November 9, 2016

First Division Museum to Close Temporarily

The First Division Museum at Cantigny Park will soon close its doors to help write a new chapter in history.

Beginning November 12, the museum will be closed to visitors in order for a major redesign to take place.

Existing galleries will be updated with more interactive and digital technology.

And a whole new gallery with never before seen artifacts will be added to continue to tell the story of the First Division since it came home from Vietnam in 1970.

“We’ll have a piece of the Berlin Wall, to represent the end of the Cold War for example, we’ll have all kinds of soldier paraphernalia, things that soldiers carried with them both personal things and uniforms, equipment, things like that,” said Dr. Paul Herbert, Executive Director of the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park.

The museum will hold a presentation on November 15 to highlight the changes and will take their history lesson on the road, telling the First Infantry’s story at various locations while the museum is closed.

“Our job is to present the history of the First Division to the visiting public so that our fellow citizens, our neighbors, are a little more familiar with their army and their soldiers, and with the history of that army,” said Dr. Herbert.

The museum will reopen August 26, 2017.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.

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