Join the Caravan!
The Minnesota Historical Society sponsored a traveling museum display on WWI, and upon completion of their traveling exhibit, they have graciously agreed that the WMA Museum will be the permanent home of the Doughboy replica (a small, but significant portion of their traveling exhibit).
When the Wentworth Military Academy Museum was founded nearly two years ago, the E. M. Viquesney Doughboy was the centerpiece of our call to action. In the end, we sued and were able to stop a bank from auctioning off our Doughboy to the highest bidder. Once we were in possession of the most iconic figure from Wentworth Military Academy, we did the most selfless thing we could think of: we placed it on permanent loan and paid for its re-erection on the famous Lafayette County Courthouse lawn in Lexington, Missouri. Our receipt of a suitable indoor replacement for our Museum is clearly karma of this noble cause we are on to preserve the history and legacy of Wentworth Military Academy.
The styrofoam Doughboy has a hardened outer surface, so it's "pretty sturdy." But the bayonet was purposely not reconstructed to keep kids from pulling on it. With the 100+ year old floors in the Museum, the lightweight nature of this Doughboy is the perfect solution. The Doughboy will be placed front and center on the main level of the Museum, facing Main Street.
The Museum needs your help to pay to have the Doughboy shipped to Lexington and to support other needed on-going expenses. We will be driving 940 miles (half of 1880) and need your support!
Please join us for this great adventure. We need your participation and support. The Museum needs your assistance to make all of this and our continued success a reality.