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The Seabee Museum and Park will recreate and celebrate the Seabee story at the "Original Home of the Seabees."
The Museum will preserve the rich history of achievement, both military and civic, for the "Fighting Builders" and their impact worldwide. It will also house a collection of vintage Quonset Huts, designed in Rhode Island in 1943 to support the war effort.
The Museum will promote the "CAN DO" philosophy as a universally relevant behavior for all who endeavor to succeed in life.
The Seabee Museum and Memorial Park is a non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation originally formed by retired US Navy Seabees.
It's important to note that this is a Seabee Museum, built by Seabees, run by Seabees, for Seabees and their families, as well as for the public. The majority of physical support comes from volunteer former Seabees, the Seabee Reserves, and the wives, sons, and friends of Seabees in Rhode Island.
From its founding, the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park has stood on its own, collecting grants from federal, public, and private sectors. The majority of funding received to date has been from the MCB-6 Association, other Seabees, the Rhode Island State Preservation and Historical Society, the Federal HUD Office, and a Federal Grant from the Department of Defense (allowing Seabee Reserves to perform a full summer training program here). While this may sound significant, it's only a small percentage of the bricks and mortar required to complete this tribute to the "Original Home of the Seabees." The original cost of this project was $5 million.
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