New director of Shelby museum to focus on education, outreach

New director of Shelby museum to focus on education, outreach

CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - The new director of the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby says he will focus much of his time on education and outreach.

Tommy Lofton comes to Camp Shelby from the National World War Two Museum in New Orleans, where he was a research historian.

He is a Vicksburg native and graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi.

His first day on the job was Oct. 2.

He would like to take parts of the museum on the road for traveling exhibits and school presentations.

"I plan to do as much outreach as I can, get more people familiar with this museum, get more people visiting and try to do even potentially, some traveling exhibits and things like that and try to find ways to get the museum into classrooms throughout the state," said Lofton.

Longtime former director Chad Daniels is now the director of federal programs for the Agency of Education in the state of Vermont.

"It's been a real honor and privilege to work here, to work with Mississippi veterans, to work at Camp Shelby, which is a very special place to me, so it is a little bitter-sweet, but it's time to turn the keys over and have some new leadership here," said Daniels, who started working for the museum in 1999.

The museum's current site opened on Oct. 27, 2001.

About 40,000 people visit the museum each year.