From the drawing board to exhibit, the newly revamped Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) exhibit is near completion and open to the public.
In 2012, the Seabee Museum staff and volunteers installed the previous CEC exhibit and since then have focused on telling many angles of the Seabee’s story. With the desire to expand and tell a more detailed history, earlier this year staff began focusing on the CEC exhibit
First the exhibit team thought about the CEC storyline; when it began, how much space we might need to tell a comprehensive history, what parts or people should be highlighted, where the exhibit will fit inside the physical space of the museum, and if we use more than one space—how should we divide the exhibit (the beginning of the CEC, a pivotal point in Seabee and CEC history, and present day CEC).
To accomplish our goal, we divided the CEC exhibit between two locations in the museum. The first exhibit space is located just off the Grand Hall near the Seabee recruiting truck which gives a hint of historical events up to and including the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941. The CEC story and the prelude to the Seabees started several years before then in the mid-1790s with the creation of the Naval Shore Establishment and Congress funding six warships. The story continues up until the bombing of Pearl Harbor. A pivotal point towards the creation of the Seabees, the telling is anchored by a piece of the superstructure of the U.S.S. Arizona. The second part of the CEC exhibit is located after the WWII exhibit spaces, and picks up the story where part one ended—from Pearl Harbor to the Civil Engineer Corps we know today.
Please keep an eye out, as gradually through 2020 the museum staff will be adding more educational opportunities to the CEC exhibit.
What is the CEC insignia?
Which CEC officer was the father of the Seabees?