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Yearly Accomplishments of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

and the Army Heritage Center Foundation



  • Ridgway Hall opens to the public.


  • 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.
  • The 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.


  • 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.
  • USAHEC annual visitation is 39,000.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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. 


  • 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.
  • The Conservation facility was constructed and occupied.
  • USAHEC presents its Civil War 1861 and Civil War Photograph exhibits.
  • USAHEC annual visitation is 127,000.


  • 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.


  • 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.
  • In December, USAHEC  was named as a Smithsonian Affiliate, the first of the Army Museum system to earn such a designation.