Items from Camp Upton on display.
When the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook decided to launch an exhibit on “Long Island at War,” it wasn’t a surprise that contacting Brookhaven Lab would be on their “to do” list. After all the Lab site, originally Camp Upton during World War I and World War II, had an interesting and rich history long before it became Brookhaven National Laboratory where physicists could study peaceful uses of the atom and lead the Lab to become a world-class scientific institution. Before there were accelerators, light sources, nano centers, and biology and chemistry buildings, the site was home to barracks, officers’ quarters, and training trenches. The Camp served as an induction and training camp during World War I, and later as an induction camp and military rehabilitation center for returning soldiers during World War II.
Over the years, the Laboratory has received many military items relating to Camp Upton, donated by members of the community. According to Tim Green, the Lab’s Cultural Resource manager, the Lab now holds quite a collection of artifacts that includes sheet music from well-known American composer Irving Berlin and a bugle from the World War I era, as well as military uniforms, diaries, and photos.
The Long Island Museum exhibit featuring some of these items will run through December 28, 2014. Also included in the Long Island at War exhibit are items from the Roosevelt estate and Grumman Aerospace Corporation.
To learn more visit: www.bnl.gov/newsroom/news.php?a=25005.
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