Fort Benning at 100
May 26,2018 -March 17, 2019
In connection with the regionwide celebration of Fort Benning’s centennial year, Fort Benning at 100 spotlights the base’s history in the Columbus Phenix City area. Artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection, including many recent acquisitions, will illuminate the post’s founding in the fall of 1918 and early development before its explosive growth during World War II. The base is especially notable as a training location for several schools, including the Infantry, Airborne, Rangers, Officer Candidates, and now the Armor. Fort Benning’s continual evolution throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries, often mirroring the United States’ shifting military practices and priorities, and its place in today’s U.S. Army will be examined. Soldiers’ interactions with local civilians will be a focal point, whether Columbus’ 1940s status as “Mother-in-law of the Army” or today’s collaborative working relationships between the post, city governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations.
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Join the Museum in celebrating two exhibitions that spotlight history and art from a military perspective. Fort Benning at 100 commemorates the centennial of one of the nation’s largest military posts, while From Swords to Plowshares, organized by Hollingsworth Fine Arts, presents dazzling trench art objects made by soldiers and civilians during World War I. Fort Benning officials and a representative from Hollingsworth Fine Arts will offer brief remarks followed by a closer look at exhibition highlights by Rebecca Bush, Curator of History. Light refreshments will be served.
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Title: The Triple Nickles: The History & Art of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion
Featured Speakers: David Hanselman and Dawn Williams Boyd
In December of 1943, the United States Army authorized the activation of its first all-African American unit of officers and enlisted men. Company A of the newly-activated 555th Parachute Battalion was called the “Triple Nickles.” Join us for a fascinating lunch-time talk where history and art meet. David Hanselman, Maneuver Center of Excellence Museum Director at Fort Benning, will discuss the history of the 555th, while Atlanta artist Dawn Williams Boyd discusses the research and fabrication of her fabric painting Triple Nickles. The Museum’s exhibition, Fort Benning at 100, features Boyd’s painting.
If you are interested in purchasing a $10 lunch, please contact the Education Dept. at email@example.com two days prior to the program.