Sod Ceremony held at the Military Communications & Electronics Museum
By Filza Naveed Staff Writer
A sod-turning ceremony took place at CFB Kingston last month, to celebrate funding received by the Military Communications and Electronics Museum (C&E).
Approximately 125 people, attended the event, including senior members of both branches, the CFB Kingston Base Commander, the Commandant of CFSCE who is the Commanding Officer of the Museum, and by representatives of the Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO). Senior personnel from Emmons and Mitchell, a local Kingston company, also attended the ceremony.
“The sod ceremony was held to celebrate the funding that our museum received from the Director of Museum and Heritage. Another purpose of the ceremony was to simply enlighten people about military
communications,” said Michael DeNoble, the Museum Director of the Military Communications and Electronics Museum at CFB.
The funding received will be put towards increasing the museum display area by more than 10,000 square feet. The extension will also be shared with the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME).
“We are giving space to mechanical engineers who started off in Kingston, which is their birthplace. We are giving them 30 per cent of space and eventually they will receive funds and start their own museum. We expect the extension to be set up by the summer of 2015,” reported DeNoble.
The RCEME will be moving their museum from CFB Borden to Kingston, where it will be housed temporarily in the C&E Museum.
“It was hard to secure funding. RCEME were just accredited as a museum by the communications such as smoke signals and satellites,” said DeNoble.
He also recalled the history of the museum, and how it was established on 18 December 1961 as the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals Museum and the name was later changed to reflect the new Communications and Electronics branch in 1976.
“It has been an interesting journey. After the museum was formed, people started donating artefacts and giving all kinds of other donations. The fundraising started too and ended in 1995. After seven to eight years, we decided we needed more room for a bigger display, and hence the project to build an extension to the current display is being initiated,” said DeNoble.
He noted that the museum is deeply grateful to all of its sponsors, particularly to Judge Henderson’s foundation, which has been enormously generous to the museum.
“Military museums have definitely become more popular, particularly after the war in Afghanistan. We need to keep updating equipment, but we hope to attract more people to come out and explore our space,” he said.