The opening of a new Seabee Museum exhibit on families that was planned for Dec. 7 is being delayed until January because more families have come forth with items that will alter the face of the exhibit.
Museum Director Lara Godbille said the exhibit, “It Takes a Family to Deploy a Seabee,” will now include several welcome-home signs that Family Readiness Groups (FRGs) are donating.
“The donations completely impacted the design of the exhibit,” Godbille explained.
The museum’s collection has welcome-home signs that date back to Desert Storm. But more than half a dozen recent ones have now come in.
The exhibit is sponsored by the Bee Club of Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC). Its backdrop is a mural by Kira Schaff, the spouse of a Seabee. Schaff has painted other murals on base, including the backdrop for the NEMO underwater observatory exhibit in the museum and the one at the NBVC Port Hueneme pool.
The mural shows a familiar scene at NBVC Point Mugu: the moment of homecoming as Sailors walk from a plane toward the waiting crowd next to Mugu’s terminal. The mural is black and white except for American flags, which will be in color.
More new exhibits are expected to open in the museum this spring, focusing on World War II training and the Atlantic Theater.