Wondering if there is a Wargame Museum out there somewhere?

I keep picking up games at the local thrift and used bookstores to keep them from being consigned to the trash.

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Comment by Scott Udell on August 17, 2009 at 11:03pm
I've heard that CARL (I think it was CARL) used to (still does?) have a collection of board wargames, but that there was some question about maintaining it (I don't know if "collection" is the right word--I don't know if it was/is organized as such).

I've also heard a tale, perhaps apocryphal, that when the CGSC moved on to computer sims they had to decide what do do with divisions' worth of GHQ minis. As the tale goes, GHQ didn't want them dumped on the market for fear of ruining their business, so the minis were melted down.

If neither CARL nor the College are willing to/able to protect the wargames they have, then the Frontier Army Museum may be the best and perhaps only place on post to do so (and they would have the focus and expertise, too, being a museum and all!).
Comment by Bob King on March 19, 2008 at 11:34am
Adding on to Tom's suggestion about Leavenworth, the Frontier Army Museum often has a couple of games on display in one of their exhibits. In one of the glass cases, there's a series of games. I recall it included a very early Army wargame, Tactics II and some Squad Leader. I believe there was a micro armor display also - with the theme of wargaming over the years.

The curator, himself a gamer, also makes a large gathering room in the museum available for gaming one weekend day each month - referred to as Simulation Saturday.

The professional practice of wargaming is a key component o the curriculum at The Army Command and General Staff College, also located at Fort Leavenworth. So, I could definitely see the potential for expanding the local museum's collection and display.

There may not be sufficient room to include an entire collection, but perhapd it could be done as a rotational exhibit, with a few games on at a time. Or maybe rotate them based upon time of year or different eras.
Comment by Brian Blad on March 11, 2008 at 5:28pm
Leavenworth..Allegedly where the gold is..probably a safe place to store and eventually display all the irreplaceable games that we all have sitting around..
Comment by Brian Blad on March 11, 2008 at 5:28pm
Leavenworth..Allegedly where the gold is..probably a safe place to store and eventually display all the irreplaceable games that we all have sitting around..
Comment by Tom Meier on March 11, 2008 at 10:07am
Well, Leavenworth is inexpesnive and located only 20 min from KCI airport and along I-70, I-29 and I-35. Plus I know a guy on the Museum board too :-)

What about putting Don and Eric in the library? We could do up some manican's or wax figures for when they are on break. They could be posed sitting at a table playing Kreigspiele.
Comment by Lewis Goldberg on March 11, 2008 at 6:42am
I vote that it is located in Baltimore (as long as we're fantacizing here). :-)
Comment by Don Chappell on March 10, 2008 at 9:16pm
Perhaps a better way of looking at it would be as a Library. Maybe even a circulating library...?

Maybe the BPA...?
Comment by John Kranz on March 10, 2008 at 7:46pm
Matt -- perfect comment! Too funny.
Comment by Mark Mahaffey on March 6, 2008 at 8:38am
James and I understand. :)
Comment by James Istvanffy on March 6, 2008 at 2:24am
I put in my will that I wanted my collection of a few hundred games to go to the Military Museum in Calgary under the cooperation of the Strategic Studies Institute at the University of Calgary and further connected it with a local gaming group (which I founded about 15 years ago). I believe that it would be nice to have a "wargame" specific museum but who would pay for such an entity. I have worked at museums and have volunteered at them for more than 25 years. Sadly it is very difficult to get the public to attend any museums - and a wargame museum would be interesting for less than 1% of the population that are interested. Because the public does not really understand wargmes I suspect if a museum was created, it would have to be supported by wealthy wargamers. I would also love to run such a museum - but I might go further and make it a wargaming college or institute of wargaming studies. Again the main problem is money. Who will donate the money to get it going?

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