Veteran Association of the First Corps of Cadets
Monstrat Viam!



June Day 2018

FCC & VAFCC Support the

Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company (AHAC)

In the June Day Parade

On 4 June, soldiers from the 211th Military Police Battalion (FCC) and members of the VAFCC marched the streets of Boston from Fanueil Hall to Boston Common for AHAC’s drumhead election and Change of Command. The drumhead election has been a tradition since 1638. Events concluded at the Old South Church where departed members of AHAC were honored . Other historical units included personnel from the U.S.S. Constitution and the Washington Light Infantry from Charleston, S.C.  The new command and staff of AHAC were celebrated at a gala black-tie dinner that evening.

Michelle Abrams
Curator Position Filled!
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On 25 July 2017, the VAFCC Board of Directors unanimously approved the appointment of Michelle Abrams as the first Craig W.C. Brown Curator of the museum’s collections. Ms. Abrams was nominated by the Curator Selection Panel of the Collections Committee after an extensive search. Panel members were COL William Wood, MAJ Bryan Pillai, and Mr. Jim Baker.

Ms. Michelle Abrams recently completed a curatorial internship at the National Guard Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. where her duties included exhibition design, collections management, curatorial work, and PastPerfect data management.   She has also worked at the U.S. Army Historical Foundation where she specialized in researching U.S. Army uniforms and identifying unit associations for materials found in the collection with related duties of fielding historical inquiries from external researchers, assisting with setup of the Association’s military library, and directly supporting the ongoing efforts to establish the National Museum of the U.S. Army at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Michelle’s publications include “The 95th Infantry Division: The Iron Men of Metz” published in On Point: The Journal of Army History.  She holds a Masters Degree in Art History from George Mason University and a Bachelors Degree with honors from Bridgewater State University.  Michelle also completed internships at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,  and the Wallace L. Anderson Art Gallery. 

The Craig W.C. Brown Curatorship is funded by the generous bequest of Mr. Brown from the auction proceeds of his vast and significant weapons and military artifacts collections. The Board and Committee believe that even Craig would have enthusiastically approved of Ms. Abrams’ appointment.


Welcome aboard, Michelle! Monstrat Viam!

Richard Matlak


VAFCC president Larry DiNardo hosted the annual Christmas party at the
Museum on Sunday, December 10, for members of the VAFCC, the FCC, and
friends and family. The festivities began with an open bar and appetizers at 3:00
followed by the traditional turkey dinner with all of the fixins. President DiNardo
then presented Major Bryan Pillai with the President’s Annual Award for
shepherding the Craig Brown bequest for a museum curatorship to a successful
conclusion and working with the collections committee in hiring Michelle Abrams
to fill the position. Then back to holiday business! President DiNardo read “The
Night Before Christmas” and welcomed the Chamber Singers of the College of the
Holy Cross to bring on the carols. The Chamber Singers were led by their newest
conductor, Allegra Martin, and sounded, as always, like a choir of angels. This
marked the fifteenth year that the Holy Cross singers have brought to the
museum their brilliant offering of medieval to modern Christmas carols and
songs. The festivities concluded at 6:00 with the annual auction of gifts and prizes
and desserts. It was a cold and wintry night, but the guests left fortified with
holiday spirit.

Michelle Abrams