Renovated 4th Infantry Division Museum Reopens
From left, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Crosby, Charles R. Bowery Jr., executive director of the Center for Military History and chief of history for the U.S. Army; Maj. Gen. Ryan F. Gonsalves, commanding general, 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson; and Rod Chisholm, deputy garrison commander; prepare to cut the ribbon June 24 to reopen the 4th Inf. Div. Museum.
After more than eight months of renovations, the 4th Infantry Division Museum reopened to the public following a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 24.
"It's truly amazing what they have done here," said Maj. Gen. Ryan F. Gonsalves, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson. "They have expanded the exhibit area to 3,900 square feet, brought many new historical items into the museum and rewrote the 4th Infantry Division storyline from World War I to current operations into an interactive experience."
The museum closed Nov. 1 and was completely redesigned with immersive exhibits to enhance visitors' experiences while learning more about the U.S. Army, Fort Carson and the 4th Inf. Div. The museum is fully funded by the Center for Military History.
The museum had 80,000 visitors the year before the closure, according to officials.
"This division has an amazing history," said Charles R. Bowery Jr., executive director of the Center for Military History and chief of history for the U.S. Army. "This division's history has spanned the modern Army's and set standards in many ways with numerous Medal of Honor recipients and a record of bravery and valor. This division deserves a world-class museum and they have been able to emplace that here at Fort Carson."
The mission of the 4th Inf. Div. Museum is to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret historically significant artifacts related to the history of the division and to support post education, training, research and historical programs.
The museum is also a training tool to teach the 4th Inf. Div.'s history, impart leadership's lessons and develop esprit de corps for current and future "Iron Horse" Soldiers, said Gonsalves.
"The biggest difference with the new museum is that it is now an immersive experience," said Joseph Berg, curator. "So you are now walking through a World War I trench line, walking off the end of a landing craft on Utah Beach and being greeted by Theodore Roosevelt Jr. when you are standing on Utah Beach as he is waving you ashore telling you 'The war starts right here.'"
The museum has a space for small events and is available to host receptions. It also has "foot lockers of history" available for staff to attend community events while speaking about historical affairs to provide a background of military life and military materiel culture, according to Berg.
"We are known as one of the best small museums in Colorado Springs you have never heard of," said Berg. "We are hoping to become the best little museum in Colorado Springs that you have heard of."
The museum is located in building 6013, adjacent to the Visitor Control Center to the south of Gate 1. It is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Col. Richard Zellmann, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, describes objects in the Vietnam War exhibit to a fellow Soldier during the reopening of the 4th Infantry Division Museum on Fort Carson June 24. The museum closed Nov. 1 and was completely redesigned with immersive exhibits and more interactive visitor experiences.
The Camp Carson Story display welcomes visitors to the 4th Infantry Division Museum at Fort Carson. The museum held a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 24 to reopen the museum to the public.