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Director named at the Museum of American Armor slated to open in the spring
The Museum of American Armor at Old Bethpage Village Restoration has named Mark Renton its director, placing him in charge of a multi-million dollar collection of operational armor from World War II. The museum is currently under construction and will open this spring, gathering its collection under one roof where it will pay tribute to the American G.I. of every era.
Mr. Renton, a Massapequa resident, is a nationally recognized expert on the maintenance, repair and role of historic armor. Typically, his recent duties saw him replace a Sherman tank engine and return the vehicle to running order, restore a rare prewar U.S. Army scout car to operational condition and lead a public discussion on tank tactics during a World War II living history program.
This past winter he has been the onsite liaison between the museum and Blumenfeld Development Group, (BDG) of Syosset, the company responsible for coordinating the multi-million dollar construction project. Despite this historically bitter winter, BDG has worked with Pratt Brothers and the construction trades to keep the project on schedule to ensure its opening prior to the 70th anniversary of the June 6th D-Day invasion of Nazi occupied Europe during World War II.
“I am honored and humbled to be named as the museum’s director. I have been entrusted with much more than just priceless armor. I have been asked to protect icons that represent American courage and valor. It is a responsibility that goes far beyond a title, and I look forward to welcoming visitors seeking to know more about the heroes in their own families.”
Lawrence Kadish is founder and president of the Museum of American Armor, a 501( C) 3 not-for-profit chartered by the New York State Board of Regents.