Putnam Honors Rock Island Arsenal Innovations for our Troops

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

DAVENPORT, Iowa (May 20, 2015) – Opening D-Day, Saturday June 6th, the Putnam is partnering with the Rock Island Arsenal to bring the Arsenal of Innovation Exhibit to the Quad Cities!

About the Exhibit

Discover all about the inventive and innovative spirit and impact of the Rock Island Arsenal! Beginning Saturday, June 6th and running through Sunday, November 15th, experience artifacts from the Rock Island Arsenal Museum collection that showcase the history of innovations made in manufacturing and weaponry through the years. Also get a sense of what the Rock Island Arsenal is, its history and impact on the Quad Cities Region.

Included in the exhibit are several hands-on areas, including:

· Crank Derrick: Find out how to build large structures without the use of motorized equipment.

· Target Practice: How do you train soldiers to shoot? Take aim at a target based on Arsenal design.

· Parachute Drop: Create your very own paracrate design and put your engineering skills to the test when it takes the plunge!

Many thanks to DynCorp International, Rock Island Arsenal Development Group and Regalia for their sponsorship of this exhibit.

Opening Day Events

The Putnam will be opening early on Saturday, June 6th for a Public Grand Opening event. Doors will open at 9:30am with the ceremony beginning promptly at 10:00am. A color guard, soldier re-enactors, Arsenal military personnel and others will be present for the ribbon cutting of the exhibit.

Blue Star Museum Status

The Putnam is excited to announce that it is a Blue Star Museum. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 25, 2015, through Labor Day, September 7, 2015. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps - and up to five family members.

On opening weekend of the Arsenal of Innovation Exhibit, the Putnam is extending this offer to all veterans! All veterans must show Veterans ID cards to gain FREE Admission for themselves and up to five family members Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7.

Volunteers Needed

If you are interested in military history and invention, or simply like to meet and greet people, please consider donating a morning or afternoon of your time to serve as a docent or visitor guide for this exhibit. Weekend shifts (normally 3 hours a piece) are especially helpful. Weekend hours are Saturdays (10 AM – 5 PM) and Sundays (Noon – 5 PM).

Docents will engage the public to speak about the objects and ideas presented in the exhibit. Guides will be asked to meet and greet and/or assist our visitors as they make their way to and from the exhibit. The ideal volunteers for these positions are outgoing, comfortable with speaking with people and willing to engage visitors in conversation.

We are also in need of skilled craftspeople to volunteer for the construction of this exhibit. Construction begins May 28.

Contact Nichole Myles (nmyles@putnam.org) or Chris Chandler (cchandler@putnam.org) at 563-324-1054 to arrange to become a member of the Arsenal of Innovation team.

Accompanying Film: D-Day: Normandy 1944 3D

Also launching on D-Day, Saturday, June 6th is the latest film to hit the National Geographic GIANT Screen: D-Day: Normandy 1944 3D.

Narrated by renowned journalist and author Tom Brokaw, “D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944” provides a new, penetrating look at this defining moment in history in a truly unique manner. D-Day itself is well-known, yet few know in detail exactly why and how, from the end of 1943 through August 1944, this became the most important location in the world.

“We wanted to make a film to pay tribute to the millions of men and women, soldiers and civilians, who gave their lives for our freedom 70 years ago. Regardless of nationality, virtually everyone today has a parent, grandparent or even a great-grandparent with a connection to World War II,” explained writer & director Pascal Vuong. “I thought for a long time about how to produce a large format documentary on this subject, and finally found my own way of telling this complex story to family audiences using a brand-new ‘cocktail,’ mixing innovative film techniques.”

Blending multiple cinematographic formats, including animation, CGI and stunning live-action images, “D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944” brings this monumental event to the world’s largest screens for the very first time. Exploring science, technology, engineering and mathematics, audiences of all ages, including new generations, will discover from a new perspective in breathtaking 3D how this landing changed the course of history.

“What I was drawn to in this film is that it tells us the story of D-Day in a new way that gives such clarity to one of the most important events in the history of mankind,” said Brokaw. “I originally thought this was going to be another traditional documentary featuring grainy black & white footage, but as soon as I saw the first minutes of this film on the giant screen in 3D, I found it irresistible.”

More Information

For more information on the Arsenal of Innovation Exhibit, opening day events, or the D-Day: Normandy 1944 3D film, please contact Anna Renkosiak at arenkosiak@putnam.org or visit our website at www.putnam.org.

What’s happening at the Putnam!

Quad Cities Museums Week, June 13-21: Twenty museums from across the Quad Cities region will come together for the first ever, Quad Cities Museum Week! Enjoy this celebration of our region's museums and participate in special activities, exhibits and promotions during this fun-filled week. The Putnam will be celebrating with a special extended hours day on Friday June 19th with a Gadgets Galore theme until 9pm. To learn more about the special activities and participating museums visit http://www.qcmuseumweek.com/!

Back by popular demand-Summer Engineering Camps! Don’t miss this opportunity to create and learn alongside Iowa State college students and Professional Engineers. Explore robotics, test your engineering problem-solving and even take in a giant screen film. Lunch and t-shirt included in this special camp! Sponsored in-part by: Iowa State University College of Engineering and Quad City Engineering and Science Council.

About the Putnam

The Putnam has been inspiring ideas, dialogue and interaction among people of all ages for nearly 150 years! And today, we’re better than ever with hands-on fun for the whole family! Launch rockets or interact with a robot in our Science Center, visit our famous mummies in Unearthing Ancient Egypt, climb into a treehouse in Black Earth | Big River or go back in time to see our region’s history in River, Prairie, and People. Also experience internationally-recognized traveling exhibits or take in a movie in our National Geographic Giant Screen Theater with a screen towering 6 stories tall! Our welcoming team is dedicated to helping you discover and explore in a friendly and engaging place. For more information about current and upcoming events, exhibits and movies, follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/PutnamMuseum.