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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Wooden Nickle Unveiling Report: That's a Big Nickle...

We slipped over to the Ft Sam - Broadway part of town next to the San Antonio Botanical Gardens where if you look really closely, you can find a VFW post and the newly renovated Wooden Nickle Museum and the world's largest Wooden Nickle.
I was not aware that each year they resurface one side of the big nickle and put a new design on it. We got there with enough time to walk through the museum before sitting down to watch the unveiling ceremony.

The museum is small but filled with some interesting artifacts. It isn't just the displays of wooden nickles, there are lots of interesting antiques.

We thought this old fashioned player piano was interesting.
Admission to the museum is free so if you ever make a trip to the Botanical Gardens, you are pretty much obligated to swing by and take a look.
Outside, the folks had put together a small fair of sorts that would continue on during the afternoon. There were games and BBQ pits set up, and it looked like it was going to be a good time.
When it was time for the big event, the assembled crowd stood for the posting of the colors by a group of reenactment Buffalo Soldiers and characters from the old days. I assume they were reenactment actors. A young lady from a private school, I want to say St. Peters something or other, gave a nice performance of the National Anthem. Very well done in a Britney Spears sort of way.
The MC for the event was a dapper young man who, but for the modern aluminum crutches could have been right out of a Lonesome Dove movie set, thanked several different people and groups. The guest speaker was a man from the San Antonio area Fisher House's to explain how they help the families of military members visiting their wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coasties. What a great cause. Here in Military City, USA, we have a total of 7 Fisher Houses, three at Lackland and WHMC and four supporting Ft Sam and BAMC.

And with that, it was time for the unveiling!
We weren't able to stay and enjoy the festive event, but it was very nice to see the museum and all the interesting things inside as well as the fresh new Fisher House logo on the big wooden nickle.


Buffalo Soldier 9 said...

Keep telling that history:

Read the novel, Rescue at Pine Ridge, "RaPR", where Buffalo Bill Cody meets a Buffalo Soldier. A great story of black military history...the first generation of Buffalo Soldiers.

How do you keep a people down? ‘Never' let them 'know' their history.

The 7th Cavalry got their butts in a sling again after the Little Big Horn Massacre, fourteen years later, the day after the Wounded Knee Massacre. If it wasn't for the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, there would of been a second massacre of the 7th Cavalry.

Read the novel, “Rescue at Pine Ridge”, 5 stars Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the youtube trailer commercial...and visit the website http://www.rescueatpineridge.com

I hope you’ll enjoy the novel. I wrote it from my mini-series movie of the same title, “RaPR” to keep my story alive. Hollywood has had a lot of strikes and doesn't like telling our stories...its been “his-story” of history all along…until now. The movie so far has attached, Bill Duke directing, Hill Harper, Glynn Turman, James Whitmore Jr. and a host of other major actors in which we are in talks with…see imdb.com at; http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0925633/

When you get a chance, also please visit our Alpha Wolf Production website at; http://www.alphawolfprods.com and see our other productions, like Stagecoach Mary, the first Black Woman to deliver mail for Wells Fargo in Montana, in the 1890's, “spread the word”.


Dave said...

Thanks for visiting the blog and for the informative comments. Interesting stuff and a topic I do enjoy.

Felicia said...

Hi Dave!
Thank you for your nice words about the festival. I wish we had a chance to meet while you were there. If you and your wife get a chance to visit us again, we would love to give you the grand tour of everything.

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