Accomplishments

2004

  • Ridgway Hall opens to the public.

2005

  • The first living history event, Army Heritage Day, took place on the Army Heritage Trail at USAHEC.
  • USAHEC’s first Fall Living History Event took place.
  • LivingHistoryThe Foundation’s Education Department developed the WWI Army Nurses CD.
  • USAHEC presents its Designing for Victory Poster exhibit.
  • Approval for RACP Grant program received.
  • Creation and distribution of quarterly Foundation newsletters.
  • USAHEC annual visitation is 12,000.

2006

  • Internally staffed development department established.
  • Master plan updated and design for the Visitors and Education Center began.
  • USAHEC presents its Eye of the Army exhibit.
  • Education Department received Act 48 approval and EITC recognition.
  • WWII exhibit barracks on the Army Heritage Trail was constructed through the Foundation’s sponsorship and the work of the Pennsylvania Carpenters Union Lebanon Training Facility.
  • A replica of Redoubt #10 from Yorktown was constructed and dedicated on the Army Heritage Trail.
  • Foundation membership level categories created and named for Soldier ranks.
  • Foundation embarked on a national fundraising campaign to construct the Visitor and Education Center.
  • Foundation received donation of the Lewis and Clark Air Rifle.
  • EyeOfTheArmy PhotographicExhibitUSAHEC annual visitation is 39,000.

2007

  • Education Department produced CD based on USAHEC’s “Eye of the Army” exhibit.
  • USAHEC presents its An American Odyssey exhibit.
  • Foundation supporters began receiving annual reports.
  • The Foundation’s donor recognition plan was accepted by the Army.
  • Foundation transferred Lewis and Clark Air Rifle to U.S. Army.
  • USAHEC annual visitation is 55,000.

2008

  • USAHEC presents a Vietnam War exhibit, WWII Exhibit titled Entering Germany, WWI exhibit entitled Over There; Archived Here.
  • The Education Department began to sponsor National History Day in Pennsylvania.
  • The Foundation held its First Annual Membership Dinner.
  • New exhibits on the Army Heritage Trail include Revolutionary War era block house and blacksmith forge, Vietnam War Firebase and Battle of the Ia Drang exhibit.
  • Dedication of 80th Infantry Division Memorial on the Army Heritage Trail.
  • USAHEC annual visitation is 61,000.

2009

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    Construction of the Visitor and Education Center began.
  • USAHEC presented a photograph exhibit based on the work of 87th Infantry Division photographer Tony Vacaro.
  • USAHEC’s Civil War MOLLUS photograph collection goes digital.
  • Army Heritage Days expands to a 2 day event.
  • Members 1st Federal Credit Union becomes sustaining partner.
  • The Foundation initiated an award program at its membership dinner for Army Living Legends and supporters of USAHEC, the Foundation, the U.S. Army and its Soldiers.
  • The Foundation redesigned and launched its website.
  • Construction began for the Conservation Facility.
  • USAHEC annual visitation is 72,000.

2010

  • Construction of the Visitor and Education Center is completed in the summer, and the Foundation staff moved to its new office in August.
  • The Foundation donated the Visitor and Education Center to the Army.
  • The Foundation initiates its social media presence.
  • Cold War exhibit and M-109 added to the Army Heritage Trail.
  • The Foundation's Education Department launched its Voices of the Past Speak to the Future Veteran's Oral History Program.
  • Dedication of 44th Bomb Group and 8th Airborne Ranger memorials on the Army Heritage Trail.
  • USAHEC presents its Omar Bradley and Carlisle Barracks: Then and Now exhibits.
  • USAHEC annual visitation is 91,000.

2011

  • In May, the Visitor and Education Center and the Foundation sponsored Museum Store open to the public, along with the USAHEC's first exhibit gallery, A Great Civil War.
  • In November, Café Cumberland opened to the public.
  • The Build on Success Capital Campaign launched to fund construction of Phase Two of the Visitor and Education Center.
  • USAHEC hosts Pennsylvania's Civil War Road Show Tour.
  • In August, the Foundation hosted a birthday party and tandem Air Jump with the Ranger Group for Mr. Richard “Red” Falvey, a World War II Airborne veteran.
  • Dedication of the 88th Infantry Division Memorial on the Army Heritage Trail.
  • CivilWarThe Conservation facility was constructed and occupied.
  • USAHEC presents its Civil War 1861 and Civil War Photograph exhibits.
  • USAHEC annual visitation is 127,000.

