DEVENS -- The public is invited to Fort Devens Museum's Armed Forces Day open house on Saturday, May 17, featuring programs touching on the nation's past to better understand the present and work toward an even better tomorrow.

Located on the third-floor at 94 Jackson Road, the museum opens its doors at 10 a.m. for visitors to view its many evolving displays and new exhibits. Programs take place at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., and the museum remains open for viewing until 4 p.m.

Historian and journalist Alan Earls starts at 11 a.m. with a program intended, he writes, to "provide an anecdotal overview of some of the important Cold War research and development and production activities that put Massachusetts 'on the front lines' for future conflicts."

World War I is the focus of historians Ed and Libby Klekowski, who come at 12:30 p.m. to talk about their discoveries of American involvement from 1914 to 1918 in Belgium and the Western Front.

At 2 p.m., Trisha Blanchet, founder and president of Operation Delta Dog, talks about how this nonprofit organization seeks to help local veterans coping with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with the help of service dogs.

The Fort Devens Museum will sell raffle tickets for items donated by local businesses. Tickets at $1 each or six for $5 or 12 for $10 will be on sale all day with drawings to be held before the close of the open house. Prizes include gift certificates for Tiny's Restaurant and the Devens Grill.

The museum will offer refreshments, the opportunity to meet some of the individuals who have their experiences or items displayed, and the time to talk with others sharing an interest in local and military history and an understanding of the present day. For information, please call 978-772-1286 or email info@fortdevensmuseum.org.