The Camp Reynolds
Project was created and is managed by
Williams, owner of ACW
Productions. The purpose of the CRP is to preserve and share the
history of the World War II Army
camp, Camp Reynolds, formerly known
as the Shenango
The CRP is sponsored by ACW Productions along with the help of Business Sponsors and Friends of Camp Reynolds.
Camp Reynolds memorabilia include the following;
original 8 ft maps (details the
buildings and streets of the camp), a map which shows the former land owners and the acreage used for the camp, over 200 Signal Corps photos of the
camp, 80 plus editions of the
Victory News (the camp's weekly
newspaper), a camp telephone
directory, a written history, other
camp photos, and other maps along with other memorabilia. The collection has been digitally captured for safe keeping and also used for display & research.
The CRP has produced a variety products that are sold to help continue the development of the Camp Reynolds Project. The products include an Historical DVD, a History Booklet, a History Poster, a Map of the Camp, and a DVD that combines the 50th Celebration and the Time Capsule Burial. The above products are available in the Camp Store.
The Camp Reynolds Project has been able to share the history of the camp through speaking engagements, displays, tours, private viewings and through the web site. The CPR has also been highlighted on a local TV News segment, on a local talk radio session and in local newspapers.
Art Williams, the Camp Reynolds Project Manager
grew up on property that was formerly part of the camp and in his early years lived in a building purchased from the camp when it closed. All of his life, he has been interested in the history of World War II and it's connection with the area.
His mother worked at the camp hospital as a clerk, his dad was helping to build the roofs on the water towers at the camp before he quit to join the Navy and his grandfather was a carpenter foreman at the camp when it was being built.
Art as a member of the 50th
Committee for Camp
Reynolds created a video of the 3 day
celebration in 1992. Since
1994 when the Committee disbanded he has personally undertaken
the development of the history of
the Camp to
preserve and share it locally,
across the state and the country.