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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.