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Visitors get rare glimpse into Wheaton's First Division Museum

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John Maniatis, registrar of the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, shows Don and Martha Kretzschmar of Wheaton a Vietnam-era chaplain kit.

Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

Sean Burke, 9, of Chicago, tries on a World War II-era helmet during the open house Saturday at the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

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At any given time, only about 5 percent of the First Division Museum's 15,000-plus items are on exhibit. So hundreds of patrons jumped at the chance to get a rare glimpse into the Cantigny Park facility's inner-workings during an open house Saturday, which also featured hundreds more artifacts related to the revered U.S. Army infantry division known as the "Big Red One.
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    • John Maniatis, registrar of the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, shows Don and Martha Kretzschmar of Wheaton a Vietnam-era chaplain kit.
    • Sean Burke, 9, of Chicago, tries on a World War II-era helmet during the open house Saturday at the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.
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