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West Point collection on display March-July

A piece of the U.S. Military Academy is coming to Huntsville – nearly 100 pieces, to be exact.

The West Point Museum in West Point, New York, has opened its permanent collection to the Rocket City, as part of a special collaboration to bring just a small sampling of its more than 60,000 artifacts to Huntsville for display. The Huntsville Museum of Art presents, “Duty, Honor, Country: Highlights from the West Point Museum Collection,” March 25 through July 8. The exhibition will include almost 100 objects, featuring not only artwork, but also uniforms, weapons and other items. Retired. Brig. Gen. John Zierdt of Huntsville, and the Executive Director of the West Point Museum David Reel will open the exhibit with a lecture and reception Thursday, March 22 beginning at 6 p.m. For more information visit hsvmuseum.org.

“Huntsville is a military town, and is filled with many residents who are interested in the history of our country,” Peter Baldaia, director of curatorial affairs for the Huntsville Museum of Art, said. “The West Point Museum houses the oldest and largest diversified collection of militaria in the Western Hemisphere, and ‘Duty, Honor, Country: Highlights from the West Point Museum Collection’ will tell the story of this fabled military academy and its important contributions to American history through a display of stunning landscape paintings and portraits; rifles, swords and uniforms; war trophies; and historical artifacts that relate to the famous graduates of West Point.”

The show is not a traveling exhibit, but rather, pieces featured were handpicked by Huntsville Museum of Art curators after some local West Point alumni pitched the idea. Once the show is complete, the items will be sent back to West Point for permanent display. The exhibition will also include an alumni wall that will feature the names of West Point alums living in the North Alabama area who chose to make a monetary donation to the museum in honor of the exhibition.

“We hope the community finds this to be a great way to honor their fathers, sons, mothers, daughters, brothers and sisters, and we encourage everyone to view the exhibit while it is on display in Huntsville,” said Christopher Madkour, executive director of the Huntsville Museum of Art.

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