2012

  • In May, the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau Informational Booth opened within the Visitor and Education Center.
  • In May, USAHEC hosted the AUSA Northeast Region Conference.
  • In June, construction of a third parking lot, Soldiers Walk, and two outdoor event plazas began.
  • In August, components of the Pennsylvania National Guard installed donated additional HESCO barriers to the Current Operations Exhibit on the Army Heritage Trail, as a training exercise.
  • In September, the Foundation completed infrastructure enhancements to support Phase Two of the Visitor and Education Center.
  • In November, USAHEC opened its first permanent gallery, The Soldier Experience Gallery, in the Visitor and Education Center.
  • USAHEC annual visitation is 165,000.

2013

  • In January, the Army accepts Foundation proffer of infrastructure construction.
  • In June, the Foundation held its first Army Birthday Dinner at USAHEC.
  • In July, the Korean War exhibit on the Army Heritage Trail was dedicated.
  • In July, the Foundation was accepted into the Combined Federal Campaign.
  • Over the summer. USAHEC added a Bradley to its Current Operations exhibit on the Army Heritage Trail.
  • In November, the Foundation held its 6th Annual Membership Dinner and Silent Auction. This event was held for the first time at USAHEC.
  • In November, USAHEC opened its first Art Exhibit, featuring the works of WWII Stalag Luft prisoner of war, Carl Holmstrom.
  • The Foundation is accepted into its first Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).
  • In December, USAHEC was named as a Smithsonian Affiliate, the first of the Army Museum system to earn such a designation.
  • USAHEC annual visitation is 152,000.

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  • H-STEM education signage is added to the Army Heritage Trail.
  • In July, the Foundation sponsored the first civilian art exhibit at an Army facility, Veterans, by Nina Talbot.
  • The Foundation's Education Department held its first Soldier Experience Living History Adventure Camp on the Army Heritage Trail.
  • In September, the Foundation was awarded a $2 million Redevelopment Assistance capital Program grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to expand the Visitor and Education Center at USAHEC.
  • In October, the Foundation sponsored the public screening of the documentary Korengal and presentation by Sebastian Junger.
  • USAHEC annual visitation is 185,000.

2015

  • In April, the Foundation sponsored the public screening of the documentary Last Days in Vietnam and an expert panel.
  • In May, USAHEC opens its Treasures exhibit, showcasing some of the Center's centerpiece items.
  • In July, USAHEC opened its third art exhibit to be located in the Omar Nelson Bradley Memorial Art Gallery, Cook Pot and Palette, the Artwork of Sgt Angelo Gepponi.
  • In November, USAHEC opens the Vietnam exhibit: Courage, Commitment, and Fear in the Soldier Experience Gallery
  • In November, the Foundation sponsored the public screening of Kilo Two Bravo.
  • In November, the Foundation held a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of the Visitor and Education Center. 

2016

  • The Foundation implemented Veterans' Cafe and Medal of Honor character development programs.
  • In February, the Foundation sponsored the public screening of A War.
  • In June, the Foundation sponsored USAHEC's art exhibit: Sleepless Nights - Korean War Veteran John A. Cook's Midnight Drawings.
  • In August, the Foundation completed the Ridgway Lobby Renovation project, to accomodate additional USAHEC exhibits.
  • In September, the Foundation formally transferred it's recent construction project, Phase Two A of the Visitor and Education Center, named "the Hall of the American Soldier" to the Army.

2017

  • In February, USAHEC opened the exhibit On Patrol based on Current Operations int the former Ridgway Lobby Area. The Foundation funded renovation of this area in preparation for the exhibit. 
  • In March, the Foundation supported Guest Speaker General David Petraeus, USA Retired at USAHEC’s Perspectives Lecture and the screening of the documentary Military Medicine: Beyond the Battlefield.

  • In April, USAHEC opened the first exhibit in the Hall of the American Soldier, Good-Bye Broadway, Hello France in commemoration fo the 100th Anniversary of the U.S. entrance into World War I.

  • In September, the Foundation supported the public screening of the documentaries Ken Burns’ Vietnam War and A Time to Heal: Exploring the Vietnam War Experience from the Pennsylvania Perspective.

    In September, the Foundation hosted Walk with a Veteran on USAHEC’s Army Heritage Trail for school age children.

    In October, the Foundation partnered with Cumberland Pathways, the Cumberland County Historical Society, and USAHEC for a Genealogy Conference.

    Over 232,000 visited USAHEC in 2017.

2018

In March, the Foundation hosted the screening of the documentary The Weight of Honor.

In June, USAHEC opened an exhibit, Battle Babies in the Bradley Art Gallery. It focuses on the 99th Infantry Division artwork of Robert Robison.

In July, the Foundation hosted the 43rd Bomb Group Reunion.

In October, the Foundation hosted the U.S. premier of the documentary Black Hawk Down: The Untold Story.

In November, USAHEC opened the exhibit A Call To Arms: The Story of the U.S. Army Reserve in the Hall of the American Soldier.

In December, the Foundation hosted an Evening with General David Petraeus.