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Dahlgren Museum to open doors to the public on Feb. 15

Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:02 pm

DAHLGREN—The Dahlgren Heritage Museum is set to open its doors to the public for the first time on a regular operating schedule.

Beginning on Saturday, Feb. 15, the museum will be open from noon to 4 p.m. and be open on the third Saturday of each month.

The museum is operated by the non-profit Dahlgren Heritage Foundation to showcase and help preserve the history, traditions, heritage and culture of the U.S. Navy and other U.S. Department of Defense activities located at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, Va.

In addition to establishing and operating the Dahlgren Heritage Museum, the foundation supports the long-term preservation efforts and educational activities associated with sharing the stories and interpreting the U.S. military’s physical, technical, intellectual and social contributions to King George County, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the nation.

“This is our initial attempt to establish regular hours at the museum,” commented Susan Prien, administrative officer for the Dahlgren Heritage Foundation.

“Our hope is to be able to expand our hours as we are able to bring on additional volunteers to help staff the museum,” she explained.

A one-hour training seminar for volunteers to serve as docents at the museum is currently being offered on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 5 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 1, at noon.

Any adult interested in volunteering to serve as a docent (a person who leads tours especially through a museum or art gallery) is invited to attend the training, which will be conducted at the Dahlgren Museum.

The Dahlgren Heritage Museum is located in the former Virginia Gateway Visitor Center on Highway 301 in King George adjacent to Wayside Park on the Potomac River.  The street address for the museum is 3540 James Madison Hwy., King George, Va. 22485.