Military museum announces upcoming event plans

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published April 22, 2015

 A 1965 Dodge Coronet 500 is reflected in another car’s hubcap during the museum’s 2014 car show.

A 1965 Dodge Coronet 500 is reflected in another car’s hubcap during the museum’s 2014 car show.

File photo by Sean Work


EASTPOINTE — While the series of guest speakers and talks at the Michigan Military Technical & Historical Museum may be finished for the moment, its administrators still have some plans for the spring and summer months.

Chris Causley, president of the museum, said on-site activities are limited to two in June. The museum is hosting a rummage sale June 6, and Causley said the museum will hold a car show June 12.

The “Bargain Hunters Paradise Rummage Sale” is scheduled to run from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the museum parking lot. Attendance is free, though anyone interested in renting booth space must pay $15. The price is $5 for museum members. Vendors must bring their own tables and chairs.

The car show, now in its fourth year, will run from 4-8 p.m. with registration open from 3-6 p.m. The car show is scheduled to have food, trophies and music. There is no registration fee, though a donation to the museum is requested.

Additionally, Causley said the museum will be participating in Eastpointe’s Cruisin’ Gratiot event a week later.

“We plan on being out in support of the Eastpointe Gratiot cruise,” Causley said. “We just finished the restoration of our Dodge M37 (truck) and plan on taking it to the cruise and showing it at some of the local car shows and cruises.”

Beyond the museum grounds, Causley said the museum plans on having a display in Warren for the 70th anniversary of V-E Day — which marked the end of World War II operations in Europe — on May 8, as well as at Macomb Mall on May 9 for its Heroes Day event.

The display in Warren will feature items and gear from the museum’s collection, as well as a few items from its members that date back to the end of World War II. The Dodge M37 will be appearing at the Macomb Mall event, Causley said.

Museum members will participate in a World War II re-enactment July 11-12 at the Chesterfield Historic Village on Sugarbush Road.

“The WWII re-enactment will be themed around ‘Operation Cobra,’ which was the breakout from Normandy in July of 1944,” Causley said. “We usually draw in re-enactors from Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.”

Liz Furton, president of the Chesterfield Historical Society, said this will be the “third or fourth year” that the re-enactment has taken place. She said her uncle, former Historical Society Vice President Roy Rivard, is the one who started getting the re-enactors to come to the Chesterfield Historic Village.

“They come in and they set up camp,” Furton said. “Some of them stay the night at the village, while others will commute back and forth if they live close by.”

Finally, on Aug. 30, the museum’s members will participate in the Huron Pointe Sportsmen’s Association’s Heritage Days celebration. Causley said they will be at the Huron Pointe Sportsmen’s Association, 35800 E. 28 Mile Road in Lenox Township, where they typically have a tent set up to display historic firearms from their collection.

If they get enough people and permission from the range master, Causley said. they may be able to do a live-fire demonstration with some of the World War II weapons.

Anyone interested in participating in the rummage sale or car show can call (586) 872-2581. The museum is located at 16600 Stephens Road.