Duty, Honor, Country: Highlights from the West Point Museum Collection

Huth, Boeing, Salmon and Haws Galleries
March 25 – July 8, 2018

The West Point Museum in West Point, NY owns the oldest and largest diversified public collection of militaria in the Western Hemisphere. This impressive holding of over 60,000 objects chronicles our nation’s founding and history, and additionally encompasses the history of the United States Military Academy at West Point, the military history of the United States Army, and the history of warfare.

Through nearly 100 objects including works of art, military uniforms, weapons, and historical artifacts, this exhibition tells the compelling story of this fabled military academy and its important contributions to our nation’s history. Highlights include stunning 19th century landscape panoramas of the West Point area and portraits of prominent West Point graduates; various cadet rifles and swords representing different eras in Academy’s history; war trophies including a British howitzer captured during the Revolutionary War and a Confederate torpedo from the Civil War; and historical artifacts associated with West Point, including a commission letter signed by Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee’s sketch of a cadet cap, Ulysses S. Grant’s Academy diploma, and General Patton’s cadet dress coat. Organized by the Huntsville Museum of Art.

Join the Huntsville Museum of Art Board of Directors and Mayor and Mrs. Tommy Battle on Thursday, March 22 for a Members’ Lecture and reception!

This event is sold out!

Lecture: In the Davidson Center for the Arts entrance off of Williams Avenue
6:00 p.m. – Brigadier General (Ret.) John Zierdt
6:30 p.m.- David M. Reel, Executive Director of the West Point Museum

Reception: In the galleries – main entrance off of Church Street
7:00-8:30 p.m. – Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres catered by Chef Narvell

Live music will be performed by the U.S. Army Materiel Command Bands “The Arsenal Brass”

$75 Museum members / $100 Non-members

Brigadier General (Ret.) John Zierdt graduated from West Point in 1966 and his family lineage reflects a long history of successful West Point graduates. He began his career as a project manager working in High Energy Laser and National Missile Defense programs and later specialized in logistical support during a 30 year Army career, which included management positions in the Pentagon. He also served as Vice President of Huntsville Operations for Orbital Sciences Corporation for 10 years.

David Reel is a nationally recognized expert in the Museum field with a particular emphasis on the fine Arts and a specialty in american nineteenth century landscape painting and military portraiture. In his twenty-five years of museum experience, he has worked with private collectors, auction houses, corporate curators and numerous museums to assemble outstanding exhibitions and collections.

Thank you Sponsors!

Lead Sponsor

Exhibition Sponsors
The Boeing Company
The Jurenko Foundation
Bullet and Barrel
Lockheed Martin
Science & Engineering Services, Inc.
Jean Wessel Templeton
Kathy and C.H. ‘Tony’ Chan
Iron Mountain Solutions
The Honorable Loretta Spencer
William H. Stender, Jr.
Raytheon Company
Aerojet Rocketdyne
Keel Point – Thomas O’Connor, CFP®
West Point Alumni Contributors to the Arts

Media Sponsor
WAFF 48 News

Additional Support Provided By
The Alabama State Council on the Arts
Altherr Howard Design
The Huntsville Museum of Art Guild

West Point Alumni Wall: Contributors to the Arts


LTC (Ret.) Joe Alexander – Class of 1970
In honor of COL (Ret.) John Michael Daley – Class of 1958, given by Jean Wessel Templeton
LTC (Ret.) Keith R. Darrow – Class of 1984
In memory of CPT Jason Luz Gonzalez – Class of 1998, given by Ian Northrop and Jeff Showalter Class of 1998
In honor of LTC (Ret.) John Hamilton – Class of 1969, given by Dr. and Mrs. Jerry and Charlene Graham
In honor of COL (Ret.) Jimmy C. Hill – Class of 1959, given by Andi and Steve Hill
COL (Ret.) Arthur C. Meier, II – Class of 1963
Mr. Thomas Blake Mitchell – Class of 1993
In memory of 1LT James Bruce Morgan – Class of 1958, given by Jean Wessel Templeton
William D. Mounger – Class of 1948
1LT Allen Davis Murray – Class of 2016, given by Melanie and Rhett Murray
LTC (Ret.) Robert Reynolds – Class of 1975
Dr. Joe Ross – Class of 1995
In honor of Mr. Michael Frank Ryan – Class of 1969, given by Patsy Ryan
COL (Ret.) Carleton Smith – Class of 1979
LTC (Ret.) Thomas M. Thompson – Class of 1958
In honor of Middie Y. Thompson – Contributor to the Arts, given by Tommy Thompson
1LT (Honorable Discharge) La’Berrick Williams – Class of 2005
In memory of MG John Zierdt – Class of 1937, given by Brigadier General John Zierdt, Jr.


In honor of MG (Ret.) Joseph L. Bergantz – Class of 1971, given by Helen A. Bergantz
LTC (Ret.) Bill and BJ Brigadier – Class of 1967
In memory of MG Edwin H.J. Carns- Class of 1929, given by Anne and George Lewis
In honor of Doctor Edwin H.J. Carns (COL Ret.) – Class of 1963, given by Anne and George Lewis
In memory of LTC James D. Coker, given by BG (Ret.) Philip D. Coker – Class of 1974
In honor of LTC (Ret.) Randall Cox – Class of 1970, given by Janet Cox
LTC (Ret.) Robert A. Dunn – Class of 1975
In memory of COL John C. Evans, given by BG (Ret.) Philip D. Coker – Class of 1974
In memory of MAJ Edward G. Hale, Jr. – Class of 1958, given by Matthew and Jessica Brown
COL (Ret.) Tom Haller – Class of 1970
BG (Ret.) Robert McCaleb – Class of 1982
LTC (Ret.) John F. Miller – Class of 1968
LTC (Ret.) Robert W. Morris – Class of 1977
COL (Ret.) Craig Naudain – Class of 1977
In honor of CPT Joseph M. Patterson – Class of 2003, given by Dr. Teresa and Phillip Patterson
COL (Ret.) Lewis A. Rice- Class of 1963, given by Kitty LaBay
LTC (Ret.) Stephen D. Rice- Class of 1971
COL (R) USA Andrew J. Stanley Jr.  – Class of 1975
COL (Ret.) Gary Stewart – Class of 1966
In memory of Frank Warner – Class of 1982, given by COL (Ret.) Ricki Sullivan, Class of 1982
LTC (Ret.) John Warnke – Class of 1980
MAJ (Ret.) Bill Wilhelm – Class of 1981
In honor of CPT Donis R. Wolfe – Class of 1967, given by Sarah K. Curtis