Fort Sill breaks ground on Field Artillery Museum

FORT SILL--After seven years of planning and fundraising, ground was broken on Fort Sill's Field Artillery Museum, which will allow the Post to put on display artifacts that have long been in storage.

According to Fort Sill's museum director, Towana Spivey, less than 2% of Fort Sill's artifacts are currently on display due to the small size of the current museum.  Spivey said most museums typically display about 40% of their artifacts.

"We try very hard to be as helpful to the public as we can and access things that are in storage and not out where they can be seen," Spivey said.

"I said, 'Towana, what's the most valuable piece or artifact that we have here,'" recalled Fort Sill Commanding General David C. Ralston.  "He said, 'oh I don't know it may be the caisson that carried FDR.'  We have that and nobody knows about that.  It's things like that we've had locked up that we can't bring to display until this."

The new museum will be located near Randolph Road with the parking lot on the site of Missile Park.  The new museum will boast 38,000 square feet and is expected to be completed no later than June 1, 2008.  The money for the project has been raised through grants and private donations.

Spivey said Thursday the current museum averages about 200,000 visitors a year, but added an Oklahoma Tourism Department study indicated that a new museum could triple that number.