Historic Coast Guard Station 2017

World War II Home Front Museum
Opening December 8, 2018

Creating a New Museum to Honor Coastal Georgia’s Home Front Efforts During World War II

 

In 1940, as war ravaged America’s allies, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called our nation the “Arsenal of Democracy.” Following Pearl Harbor, the Golden Isles became an important component of that arsenal and contributed profoundly to the war effort. The Society’s new World War II Home Front Museum at the Historic Coast Guard Station will tell the multi-faceted story of bold initiatives to protect our coast from German submarines, train fighter pilots, build Liberty Ships to supply troops overseas, and much more. State-of-the-art exhibits will provide authentic and meaningful activities for visitors of all ages to engage in, as they learn about this critical period in our nation’s history.

The Home Front Museum will raise the bar in Glynn County in terms of culture and education and preserve for future generations the truly inspiring story of Coastal Georgia’s profound contribution to the World War II effort. Detailing Glynn County’s extraordinary role during the war, the new museum will be the only permanent, standalone museum in the entire country relating to the World War II home front story. Remarkably, Glynn County was the only county nationwide to operate three critical strategic facilities – a Liberty shipyard, an airship base, and naval radar training facilities.

In 2016, the Society appointed Gallagher & Associates, a renowned museum design firm and lead exhibit designer at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, to develop the concepts and layouts for the museum. Divided into six themes, the exhibits will be housed in the two historic buildings on the site. Outdoor displays will add another dimension to the overall visitor experience. Throughout, personal stories will be told using interviews, artifacts, documents, and photographs from the Society’s collection.

A cohesive and comprehensive Master Plan has been designed to maximize the potential of the site. The scheme includes a multi-purpose open air pavilion for educational programming and a “mock dig” site for a new archaeology program being developed for area school children. Landscaping and outdoor interpretation will complete the plan, which looks into the future and sets a standard for revitalizing and beautifying the surrounding areas.

To learn more about the museum see our Case for Support.  For information about the history of the Historic Coast Guard Station, please see this link.

If you have a question about the new World War II Home Front Museum, please fill out the form below and a staff member will be in touch with you within 3 – 5 business days.

World War II Home Front Museum