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Cathedral of the Pines unveils veterans museum

  • The Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge will reopen its veterans museum this Saturday at noon. The museum will now be called the Peter J. Booras Museum, dedicated to a World War II veteran and long-time volunteer at the Cathedral.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • The Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge will reopen its veterans museum this Saturday at noon. The museum will now be called the Peter J. Booras Museum, dedicated to a World War II veteran and long-time volunteer at the Cathedral.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • The Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge will reopen its veterans museum this Saturday at noon. The museum will now be called the Peter J. Booras Museum, dedicated to a World War II veteran and long-time volunteer at the Cathedral.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • The Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge will reopen its veterans museum this Saturday at noon. The museum will now be called the Peter J. Booras Museum, dedicated to a World War II veteran and long-time volunteer at the Cathedral.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • The Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge will reopen its veterans museum this Saturday at noon. The museum will now be called the Peter J. Booras Museum, dedicated to a World War II veteran and long-time volunteer at the Cathedral.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • The Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge will reopen its veterans museum this Saturday at noon. The museum will now be called the Peter J. Booras Museum, dedicated to a World War II veteran and long-time volunteer at the Cathedral.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • The Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge will reopen its veterans museum this Saturday at noon. The museum will now be called the Peter J. Booras Museum, dedicated to a World War II veteran and long-time volunteer at the Cathedral.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • Cathedral of the Pines Board of Trustees chair Don Upton spearheaded the revitalization of the Cathedral’s museum over the past three years.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Cathedral of the Pines will open its revamped veterans’ museum this Saturday.

During a tour of the Peter J. Booras Museum on Tuesday, Board of Trustees chair Don Upton said that the museum has been around for about fifty years or so, but was closed down three years ago for renovations. 

“It’s been a labor of love for me,” said Upton, who has been one of the main people involved with the renovations. “The idea behind this museum is to honor those who have served in all wars, although the majority of our items comes from World War II.”

The museum’s grand reopening will be held from noon to 2 p.m. this Saturday. Cathedral board members will be on hand to give tours and tell stories of the items in the museum., There will also be refreshments after the reopening. 

Upton said that renovations included cleaning up the space, new carpeting and lighting, a new drop ceiling, and a new heating system that controls the temperature and humidity of the air. 

All in all, Upton said that about 30-percent of the items the Cathedral has received over the years is currently on display in the museum. Upton said this will give the museum the ability to have different exhibits every couple of years to keep the museum new and exciting.

“What I like the most about the museum is all of the stories,” said Upton, when asked about his favorite part of the museum. 

The museum contains a variety of different items and exhibits, including exhibits on the founding of the Cathedral, the Altar of the Nation, and a set of model airplanes, showcasing different planes used in various wars. 

The Peter J. Booras Museum will be open for the remainder of the 2017 season. The Cathedral is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Oct. 31. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.