CLAYTON, New York (June 5, 2015) – The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, NY announced today a new initiative aimed at saluting our military members.
Throughout the 2015 season, the ABM and Carthage, NY based Slack Chemical Company will partner in an initiative geared toward making a soldier’s visit to the ABM more enjoyable and the full experience. Salute-A-Soldier presented by Slack Chemical will match visitor contributions of $10 to provide free rides aboard the ABM’s Miss 1000 Islands II, a replica 1930s speedboat that provides a daily schedule of 45-minute trips through the 1000 Islands from the ABM’s docks.
Miss 1000 Islands II
”We are extremely pleased to have Slack Chemical join us in this new program,” said Frederick H. Hager, the ABM’s Executive Director. “Salute-A-Soldier will ensure that soldiers get out on the St. Lawrence River and fully-experience the beauty of the region, as well as the mystical joys of a wooden boat,” he added.
Throughout the summer, Slack Chemical will help to underwrite speedboat rides for our active military members, while museum visitors will be asked at Museum Admissions if they too wish to make a contribution to allow for a soldier to have the opportunity to experience the St. Lawrence River.
The Salute-A-Solider program will serve as an additional perk for active soldiers visiting the ABM. In May, the ABM announced that it will again serve as one of more than 2,000 Blue Star Museums across the country providing complimentary admission to active military and their immediate families. In addition, the ABM and River Hospital currently serve as partners to ensure that soldiers specifically in the River Community Wellness Program for PTSD patients get out on the water during required relaxation sessions.
The ABM, now open daily 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., is home to North America’s largest antique boat collection with more than 300 boats and over 1,000 boating artifacts. In addition, the Museum is also host of the longest running antique boat show, which will celebrate its 51st year this July 31 – August 2. For more information, please visit the Museum’s website at abm.org.
About Slack Chemical
Slack Chemical has been in operation since 1944 serving as a chemical warehousing, repackaging and distribution company, while specializing in swift, reliable delivery of the highest quality products. Slack Chemical has more than 500 commodity items worth well over $7 million stored at their facilities in Carthage, Castorland, and Saratoga Springs, NY, which include three rail sidings; 650,000 gallons of liquid storage, and 385,000 square footage of packaging, warehousing and office space. For more information on Slack Chemical, please visit www.slackchem.com.