Museum hosts fundraiser for planned move

Now located in a 1,000-square -foot space in Northgate Mall, the Chattanooga National Medal of Honor Museum is in the process of raising funds in order to move to a larger space downtown or on the North Shore.

Through a successful banquet fundraiser held in April the museum raised almost $20,000.

“It was the most successful event in our history,” said Executive Director Jim Wade, adding that the event drew 146 attendees.

The volunteer-run museum, which originally opened in 1987 at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium, wants to move back downtown into an interim location approximately 2,5000-3,000 square feet in size. Wade said he would eventually like for the museum to move into a more permanent 5,000- to 10,000-square-foot space.

Museum officials are currently looking at potential spaces, and Wade said he is unsure of the amount the museum still needs to raise in order to move.

“Every little bit helps,” he said. “Property downtown is quite expensive.”

The museum will hold another fundraiser on the 70th anniversary of D-Day June 6. The Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Movie Theater downtown will present two showings of “D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944” narrated by Tom Brokaw at noon and 2 p.m. All proceeds will be donated to the museum.

Medal of Honor recipient Charles Coolidge will be in attendance at the noon showing and will be introduced by retired U.S. Army Gen. Burwell Bell. The museum will also have several artifacts on display in the lobby.

“People should come to learn about the 70th anniversary of D-Day, one of the most eventful happenings of World War II, and to support our museum,” said Wade.

Tickets for the event can be ordered at community.tnaqua.org/D-Day-3D-Normandy-1944 or on the Aquarium’s website at naqua.org. A link is also available on the museum’s website at mohm.org.