Counterterrorism expert John Guandolo belongs to the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization. The organization maintains a museum with both permanent and temporary exhibits in New Haven, Connecticut. The mission of the museum is to educate the public about the Knights of Columbus and the charitable work it has accomplished through the support of members like John Guandolo.
One of the museum’s permanent exhibits covers the life and work of Fr. Michael J. McGivney, who founded the Knights of Columbus. The exhibit contains paintings, photographs, and other items meant to give visitors a look at McGivney’s childhood in the late 19th century in Connecticut, his later work as a priest at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, and his work founding what became one of the largest Catholic organizations in the world. The exhibit features a bronze statue of McGivney.
Another of the museum’s permanent collections hones in on the organization’s namesake, Christopher Columbus. The exhibit looks at how Columbus served an inspiration for the organization in its early days and why the Knights of Columbus used his name. Among other items, the exhibit features 1400s-era ceramic tiles from a church in Santa Domingo that Columbus founded. Additionally, the collection features In Sight of the New World, a circa-1852 oil painting by German artist Peter Kohlbeck, which depicts Columbus and his crew on the deck of their ship.