The USS KIDD Veterans Museum is offering two exclusive overnight tours, of both the ship and museum, to small groups of friends and families on Friday, Oct .7th.
‘Tin Can Tales’ alludes to the moniker given to destroyers, like the KIDD, whose hulls were “as thin as tin cans” compared to the foot-thick steel of larger battleships and aircraft carriers. “These two exclusive overnight camps will provide unforgettable experiences for our guests,” said Alex Juan, USS KIDD Veterans Museum Executive Director. “Overnight camps normally require a minimum of 20 people per group which can get expensive for small families or groups of friends. Tin Can Tales, however, will give smaller groups the opportunity to spend the night aboard a Fletcher-class Destroyer while getting a behind-the-scenes tour of the ship and museum from our resident historian Tim NesSmith.”
USS KIDD Ship Superintendent Tim NesSmith has devoted 20 years to the study of the USS KIDD, Louisiana and U.S. military history. He started out as a USS KIDD tour guide back in 1995. These days, he oversees the restoration and interpretation of KIDD as her Ship Superintendent and as the museum’s Educational Outreach Coordinator. “Everyone loves a good story,” NesSmith said. “One of the hallmarks of being an ‘Old Salt’ in the Navy is the ability to tell a good tale. Tin Can Tales is a collection of some of the best stories shared with us by the thousands of sailors, soldiers, marines and airmen that have visited over the years.”
The USS KIDD Veterans Museum has been committed to diversifying its programming and has garnered a great deal of local, national and international support in the past 18 months for its innovative efforts. The adult’s only “Twilight Tour” series held last fall proved to be very popular in Baton Rouge. The themed First Free Sunday program is now drawing in between 700 - 1,000 guests per month. Tin Can Tales in just another way KIDD is making learning fun for all ages.
So grab your sleeping bag and some snacks and prepare to spend the night aboard the USS KIDD to hear tales of her glory days!
For more information or to sign up for these events, please call (225) 342-1942 or email Reservations@usskidd.com soon because these spots will fill up quickly.