Kentucky Museum Commemorates Military History

Pay Tribute to Our Military Heroes

History is more than the past. It is the people who lived it, their stories, kept alive through pictures and artifacts. With our close proximity to Fort Campbell Army Base, our museum would not be complete without an exhibit honoring our nation’s military history. At the Pennyroyal Area Museum, we pay tribute to our military heroes with the Wall of Honor. This unique exhibit is ever-changing as photos of veterans and active duty service men and women are added.

Honor Your Military Heroes

We want to honor your military heroes. When you visit the Pennyroyal Area Museum, ask us how to add your loved ones to our Wall of Honor. Veterans and active duty service men and women with a connection to the Hopkinsville/Pennyroyal region are eligible for inclusion.

The Civil War – A Region Divided

During the Civil War, the United States was a nation divided. Nowhere was that more evident than along the borders dividing the Union and the Confederacy. Peruse our Civil War collection and learn how this conflict divided not only the nation, but also our cities like Hopkinsville – and the families within them.

Celebrate the Region’s Military History

Celebrate the Pennyroyal region’s rich tradition of service throughout U.S. military history. Artifacts on display from major U.S. conflicts include:

  • Saddle from the Philippine-American War
  • WWII ration book
  • Purple Heart awarded during the Korean Conflict
  • Camp Campbell (Fort Campbell) bag filled with yarn used to knit sweaters for WWII-era soldiers

Compare Military Uniforms through the Years

From the 19th century to the present, the Pennyroyal Area Museum makes it easy to compare military uniforms through the years, including:

  • WWII Army uniform
  • U.S. Air Force helmet and flight suit (circa 1990)
  • Cavalry jacket worn during the Philippine-American War (1899-1902)
  • Woman’s WAVE uniform from WWII

Accoutrements of War – Weapons and Artillery

The accoutrements of war – weapons and artillery – have long held a fascination for military history buffs. Peruse our collection of swords, sabers, pistols and flintlock rifles. And learn about our Triplett Scott Carbine – number 4,009 of 5,000 weapons commissioned in 1865 to defend supply lines through Kentucky after General Sherman burned Atlanta. The weapons were not delivered until after the end of the war.