Monday, June 15, 2009

Historic places of Schofield Barracks: A first-look tour for Historic Hawaii Foundation members

Historic Hawaii Foundation Members are cordially invited to an exclusive tour of historic sites of Schofield Barracks.

The tour will be on June 23, 2009 at 10 a.m. and conclude at approximately 12 noon.

The meeting place will be just outside the Schofield Barracks gates. Maps and directions will be distributed to reserved tour participants.

There is no cost to Historic Hawaii Foundation members and their guests.

To reserve your spot, please e-mail Historic Hawaii Foundation or call us at (808)523-2900. Reservations are required and will be honored on a first-come-first-reserved basis.

This tour is a preview of recently restored historic places of Schofield and historic markers to be unveiled at Schofield's Centennial Celebration, kicking off on July 4, 2009. We'll learn about the history of the area from its days as King Kalakaua's hunting grounds to the first encampment by the US Army to the base we experience today. Most importantly, we'll get to visit many of the historically significant places on the base such as:

Soldiers Chapel, an historic chapel built by combining two different chapels in 1925. The entrance of the chapel was from a church originally commissioned by Queen Liliuokalani and the sanctuary was originally part of a nearby standard Army chapel.

Tropic Lightning Museum, located in a beautiful lavarock building constructed in 1915 as the Post Library.

Smith Theater: Built by the 3rd Engineers in 1933.

Historic Quads built between 1915 and 1930. We'll learn about the award-winning restoration of Quads C and E and be the first to see what they uncovered during the restoration of the gym in Quad F, a space originally built and used as a theater. The discovery is one that will be talked about for years.

Historic Officers' Homes: The tour will be guided through two different types of historic homes at Schofield: one stucco style and one wooden craftsman style (built 1919 - 1923).