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Five Stars, Five Decades: 50th Anniversary Exhibit
This exhibit will be traveling to different locations within Texas throughout 2017. Please check below for dates and show locations. This list will be updated as locations are added. This exhibit is free to the public
Locations and Dates
Admiral Nimitz Museum Ballroom
February 25th - March 20th
Texas State Capitol Rotunda
April 25th - April 30th
Admiral Nimitz Museum Ballroom
July 1st - July 31st
Gillespie County Fair Grounds
August 24th - August 27th
After more than a century of operating, the Nimitz Hotel in Fredericksburg, Texas, closed its doors in 1963. Henry Schmidt, the hotel’s owner and operator had already installed a small exhibit honoring Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, but wanted to dedicate the entire building as a museum in his honor. In October, 1963 a group of 25 local area men met to discuss preserving the old Nimitz Hotel as an historic structure.
They changed the name of the organization to the Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Museum, Inc. Admiral Nimitz allowed his name to be used provided the focus of the museum remained on the men and women who served under his command during World War II. By September, 1964, the board raised enough money to purchase the Nimitz Hotel for $75,000.
Left to right: Texas Attorney General John B. Shepherd, Henry Schmidt, Arthur Stehling, Henry Joseph and J.D. Stein gathered around a scale model of the Nimitz Hotel in 1964. The Nimitz Historical Shrine, Inc. wished to restore the building to its late 19th century appearance.
After corresponding with Admiral Nimitz and securing his blessing on the endeavor, the Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Memorial Naval Museum opened in the old Nimitz Hotel on 24 February 1967, what would have been the admiral’s 82nd birthday.
Over the next 50 years the museum would grow into a world-class museum covering six acres and 50,000 square feet of exhibit space, covering the story of WWII in the Pacific Theater.
- The Wartime Silhouette: Patriotic Fashions of the 1940’s
- Five Stars, Five Decades: 50th Anniversary Exhibit
- WWII Field Kitchen Display
- March WWII Pacific Combat Program
- Nimitz Junior Corp - Cookies with Cooky
- Nimitz Dinner w/ Gov. Greg Abbott
- April WWII Pacific Combat Program
- Propaganda Art in WWII
- May WWII Pacific Combat Program
- July WWII Pacific Combat Program
- August WWII Pacific Combat Program
- Battle Buddies Classic Sporting Clay Shoot
- Before They’re Gone: Portraits & Stories of World War II Veterans
- September WWII Pacific Combat Program
- October WWII Pacific Combat Program
- Past Events
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Museum Welcomes WWII Field Kitchen Display
Over spring break the museum will host Cooky and his fully functioning WWII Field Kitchen as part of the displays at the Pacific Combat Zone.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Museum launches ‘Real-time’ Twitter Experience for Pearl Harbor
In 1941, on the most infamous day in the modern era, news of a shocking event that altered the course of human history took the span of several hours (even days) to spread through the civilized world. But,.. what if our present 24-hour news technology had existed then?