The Foundation

Army Heritage Center Foundation Mission To support the development and expansion of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), and its programs, and to sustain and enhance the Center’s and the Foundation’s ability to inform and educate the American public on contributions by Soldiers and the U.S. Army to our nation’s history.

U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center Mission To engage, inspire, and inform the Army, the American people, and global partners with a unique and enduring source of knowledge and thought.

In 1999, Secretary of the Army Louis Caldera committed the U.S. Army to “the establishment of an Academic Research Facility and Army Museum at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.” In that same year, the Army Heritage Center Foundation incorporated under its legal name Military Heritage Foundation.

The Foundation supports the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center as it seeks to preserve the memories of Soldiers and their families, honor their service, and educate the public on contributions of Soldiers and the U.S. Army to our Nation’s history.

With generous philanthropic support, and in cooperation with the U.S. Army, the Army Heritage Center Foundation performs three key functions:

  • Build and expand U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center public facilities
  • Enhance the visitor experience, the Center’s collections, and education programs where federal funds are inadequate or unavailable
  • Promote the Center as a national resource and a major tourist destination

The Army Heritage Center Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Foundation is registered in all states and locations that require charitable organization certification.

1999

Military Heritage Foundation incorporates and gains authority to build an Army museum in Carlisle, PA. The Foundation facilitates the transfer of 56 acres of land adjacent to Carlisle Barracks from Cumberland County, PA to the U.S. Army.

2001

Secretary of the Army Thomas White announces redevelopment of the U.S. Army Military History Institute into the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. The Foundation assumes the Doing Business As name Army Heritage Center Foundation to align with the Center.

2003

The Foundation funds the master planning and for the utility infrastructure of the Center.

2004

Ridgway Hall, a federally funded construction project that houses the Army’s premier library, archive, and research facility, opens to the public.

2005

The Center hosts its first Army Heritage Day event on the new Army Heritage Trail. The Foundation works with congressional sponsors to promote construction of the Conservation facility.

2006

The Foundation begins fundraising and design for the Visitors and Education Center. The Foundation sponsors construction of World War II Exhibit Barracks on the Army Heritage Trail.

2008

The Foundation’s Education Department begins sponsoring National History Day in Pennsylvania. The Foundation also holds its first Annual Membership Dinner.

2009

Construction of the Foundation-funded Visitor and Education Center and the federally funded Conservation facility begins.

2010

The Foundation completes construction of the Visitor and Education Center and donates the building to the U.S. Army. The Foundation’s Education Department launches the Veteran’s Oral History Program.

2011

The Museum Store, sponsored by the Foundation, opens. The Conservation facility is completed. The Foundation launches the Build on Success campaign to fund Phase Two of the Visitor and Education Center.

2012

The Foundation funds and manages infrastructure enhancements to support future construction on the Center’s campus.

2013

The Foundation hosts its first U.S. Army Birthday Dinner at the Center. The Foundation is accepted into the Combined Federal Campaign.

2014

The Foundation’s Education Department holds its first Soldier Experience Living History Adventure Camp on the Army Heritage Trail.

2015

The Foundation secures funding and hosts a groundbreaking ceremony for The Hall of the American Soldier (Visitor and Education Center Phase Two) construction.

2016

The Foundation establishes the Veterans’ Cafe and character development programs for regional schools. The Foundation completes the Ridgway Hall Lobby renovation to accommodate additional exhibits. The Foundation formally transfers the Hall of the American Soldier to the U.S. Army.

2017

The Foundation hosts the first Walk with a Veteran event on the Army Heritage Trail.

2019

The Foundation begins ROTC Staff rides to Gettysburg in coordination with orientations and tours of the Center. The Foundation funds and constructs the Event Pavilion on the Center grounds.

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