Liberty Bell Memorial Museum

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Liberty Bell Memorial Museum
Liberty Bell Memorial Museum Front 1.jpg
Liberty Bell Memorial Museum is located in Florida
Liberty Bell Memorial Museum
Location within Florida
Established 1985
Location 1601 Oak Street
Melbourne, Florida 32901
Wells Park
Coordinates 28°04′56″N 80°36′48″W / 28.0821°N 80.61331°W / 28.0821; -80.61331
Type Military & Local Interest Artifacts; U.S. History
Curator John "Coach" Tice -Executive Director
Website http://honoramerica.org/liberty-bell-memorial-museum-2/

The Liberty Bell Memorial Museum is located at 1601 Oak Street, Melbourne, Florida in Wells Park and is located adjacent to Melbourne Military Memorial Park. The museum is free to enter, and is divided into two main components: The Rotunda of American History and Freedom Hall.[1]

History[edit]

Honor America Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to American history and heritage,[2] founded the Liberty Bell Memorial Museum using a former concrete ground water storage tank and the pump house of the original Melbourne Water Works to house the museum.[3] [4] Architect Joe Vislay designed the water storage tank and pump house and contractor Robert Stitzel built it.[4] Honor America Inc. expanded the museum in 2005, adding the Freedom Hall annex to the existing facility.[1] In 2013, the Liberty Bell Memorial Museum won the prestigious Colonel John H. Magruder III Award given by the Marine Corps Historical Foundation for excellence in depicting Marine Corps history.[5][6]

The Rotunda of American History[edit]

The Rotunda houses exhibits relating to American history. These exhibits include a timeline of the history of the American nation, patriotic and historic artifacts and ephemera, Florida-specific history,[1] and a full size replica of the Liberty Bell.[7]

The museum's replica Liberty Bell was cast by Whitechapel Bell Foundry, the casters of the original bell commissioned for the Pennsylvania State House (what is now called Independence Hall). It was purchased with funds raised by local schoolchildren during the U.S. Bicentennial Celebration.[1]

Freedom Hall[edit]

Freedom Hall houses militaria relating to each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and educational exhibits regarding major conflicts in which the United States has been a belligerent.[1]

Brevard Hall of Fame[edit]

The Liberty Bell Memorial museum also houses the Brevard Hall of Fame. John "Coach" Tice founded the Brevard Hall of Fame in 2012.

Inductees[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Liberty Bell Memorial Museum -". Retrieved 2017-04-24. 
  2. ^ "Honor America, Inc". honoramerica.org. Retrieved 2017-04-24. 
  3. ^ Debra K. Minor, "Museum Rings Praises Of Liberty Bell", Orlando Sentinel, July 3, 1988.
  4. ^ a b Honor America Inc. "Liberty Bell Memorial Museum" brochure, circa 1990.
  5. ^ Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. "Thirty-Second Annual Awards Dinner" brochure (2013), p. 13.
  6. ^ Maria Sonnenberg, "Melbourne museum honors America year-round: Liberty Bell Memorial Museum celebrates country and county", Florida Today, July 4, 2013.
  7. ^ Florida Today. The Fact Book: Your Guide to Brevard County (Melbourne, Florida: Florida Today, February 28, 2004), p. 119.
  8. ^ "Ser'Darius Blain". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-04-24. 
  9. ^ "Ralph Zipper". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-04-24. 

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