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 - Krean 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.