The flat roof covering a large area of the Museum was damaged by a severe wind and rain storm in March 2018, causing damage to the ceiling in the Museum's library. The roof was replaced and the WW II era library ceiling was replaced with drywall, textured, and painted in February 2019. The new ceiling made such an improvement to the appearance of the library that it was decided to replace the leak stained WW II era ceiling in the front entrance (quarterdeck) with the same material, texture, and paint.
New lighting was also installed in the front entrance.
The new ceilings and lighting upgrades have greatly enhanced the appearance of the Museum building and the hundreds of artifacts and displays therein.
The Museum's next major imporvement project will be to replace the tile flooring in a large portion of the Museum.
A visit to the Museum is required to truly appreciate this unique Museum.
Military Sea Services Museum Robbed
July 2019. Sad News!!! The Museum was recently robbed of its lap top computer containing valuable data and many hours of hard work. We are seeking funds to recover our $500.00 insurance deductable and increase our security. We are also in need of funds to replace the old, broken and buckling tile flooring in a major portion of the Museum. If you wish to support our efforts, please send your tax deductable donations to the Military Sea Services Museum, 1402 Roseland Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870. Donations of any amount will go a long way to help these efforts. Thank you for your support of these worthwhile efforts.
Other events going on within the Sebring area:
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2019
AT 1 PM, at The Champion for Children Circle Theatre,
202 Circle Park Drive In Sebring.
Patriots Chapter of DAR along with the Highlands Chapter Sons of the American Revolution will present a very special program celebrating the Constitution of the United States of America. This is sponsored by the Champion for Children Foundation and local businesses and private individuals. Living Historian and Constitutional scholar, Allan K. Stone, will present an entertaining and informative program on the development of the Constitution. Pastor Derek Lambert of the First Baptist Church Sebring will present the role of God and Christianity in the founding of our government. There will be musical and other entertaining presenters. This is a free event and suitable for all ages. Please invite your friends, family and neighbors and be sure to come and support this event.
Constitution Week is designated from September 17-23 2019. This year will commemorate the 232nd anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. DAR Patriot Chapter Daughters, Jan Grove, Roberta Flowers, and Jan Beckley have provided displays at our local libraries for all to appreciate.
Information was forwarded to Military Sea Services Museum site and Members by Sybil Kissner
Memorial Day Ceremony at the Military Sea Services Museum
The ceremony to mark Memorial Day hosted by the Veterans Council of Highlands County at the Military Sea Services Museum on 27 May 2019 was a huge success. The ceremony honored all who died while serving in the nation's armed forces. More than 300 people, including numerous Highlands County and city of Sebring officials attended. Everyone was pleased with the appropriateness of the ceremony and all were impressed by our guest speaker, Medal of Honor recipient Major General James E. Livingston, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired. Nearly all 300 plus who attended the outside ceremony toured the Museum and we heard nothing but favorable comments.
The Veterans Council will host the 25 May 2020, Memorial Day observance at the Museum. Details about the 2020 Memorial Day observance will be published when available.
See flyer below for information about General Livingston and his book.
"Nights at the Sea Services Museum"
Who: Military Sea Services Museum
What: "Nights at the Sea Services Museum" - Have you ever wondered how history might have been altered had just one battle gone the other way? For most of us armchair historians, studying the military history of the United States is usually a solitary pursuit. Now, however, using the resources of the Museum Library and the internet, our organization will host informal discussion groups on topics that should stimulate analysis through reading and research by participants and perhaps lead to a better understanding of historical events. Propounding your own theory on why things worked out the way they did or debating how this or that leader made the right or wrong decision should make good grist for the discussion mill stone.
Where: The setting will be the Museum Library where coffee and light refreshments will be served free of charge. Address: 1402 Roseland Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870 (one mile east of Sebring High School).
The October 2018 through April 2019 discussions were a great success. Nearly 30 people attended each monthly discussion. All were pleased and went away more aware of our Country's history. All the participants are eager to start another series of history discussions.
If possible, these sessions may start again this winter. Keep tuned for additional info.
For additional information and a list of reference material for each discussion, please contact the museum at 863-385-0992.
Come on out and enjoy a lively discussion at The Military Sea Services Museum,
"Where history comes
The Battle of Kursk
The Battle of Kursk, the World's Greatest Tank Battle Came to the Military Sea Services Museum on 5 July 2019, the 76th anniversary of the Battle. More than 30 people engaged in two different tank simulation video games: the World of Tanks and War Thunder. Participants were coached on the various German and Soviet tanks and used these in battle simulations. In addition, short seminars were held on the history of the German-Soviet campaign. Participants wanted to know when the next games will be held.
If possible, additional games emulating historical battles/events will be sponsored by the Museum later in the year. Stayed tuned for additional details.
Monthly Dinner Announcement
*Please note: There will not be a dinner in March 2020.
At 1400 on the fourth Sunday of every month except November and December
the Museum has a fund raising dinner.
All Museum members and their guest are encouraged to attend.
Please contact John Cecil if you plan to attend at:
Florida Charitable Organization Registration #CH33043
A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE OR ON THEIR WEBSITE www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.