Atlantic County to announce plans for veterans history museum

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Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson will soon announce plans for a veterans history museum at Atlantic County Park at Estell Manor.

A press conference will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at Atlantic County Library System/Mays Landing, 40 Farragut Ave. to share plans formulated by the Atlantic County Veterans History Museum Committee, which he established in March 2013.

Former county executive and US Navy veteran Richard E. Squires chairs the committee, which was tasked with exploring the museum’s creation at the park, home to the Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery, which is also planning an expansion. Additionally, the committee was asked to identify policies and procedures for the collection of donated items.

The county has offered the use of the historic Estell Manor House to house the museum. It is the former home of Rebecca Estell Bourgeois Winston, the first mayor of Estell Manor and the first female mayor in New Jersey. The house was built in 1832 by Winston's grandfather and remodeled to its present Colonial Revival style by Winston in the 1920s. The house was purchased by the county in 1993 but has remained unoccupied.

For more information, call Atlantic County Public Information Officer Linda Gilmore at (609) 343-2313.

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