FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 4, 2014
Contact: Anne Strong
Telephone: (301) 279-9697
History Associates Creates Exhibit Content for Two New Military Cemeteries for the American Battle Monuments Commission
History Associates, the leading U.S. historical services firm, along with the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) and design firm Gallagher & Associates, celebrated the opening and dedication of two new visitor centers at World War II military cemeteries. The Cambridge American Cemetery Visitor Center in Cambridge, England and the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery Visitor Center in Nettuno, Italy, were dedicated on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014.
“As time passes, it becomes more important to provide context for why these cemeteries were established – and how and why those honored within them died,” said Dr. James Lide of History Associates. “The new visitor centers at Cambridge and at Sicily-Rome help ensure that we preserve the memory of American service and sacrifice for visitors of all nations.”
History Associates was responsible for developing the content for the new exhibits, which were created to help visitors understand the historical context of the commemorative sites and to provide a personal connection to the soldiers buried there. In close collaboration with Gallagher, the ABMC, and multimedia vendors, History Associates researched and developed storylines, secured images, and created battle maps to support the exhibit panel displays.
In addition to drafting the final scripts and securing licensing for images, historians acquired artifacts that would bring the war to a personal level, such as a soldier’s guide books, a K-ration Hershey bar, and an M1 helmet. While conducting research, they also worked closely with the next of kin of some of the soldiers buried in the cemetery in order to tell personal stories in a special Sacrifice Gallery.
With the approach of the centennial, the development team is also working on new visitor centers for the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and the Flanders Field American Cemetery to commemorate the achievements and sacrifice of Americans during World War I.
About the American Battle Monuments Commission
Established by Congress in 1923, the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) commemorates the service, achievements, and sacrifice of U.S. armed forces. ABMC manages 24 overseas military cemeteries and 25 memorials, monuments, and markers. Nearly all the cemeteries and memorials specifically honor those who served in World War I or World War II. The sacrifice of more than 218,000 U.S. servicemen and women is memorialized at these locations. Nearly 125,000 American war dead are buried at ABMC cemeteries, with an additional 94,000 individuals commemorated on Tablets of the Missing. For more information on ABMC visit www.abmc.gov or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/abmcpage.
About History Associates
For more than thirty years the historians and archivists at History Associates have demonstrated that history is valuable in the market as well as the marketplace of ideas. They provide professional corporate histories, exhibit content, interpretive planning, historical research, archival services, and collections management services to clients throughout the United States and around the world. History Associates strives to be The Best Company in History®, serving corporate, government, legal, and nonprofit clients from its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. For more information, call (301) 279-9697 or visit www.historyassociates.com.