~Online Chaplain Museum~
Providing Chaplain History, Information and Resources
There are a few great brick-and-mortar chaplain museums in the world. The U.S. Army Chaplain Corps Museum is a great place to start, showing the history of the United States Army Chaplain Corps from its inception to the current Global War on Terror. The National Civil War Chaplains Museum is another great one that focuses on chaplain ministry during the Civil War. If you find yourself in England, The Museum of Army Chaplaincy will help you learn about chaplaincy from the perspective of the British Royal Army. There are also many other general military museums which have small displays depicting chaplain ministry and memorabilia.
The Chaplain Kit is not a brick-and-mortar museum. We don’t have a building with a parking lot, permanent exhibits, shelves and shelves of reference books, or a gift store (OK, we have a gift store!). What we offer is a wealth of information, biographies, histories, examples, news items, photos, videos, resources, and links; all available to you without having to leave your home or office.
While what is available online is growing rapidly, finding information about military chaplains throughout history is like sorting through bins in a Code-B sale to find your size. You have to go from site to site, searching specific key words, checking references and following links to maybe find what you’re looking for. There is a lot of information out there but it is scattered over hundreds (or thousands) of sites, often buried within partially related articles or massive databases.
The goal of The Chaplain Kit is to gather together in one site, the resources you may be looking for. Instead of having to search from site to site for a picture of worship services in previous wars, or a description of field Mass kits (with pictures), or a little background about a Medal of Honor-winning chaplain, you can just go from tab to tab at The Chaplain Kit, or use the powerful search function to find all posts with particular key words.
But, as much as we’d like to, we can’t find it or host it all, so The Chaplain Kit also has a substantial Links page to help you quickly find specific information without having to search the web yourself. These links include official government chaplaincy sites both in the United States and in many other countries. There are links to museums and archives, sites that focus on certain eras or specific chaplain ministry and other links to resources of particular interest to chaplains and those who support them.
There is so much more on The Chaplain Kit than what can be described here in a few short paragraphs so please look around, click on the tabs and follow the drop down menus, use the search function on the sidebar or go to the site map to see the big picture. Most likely you’ll find what you’re looking for, but if you don’t…check back later because we are continually adding new content to make The Chaplain Kit the preferred place to go for chaplain history, information and resources!
Here’s a short video to introduce you to a little bit of what you’ll find inside: