Last updated: 6/27/2022
Staunton, Virginia
Street Address
227 Kable St
Staunton, VA 24407
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 958
Staunton, VA 24402
phone: 540-885-1309
e-mail: smaoffice@SMA-Alumni.org
web: sma-alumni.org/
Hours
Monday - Friday10 AM - 4 PM
Sat and Sun by appointment
Admissions
Free
Museum Type(s)
Services
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Staff
Arlene Nicely, SMA Museum and Office Manager
phone: 540-885-1309
Brocky Nicely, Museum Historian
phone: 540-885-1309
Description

The museum offers exhibits of uniforms and equipment, videos, literary works, artifacts and memorabilia from the 92 years of the Staunton Military Academy's operation.

Mission

Dedicated to preserving the traditions and memories of those individuals who made up the Staunton Military Academy.

History

Established in 1884 in Staunton, VA, by Captain William H. Kable, Staunton Military Academy (SMA) served the young men of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the world for nearly 100 years. From its humble beginning with 75 cadets, enrollment grew to almost 700 in the early 1960s. The military protest culture of Vietnam and the severe recession in the early 1970s undermined enrollment and SMA like many others closed its doors in 1976 after educating more than 21,000 cadets.

Senator Barry Goldwater, President Ricardo Martinelli-49th president of Panama, William H. Blount-captain of industry and U.S. Postmaster General, and Brigadier General Frank Gailer-Vice Commander for 3rd Air Force Europe are a sampling of individuals influenced by SMA. The concepts of Truth, Duty, and Honor were not only a way of life during cadetship but became an integral part of their character after graduation. As prominent leaders, these individuals, in addition to countless other public servants, athletes, military and corporate leaders, artists, and musicians, have made an impact both in the U.S. and around the globe.

Artifact Collections

School artifacts and memorabilia

Research Collections

School records

Educational Programs

None at the present time

Facilities

Our museum is located on the campus of the Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, VA 2560 square feet of displays and research materials.

Library

Access: General Public

Appointment required: No

Publications
  • THE KABLEGRAM-LEADER NEWSLETTER Quarterly
  • ADA

    We are not ADA.

    Parking

    Restrooms

    Services

    Gift Shop

    Online Gift Shop

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    Tuesday, September 6 - Friday, September 9, 2022 — Portland, Oregon
    WMA 2022 Annual Meeting in partnership with the Oregon Museums Association
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    Wednesday, September 14 - Friday, September 16, 2022 — Enid, Oklahoma
    2022 Oklahoma Museum Conference
    Enid, Oklahoma
    Wednesday, September 14 - Saturday, September 17, 2022 — Buffalo, New York
    American Association for State and Local History 2022 On-site and Virual Conferences
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    Thursday, October 6 - Sunday, October 9, 2022 — Portland, Oregon
    2022 Oregon Annual Conference, co-hosted with Western Museums Association
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    Monday, October 24 - Wednesday, October 26, 2022 — Rogers, Arkansas
    SouthEastern Museum Conference 2022 ANNUAL MEETING
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    Tuesday, October 25 - Thursday, October 27, 2022 — Temecula, California
    2022 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums
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