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Without Space or Curator, Military Museum in Augusta Expected to Close

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One of Augusta’s hidden treasures, the Maine Military Historical Society’s museum, isn’t expected to survive the move of the Maine National Guard headquarters from Camp Keyes to a new facility, Camp Chamberlain.

The new Maine National Guard Joint Force Headquarters is expected to open in January.

Brig. Gen. Dwaine Drummond tells the Kennebec Journal that the $32 million budget for Camp Chamberlain didn’t include space for the museum. Without a home or curator, the museum will close and volunteers will scramble to store the museum’s historical artifacts.

The museum’s artifacts include Medals of Honor awarded to Maine military heroes and a pistol believed to have belonged Maj. Gen. Joshua Chamberlain. Other items include pre-Revolutionary War citizen militia flags, uniforms, weapons, photographs and war trophies according to the Associated Press.

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