Museum Open House Brings History To Life

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COLLEGE STATION- History is no longer just something some students read about in a textbook. The Museum of the American GI in south College Station offered them a front row seat Friday.

Brett Bolton is a junior at Leon High School. The 16-year-old said he's always had a passion for World War II, especially weaponry.

"It's beautiful history," said Bolton. "They're just works of art."

He and his classmates got out of the classroom to get an up close look at historic military vehicles and uniforms, which is something Bolton said he's grateful for.

"A lot more students, I think, will pay more attention to it because they aren't in the classroom," said the student. "They aren't bored out of their minds. They are actually seeing history, feeling it and it's right in front of them."

This is the fifteenth year the museum has held the open house, but for the first time ever, they have invited schools from across the state to see history come alive.

"This is really the next genesis of our dream," said Leisha Mullins with the Museum of the American GI. "We want to be able to have the kids, we want to have that educational part and so, it is wonderful to be able to see this come through."

Saturday, visitors will be transported through time back to World War I and World War II where they can see even more - from weapons demonstrations to a Nazi German infantry camp.

Kurt Wolff plays the head Sergeant of the Waffen SS, the front line combat troops for Germany during World War II. Wolff said the event has given him a greater appreciation of what it means to be an American.

"Remember the people who fought and died 75 years ago so we never have to do it again," Wolff said. "The American soldier at that time had to get yanked away from their home to go out and fight these guys."

Because at the end of the day, he said that's what this is about, appreciating those who fought for our nation's freedom.