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Largo museum to sell military surplus, while Dunedin museum will celebrate teachers through the years

Bazookas or boots anyone?

The Armed Forces History Museum is holding a flea market today and Saturday. You won't find baby clothes or fresh vegetables there, but you can stock up on plenty of military surplus items.

And another history museum resurrects the past in a very different way.

The Dunedin Historical Museum will host its 20th annual History Comes Alive event at the Dunedin Cemetery on Saturday.

Museum to offer big lot of surplus gear

LARGO — We know you've been wanting some camo netting, so head down to the Armed Forces History Museum today or tomorrow where a military surplus flea market will be held in the warehouse next door to the museum.

''Hundreds and hundreds" of items will be for sale, according to Cindy Bosselmann, assistant executive director. "We could build a barracks with what we have."

The inventory, from World War I to current conflicts, includes goggles, military boots, canteens, inert ordnance, tents, cots, trunks, ammo boxes, bayonets, field radios, mine detectors, tools, uniforms, pictures, posters, mess kits, military vehicles, trailers, generators and much more.

"People are going to be fighting over this stuff," Bosselmann said. She has already received calls about some of the military trucks and haulers that will be for sale.

Cash and credit will be accepted. All items will be sold as is; no refunds.

"These pieces come from the overflow of our founders' collection and donated materials from individuals who wanted to support the museum in some way," she said.

Proceeds will help fund the museum's operational costs as well as its Operation: Education program, which underwrites the cost of field trips, lunch and bus transportation for underprivileged children.

Admission to the flea market is free. During the sale, admission to the museum is reduced to $10 per person.

The Armed Forces History Museum is inside an industrial complex at 2015 34th Way N. The flea market runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Saturday; and the museum is open from 8 to 4 p.m. both days. Call (727) 539-8371 or visit

Teachers who taught at various schools over years to be honored

DUNEDIN — Two decades ago, the Dunedin Historical Museum found a unique way to help the community learn about its roots.

Actors or family members or both, dressed in period costume and armed with old photos, newspapers and artifacts, channeled the early forefathers and foremothers as they stood graveside at Dunedin Cemetery.

On Saturday the burial ground is the setting for the 20th annual History Comes Alive program. The theme is "School Days."

"Our focus this year is on teachers that taught at the various schools throughout time in Dunedin," said Vinnie Luisi, the museum's executive director. "They'll be sharing their memories about the schools they taught in like the original junior high on Beltrees and the 1913 brick schoolhouse on Louden and Wood Street."

Other re-enactors will discuss the lives of some of the area's other prominent citizens.

The museum staff has been reaching out to area elementary and middle schools, both public and private, to encourage students and administrators to come see these living history enactments.

Visitors may try on vintage clothing and have their pictures taken behind a large antique frame for the appearance of an old-time photograph.

This is also the 145th anniversary of the creation of the historically significant cemetery. For a period, it was rundown and unkempt, according to Luisi. Once a year, the women of the Presbyterian Church would hold a picnic and the men would work to clean it up.

In 1927, the city acquired the cemetery from the church and it has been under city care since.

History Comes Alive is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Dunedin Cemetery, 2400 Keene Road, just south of Virginia Street. Admission is $5 per person. For information, call (727) 736-1176.

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Largo museum to sell military surplus, while Dunedin museum will celebrate teachers through the years 02/25/16 [Last modified: Thursday, February 25, 2016 1:03pm]
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