St. Joseph Museum Receives Global Recognition

Published 03/19 2012 05:10PM

Updated 03/19 2012 09:41PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A St. Joseph museum has received global recognition.

A group in England invited representatives from the National Military Heritage Museum to attend a military collector's fair.
The National Military Heritage Museum has been asked to join the annual War and Peace Show in London, England.

"We've got a worldwide reputation, and what other museum in town does," said museum founder, Frank Flesher.

The show is the largest military vehicle and collector's fair in the world.

The museum was chosen because of its World War II vehicles and exhibits.

"All these diorama's here are in reference to World War II," said Flesher.

The museum was established in 1989 to preserve the heritage of those who have served our country.

The building was built in 1890 as the first police station in St. Joseph.

And after World War II the building became a Marine Corps Reserve training center.

Frank Flesher served in the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War.

He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel and Executive Director of the museum.

He was 19 when he enlisted in the army.

"When I enlisted in the infantry, that pretty much said I was going to Korea, eventually," said Flesher.

Flesher served 28 years in the United States Army.

He has spent years collecting more than 20,000 artifacts.

As founder of the museum, Flesher takes pride in the variety of exhibits.

The museum consists of four buildings and one that houses a Huey helicopter and weapon carriers.

The museum just received a collection of books from Korea for their military research library.

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