As I’m going through my notes on Boise here, I’m reminded of an excellent war museum I had the opportunity to visit — the Warhawk Air Museum. Located in a hangar at the Nampa Airport, I expected to find warbirds there. And I did and they were very impressive.
What I didn’t expect to find was such an interesting collection of wartime memorabilia. From uniforms and photos to equipment, collections and even trench art; this unique museum gives visitors insight about life on the homefront as well as the battlefield.
While I was there I had a chance to talk to the executive director about donating my father’s WWII army uniform to the museum. I wanted to make sure it went someplace where it would be displayed, not just merely stashed away in a closet or sold. I was quite impressed when she said she’d love to have it, but she also wanted a photo of my dad and a little blurb about his military life to display with the uniform. After all, she said, “This museum is about people.” And you know, after she said that I looked around, and she was right. This museum really is about people.
Anyway, if you have an interest in American military history, this is the place for you. I’m also happy to report that the museum is very accessible, with lots of accessible parking, level access to the building and plenty of room to roll around in the hangar.
OK, now I have to get to work on my dad’s military bio. After all, I am a writer!