Director of National Marine Corps Museum to visit Parris Island

pdonohue@beaufortgazette.comJune 24, 2012 

The director of the National Museum of the Marine Corps will be in Beaufort this week to honor a museum that helps introduce nearly 100,000 new Marines, their families and other visitors to the Corps' history.

Lin Ezell will tour the Parris Island Museum today and Tuesday and attend its recertification ceremony, according to Corps officials.

The museum, which won an award this year from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation for its new recruiting exhibit, earned its recertification by undergoing an extensive review of its collections, protocols and procedures by Ezell and the staff from the national museum in Triangle, Va.

"We review the command museums once every 10 years to ensure the museums meet industry standards," Ezell said. "We look at their record-keeping to ensure that everything in their collections legally belongs to them. We make sure that the collections are being kept in good condition ... and that the museums have exhibits appropriate and suitable for the wide-ranging audiences that visit the museum.

"The command museum at Parris Island had no problem meeting those standards."

Parris Island is the only Marine base outside of California to be certified as a command museum by the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Ezell said.

The others include museums at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, she said.

The depot's 10,000-square-foot museum was visited by more than 110,000 people last year and is a frequent stop for families of recruits graduating from the infamous training base.

Given the number of new Marines and their families that pass through its doors each year, the museum serves as an important ambassador for the Corps, Ezell said.

"For the parents of new Marines, the museum at Parris Island might be their first introduction to the Marine Corps," Ezell said. "The museum is a place that they can go, along with our newest Marines, to learn about the long history and heritage of the Marine Corps."

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