May 27, 1999
UPTON - As a prelude to Memorial Day, Long Island veterans and Brookhaven National Laboratory employees today honored those who served in both world wars by officially opening a new museum housing the renowned Camp Upton Historical Collection.
Camp Upton was a major Army training center for soldiers in World War I, and an induction center during World War II. The site became Brookhaven National Laboratory in 1947. Some of the veterans who attended today's event were trained at Camp Upton.
"Today, we pause to remember those who passed through this site on their way to serve our country, and especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice," said Laboratory Director John Marburger. "But we also look forward to telling their stories to Long Islanders young and old in this new museum, even as we at the Laboratory continue to build upon the 52 years of peaceful scientific research conducted on this site since Brookhaven was founded."
The historical collection contains numerous unique artifacts donated to or found at Brookhaven, including uniforms, photographs and spent munitions. It was a popular attraction at the Laboratory's Science Museum until 1997, when the museum moved to a smaller temporary building and the collection was put into storage.
The new museum is located in Camp Upton's former chapel. It will be open to public and school groups by reservation and to the general public during the Laboratory's Summer Sunday open houses from July 11 to August 29. The new museum, which is part of Brookhaven's efforts to open its site to the general public, will be overseen by Museum Programs Head Janet Tempel.
Local WW II veterans help BNL Director John Marburger (center) and BNL Museum Programs head Janet Tempel (right) cut the ribbon to open the new Camp Upton museum. BNL Director John Marburger (right) and local WW II veterans who were inducted into the Army at Camp Upton examine some of the many artifacts displayed in the new museum.