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GOAL: Produce 20 high-resolution printed interpretative display panels for the museum project.
ARTWORK: Supplied by the client.
DIMENSIONS: Small panels measured 24” x 16”. Largest panel measured 92” x 53”
MATERIALS: IJ35C matte vinyl with a luster laminate on 6 mm black Komatex PVC boards.
EQUIPMENT: HP latex 360 printer; GFP laminator.
As part of the Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot’s 100th anniversary celebration in mid-October, a retired Marine in uniform greeted visitors to the ribbon-cutting for the new exhibits at the Parris Island Museum with an enthusiastic “home of the best of the best.” He beamed with pride and dignity as he welcomed guests to learn more about the Corps culture and the role the museum plays in that culture.
The two new exhibits and an updated exhibit, which were unveiled at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, join other exhibit galleries in the 10,000-square foot museum detailing the history and traditions of the Marine Corps. The new exhibits include: the Making of a Marine, an exhibit that gives visitors a glimpse into the life of a recruit and the training process upon arrival at Parris Island with Yellow Footprints (the iconic first step toward becoming a Marine) to follow, a gas chamber, and rifle range; and The Drill Instructor, an exhibit that details the role of the DI through the different parts of training from receiving to combat conditioning, marksmanship and finally transformation into a Marine. The updated Global War on Terror exhibit features beams from the World Trade Center and large panels with engaging photographs and detailed descriptions of the Marines’ role in the GWOT.
Along with these exhibits, the museum houses thousands of artifacts, images, and illustrations that trace the development of Parris Island into a Marine Corps installation. The museum dates back forty years to when it was dedicated in 1975. Since then, the museum has welcomed recruits, Marine families, veterans, and the general public.
The museum serves as an integral part of the recruits’ training. On Day 41 of their training they visit the museum to learn about the legacy of the Corps. The recruits and other visitors can gain inspiration from the stories told through artifacts and images of the Marines who served.
While working on the museum exhibit panels with Dr. Jeanne Encalade, a retired Marine, and Kim Zawacki, the curator, the staff at Printology experienced first-hand how the museum impacts visitors. During one visit, a retired Marine pointed out to his wife the exact location of where he served on a large map of the Operation Iraqi Freedom mission. He explained his unit’s role in the battle at that location. On other days working at the museum we overheard other Marines walking through the museum sharing their experiences. So we were, to say the least, honored to be a small part of this undertaking.
The museum serves as a reminder that those who served are among the best of the best—from the retired Marine greeting us at the ribbon-cutting ceremony to the Marine who showed his wife his battle location on the map, to the fresh-faced recruits in training getting a reprieve from physical training inside the museum.