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AUGUSTA — The Maine Military Historical Society’s museum at Camp Keyes is expected to close when the Maine National Guard headquarters moves to a new facility under construction in north Augusta.

Lacking a new home or a curator, the museum is expected to close because the building it is in is scheduled for demolition. It’s next to the entrance to Camp Keyes and across Winthrop Street from the Augusta State Airport passenger terminal.

Camp Chamberlain, the new Maine National Guard Joint Force Headquarters facility, located off Civic Center Drive next to the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, is expected to open next January.

That will force the museum’s volunteers to either store or find temporary homes for the countless military artifacts it holds, which include pre-Revolutionary War citizen militia flags and drill manuals, uniforms, weapons and scores of photographs from both World Wars. There’s also a Korean War-era Jeep, early 1900s photographs of musters at Camp Keyes, and items brought home by Maine soldiers after they served in conflicts in Vietnam and Iraq.

 

 

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