This is a Brief History of the Sampson Air Force Base Veterans Association's Museum, The Memorial Statue and
the T-33 on Static Display. This history includes pictures that tell the story of the effort involved in converting a rundown, decaying stockade into a first class museum depicting the Sampson Air Force Base Era and the story of the development of the Memorial Statue and the refurbishment of a decaying T-33 for static display.
The costs of these efforts are also provided to emphasise to the New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic
Preservation personnel the monetary contributions of the Association's members to these projects. With the
exception of a $10,000 grant from the state, thanks to State Senator Mike Nozzolio, the entire costs of these
projects has fallen on the shoulders of Association members.
In addition to the monetary contributions of Association members, thousands of hours of volunteer labor have gone into the efforts. A dollar value has not been attached to these hours due to the difficulty in establishing just how many hours are involved. However, as previously stated, it is in the thousands.