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Tuesday October 28 2014 7:00 PM

Kim Lovejoy, Executive Director

The Military Heritage Museum of Punta Gorda

The  Military Heritage Museum’s mission is to promote an understanding and respect for the rich military heritage of the United States and the sacrifices made by our country’s veterans, living and dead, emphasizing that freedom is not free.

The Military Heritage Museum is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that has been in existence for almost ten years. The Museum is located in Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda, Florida. The Museum is funded by donations and grants, and a paid executive director and administrative assistant are supported by 45 volunteers — mostly veterans — who work as Museum guides and help in other ways. We currently display more than 30,000 military artifacts from as far back as the Spanish-American War to the conflict in Iraq. The Museum is a testament to the hundreds of thousands of men and women who have defended our freedom by putting their lives on the line through their military service.

This is the only military museum on the southwest coast of Florida displaying actual military artifacts that tell the history of America’s role in past and present conflicts, representing all branches of the service and all wars from the Spanish-American War forward.

They are dedicated to educating the public about the rich military heritage of our country. By collecting and displaying historic military memorabilia and artifacts donated by our country’s veterans and their families, they play a vital role in preserving the memory – with gratitude.

The 25-year military career of Executive Director Kim Lovejoy, MSgt, US Air Force Retired Reserve, began in the Regular Army, during which time she was stationed in Heilbronn, Germany, and Fort Huachuca, Arizona, working as a food service specialist. Years later, she joined the Army National Guard, serving in three units in Manchester and Concord, New Hampshire, first as food service supervisor and then as a broadcast journalist.


After moving to Florida, she remained with the Army National Guard as a senior food service supervisor with a unit in Sarasota until transferring to the Air National Guard and into the personnel field. She retired in January, 2009, following two deployments to the Middle East in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.


Kim holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English from the University of New Hampshire. She has worked in public relations, marketing and communications for more than twenty-five years, including as public relations manager with a large law firm in New Hampshire, before moving to Florida, and, for more than seven years prior to her position with the Museum, as communications director with the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce. She is the immediate past-president of the Charlotte County Veterans’ Council and is a graduate of Leadership Charlotte, Class of 2001.

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