In May of 2017, we prepared to close the doors of The Military Museum of Fort Worth and scale back to temporary exhibits in a mobile-museum format. The final day to view our last exhibit would have been Saturday, March 11, 2017. After much soul-searching and with appreciation for the opportunity to have served the public of Fort Worth and their visitors for eight years, lack of funding made it necessary to close the physical museum.
As we looked forward to continuing to serve the public with temporary exhibits scattered around the city, one Facebook posting changed everything.
Out of the blue, we were contacted by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about our closing and they ran a story. Next, NBC sent a crew and Fort Worth Business Press sent a reporter. Since that Facebook post to announce our closing, attendance skyrocketed, people volunteered and a like-minded member of a family foundation stepped up with the funding needed to keep our doors open for six months.
Weeks after the flurry of attention from the public and press, we were offered preview space for our new location. The preview space located in Rodeo Plaza in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards is in the same building as the permanent space at which we will host our Grand Opening Memorial Day, May 28, 2018.
We are heartily thankful to all of you who came forward to help us preserve and present heroic stories of the men and women of the United States Military by helping to keep open the doors to The Military Museum of Fort Worth.
Board of Directors
We are veterans, historians, military enthusiasts and business people that volunteer our services to honor, preserve and share the stories of men and women of the United States Military.
Trace Chinworth, CEO
Jim Barnett, Treasurer
Bob Gill, Director
Bill Mastin, Vice President
John Kalvelage, Director
Chris Walker, Director
Tyler Alberts, Executive Director
Brandon Morely, Director
Mike Zamulinski, Director
Karen Ferguson, Director Communications