Saturday, February 14: THE MOB MUSEUM CELEBRATES 3rd Anniverary
This Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14, The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, celebrates its 3rd anniversary. As part of the birthday events, the Museum will once again temporarily display two of the Thompson machine guns used in the 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Lt. Mike Kline of the Berrien County Sheriff’s office in Michigan will explain the history of the guns and the tests that linked them to the Massacre.
The two Thompson submachine guns will be on display on Saturday and Sunday, February 14-15 all day, with special presentations set for 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. each day.
The Anniversary, February 14 only, will be a free day for Nevada residents, with a suggested donation of $3 in honor of our 3rd birthday, and a buy-one-get-one offer for non-residents. The $3 donation will go to help the Museum, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and its efforts to provide educational programming throughout the year.
Along with other activities for our anniversary, we will also conduct a blood drive through United Blood Services from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, February 13, in the Bloodmobile to be located behind the Museum.
The artifacts go hand-in-hand with the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Wall that has been part of the Museum’s collection since its opening on February 14, 2012. In Chicago’s infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre of 1929, seven members of Bugs Moran’s gang were lined up against this wall, shot and killed by Al Capone’s gang.
The two tommy guns were first positively identified by Colonel Calvin Goddard, forensic scientist specializing in ballistics, in December 1929 after investigating many Thompson guns found in the Chicago area.