The Bonita Museum & Cultural Center is excited to present the history and legacy of Navy ship design through a major exhibition opening July 1 through September 18, 2021. The exhibition curated by veteran Joe Frangiosa, Jr. explores the history of the Navy including the Marines and the start of naval aviation from the 1760’s through the 1940’s. Through this exhibition, visitors will see a unique and intriguing collage of sailor-built models, advertising, toys and collectibles that bonded Americans to the Navy.
The exhibition begins on a wooden hull warship surrounded by artifacts, memorabilia, toys, drawings, photographs, and uniform items associated with sailor-built models of that time. Visitors will travel back in time to the Iron Clad 1860’s period of ship building, and then experience the Great White Fleet (1890-1910) and see the scale replica of the U.S.S. Indiana during the Spanish American War.
The exhibition continues with the evolution of the Superdeadnaught Battleship of WWI, the early days of Naval Aviation, culminating into the Aircraft Carrier of WWII. Visitors will enjoy noting the evolution of ship design and artifacts from each period of history. Oral histories will recount Navy adventures and daily activities aboard ship.
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