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History Happy Hour

June 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Fly to the beaches of Normandy with History Happy Hour ‘1944’
Some 75 years ago, American troops hit the beaches of Normandy under heavy fire from the Axis Powers.

To commemorate this monumental anniversary and to have some historical fun, the Museum Center at 5ive Points has themed the final History Happy Hour of its fiscal year — called “1944” — around D-Day.

The Museum Center is partnering with the Ocoee Daughters of the American Revolution for this installment.

Taking place on June 6, this History Happy Hour occurs on the exact anniversary of D-Day, which Museum Center curator of education Mitch Mizell describes as a huge deal for the country.

The speaker for the event is Charles Gouge, a Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum worker who previously worked with the Medal of Honor Heritage Center.

Gouge, a WWII enthusiast, is supplying weapons, clothing and items from the time period for guests to inspect and admire throughout the evening.

“Charles is going to discuss the invasion of Normandy, how it went, the tactics and weapons used and will go in-depth with his explanations. It’s not often that you find someone who’s deeply interested in WWII, so this evening will be a very unique and enlightening History Happy Hour,” Mizell said.

Since Gouge is a WWII re-enactor, he is very well-versed in the tools of the time, and expects audience members to enjoy inspecting the items he brings.

Whether you’re passing a weapon around to feel its weight or feeling the think layers of cloth that made up an Allied uniform, this History Happy Hour will keep the attention of everyone, even those who aren’t history buffs, according to Mizell.

“This is a great event to hang out with your friends or use as a date night,” Mizell said. “The entertainment and food is going to be great, plus you’re getting to learn something interesting and new.”

The next series of History Happy Hours will start in the fall, with themes yet to be revealed.

Museum Center executive director Janice Neyman said they’re still searching for a sponsor for next year’s installments, and encourages local businesses to consider sponsoring the series.

“History Happy Hour has come a long way since it’s beginning. We now have more than 100 at each installment, which is a testament to how well it’s been received by all ages,” Neyman added.

Having a variety of topics for each installment has been key to the series’ success, Neyman said, as each subject attracts a diverse crowd.

The previous installments have included Tall Betsy & Friends, the 1993 Superstorm and Irish America as their subjects, and the Museum has utilized numerous experts like Gouge to captivate audiences.

Music for the evening will be provided by the men’s a cappella chorus Sound of Tennesse, with food and drinks being provided by Impressions Catering and Mash & Hops.

The sponsors for this installment of History Happy Hour are Edge Billboards and Impressions Catering.

History Happy Hour 1944 runs from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 6. Tickets are free for Museum Center members and $15 for nonmembers. Tickets can be purchased by going to www.museumcenter.org.

For those interested in becoming a Museum Center member, an individual membership costs $35 annually and a family membership costs $60 annually.

Colby Denton
Cleveland Daily Banner


June 6
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Museum Center at 5ive Points
200 Inman Street East
Cleveland, TN 37311 United States
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