Northstate Veterans Museum Plans Soft Opening For May

Operators of the proposed Northstate Veterans Museum have obtained the final permit needed to open a site in Anderson. Following several setbacks over the years, director Rob Burroughs says he is finally ready to open the facility. The museum was open for a short time near the airport in Redding, but then lost its lease on that building. The newly proposed site on Rhonda Road suffered a fire last Summer and is now waiting for permits from Shasta County, but that’s been set back due to the Carr Fire. Now the City of Anderson has issued the final use permit for an office and storage facility. Burroughs, an Iraq War veteran, says the building was once a bank, and has been donated to the museum by the family of Joe P. Gonzalez, a local World War II veteran. It’ll be used as an office and archive for the museum until the permanent location is ready to open. Burroughs says his vision for the museum began when he realized that the stories of veterans who served in Iraq were not being told correctly. A soft opening is anticipated on Armed Forces Day, May 18th. The permanent location on Rhonda Road is set for a ground breaking, pending permit approval, in November.


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