This year marks the 100th anniversary of the United States official involvement in World War One. 117,000 men and women gave their lives in World War One to liberate Europe from the Germans. This war was called “The Great War”, and was supposed to be “the war to end all wars”. However, history proved this not to be the case as the U.S. was at war again 20 years later in World War Two.
The Cannon Falls Military History Museum will be open this year with an extensive display of Spanish American War, Mexican Border War and World War One historic military items. Displays include: The Weapons of War, Women at War, Training Camp, Pioneer Infantry, Cavalry, Air Service, Navy, Marine Corps, Spanish American War and Mexican Border War items. All items are from the associated era with no reproductions of remakes, making every item at least 100 years old.
This years display features the largest known private collection of WW1 militaria in Minnesota. Because this collection is so extensive, it is anticipated that the museum will be displaying this era indefinitely, bringing in different artifacts on a regular basis. For all of you history buffs, this is a display that you won’t want to miss. It will include items from the Indian Wars through the Occupation Of Germany after WW1.
Some of the uniforms of past area veterans on display this year include those from: George VanDenheuvel, Elwood Clarence Smith, Selmer Aslakson, Herbert Matz, Daniel Thompson, Samuel Ellison, Hoogan Brenna, Fredrick Arnold Perrett, L. H. Kath, Arthur L. Forsberg, Dr. William H. Rumpf and Otto O. Palmer.
There is NO CHARGE for admission to the museum. Please follow the museum signs that will be posted along County Road #24 west of the new highway overpass on Highway #52 and County Road #24 (about 2.5 miles). The address is: 33504 Warsaw Trail. Museum hours are: Saturday July 1st from 10:00AM- 2:00PM, Sunday July 2nd 10:00AM- 2:00PM and Monday July 3rd 10:00AM- 2:00PM and CLOSED ON JULY 4TH or open on other days by appointment.
Cannon Falls Military History Museum
33504 Warsaw Trail
Cannon Falls, MN 55009