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Central Coast Veterans Museum making changes to help attract new visitors

Volunteers at the Central Coast Veterans Memorial Building feel many Central Coast residents are unaware of the history found within the war museum's walls.

Don Mueller, one of the docents—as well as a war veteran himself—stresses the importance the local community has on the museum's artifacts.

"Everything here is donated, most of it by local people," Mueller said.

The museum hopes to bring more attention to its cause by informing the community of its local war heroes such as Lorraine Macebo.

"Lorraine is still alive and she is still a docent here on Wednesday mornings," said Mueller. "She's 91-years-old. That's her uniform from, well all through the war, '42 to probably '45."

Macebo's uniform is displayed on a mannequin in the World War II section of the museum, along with many other records of local veterans.

"This is probably one of the most interesting stories we have here," Mueller said about Elwyn Righetti, a local World War II soldier that remains MIA to this day.

"He was shot down, he was a fighter pilot and he was crash landed," said Mueller. "He was in contact with his flight, he told them that he was okay. But he was being approached by hostiles and that's the last anybody ever heard of him."

The docents said they are making a greater effort to ask about the personal backgrounds of those connected to the donated items, something they didn't used to make a priority.

HOURS:

  • Wednesday through Saturday
  • 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.