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Be all You Can Be”  was the Army’s recruiting slogan from the early 1980s until the late 1990s and one of the most successful marketing slogans of all times. 

Come “Be all You Can Be” on June 13th by joining with the Army Heritage Center Foundation as we host Central Pennsylvania’s third annual Army Birthday Dinner at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.  This year, we commemorate the U.S. Army’s 240th birthday, and the dinner allows the region to honor the U.S. Army, its Soldiers and Veterans, and their families. The highlights of this year’s program include honoring Mr. Earl Carter, the originator of the well-known “Be All You Can Be” Army slogan and partaking in traditions of a Formal Regimental Mess which fosters camaraderie and esprit de corps.  The evening will also include a cake cutting and dinner, along with recognizing Soldiers and Veterans in attendance.

For years, in major cities across the country, private organizations across the Nation have celebrated the Army’s birthday.  However, celebrations in Central Pennsylvania have been modest.  “The development of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center provides us a perfect venue to celebrate the Army birthday“ said MG Robert Scales, Chair of the Army Heritage Center Foundation.  “We hope that, with our large local retiree population and the presence of many Soldiers currently serving in the Pennsylvania National Guard and Army Reserves, we can sponsor an event which highlights their and the Army’s service to the Nation.”

Mike Perry, Executive Director of the Foundation, stated that “The Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to host the Army’s Birthday event in the Visitor and Education Center to better showcase this outstanding facility, dedicated to the Army and its Soldiers, to the Foundation’s membership and the public.”

Event Sponsors include the Association of the United States Army – Carlisle Barracks Chapter, Highmark, Mette, Evans, and Woodside, United Concordia, and Metro Productions.

For detailed information about the dinner, event sponsorship opportunities, or to rsvp, please contact the Foundation Offices at (717) 258-1102 or info@armyheritage.org.  

 

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to announce that the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center will host a free public program on April 25, 2015 beginning at 2:00 p.m. that features Rory Kennedy’s 2015 Academy Award © nominated documentary “Last Days in Vietnam” and a panel of experts to provide perspective. The program is a partnership among the Army Heritage Center Foundation, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, the U.S. Army War College, and WITF Public Television and Radio.  Register for the screening at witf.org/events.

Rory Kennedy’s documentary, “Last Days in Vietnam” focuses on the chaotic final days of the American involvement in the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon.  As nearby cities and villages fell to the North, U.S. diplomats and military officials in the country contemplated withdrawal. With the lives of thousands of South Vietnamese hanging in the balance, those in control faced an impossible decision—which Vietnamese citizens would go and which would be left behind to face brutality, imprisonment, or death. At the risk of their careers and possible court-martial, a handful of individuals took matters into their own hands. Engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations, they waged a desperate effort to evacuate as many South Vietnamese as possible.

After the film, WITF’s Scott LaMar will moderate a talk back session with panel experts to provide perspective.  The panel includes Dr. Lewis (Bob) Sorley whose book, A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America's Last Years in Vietnam, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; Tom Glenn who was a senior National Security Agency officer in Vietnam at the end of the war, and COL (R) John Martin who, as an Army Lieutenant, supported the care and processing of Vietnamese refugees evacuated from Saigon to Guam as part of Operation New Life.

WITF TV will broadcast the PBS documentary AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Last Days in Vietnam on Tuesday, April 28, 2015,  at 9:00 p.m. Scheduled in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, the broadcast will contain additional footage not seen during the film’s theatrical release. The broadcast is supported locally on WITF TV by theLebanon VA Medical Center and the Army War College Foundation.

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), a component of the U.S. Army War College, is a museum, research center, and educational complex dedicated to honoring soldiers and their families; preserving and making publically available their artifacts and archival materials; and educating and inspiring visitors through programs and exhibits that promote a greater understanding of the Army's and its soldiers' contributions.  The museum and research center is free and open to the public. Learn more about USAHEC at www.usahec.org.

The Military Heritage Foundation, doing business as the Army Heritage Center Foundation, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that, through donated support, is funding the construction of the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center—the Visitor and Education Center (VEC) and the Army Heritage Center. The Foundation also provides “margin of excellence support” to meet the needs of educational programs and other activities at USAHEC where federal funds are inadequate or unavailable.  Learn more about the Foundation at www.armyheritage.org.

WITF is a valued source of educational, inspiring, and creative content for adults and children in every community in Central Pennsylvania. WITF’s programs and services reach nearly two million citizens in 19 counties throughout the region. WITF is comprised of public broadcasting stations WITF TV, WITF 89.5 & 93.3, WITF.org, and regional magazine Central PA (published by The Patriot-News in association with WITF).  The organization also includes the news networks RadioPA and Pennsylvania Public Radio, as well as Media Solutions and Top Flight Media. Learn more about WITF at www.witf.org

 

 

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The Cold War era was a tense and stressful time in American history, but it was also a period of great political and creative expression. The American people spoke out about their views on world-wide tensions through numerous artistic mediums, including movies.  On Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 5:30 p.m., the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania invites you to join us for a Strategic Art Film Program Dinner and a Movie Event featuring one such Cold War era satirical film, Dr. Strangelove, a comical, Hollywood depiction of fictional events, which examine real Cold War politics and attitudes.

The evening will feature Colonel Mike Current as film moderator. He will review and lead a discussion of the film while guests enjoy a 1960s themed dinner with a complimentary cocktail. Additionally, materials regarding survival in the face of a nuclear attack will be on display in the room, including pamphlets highlighting the importance of “duck and cover” and how to build a fallout shelter at home.

Those who wish to participate in the dinner must purchase tickets from Carlisle Barracks MWR and can do so by calling 717-245-3099 or 717-245-4329. Preferred seating is provided for dinner guests, but those who do not wish to purchase dinner are welcome to enjoy the movie for free. Parking is also free, and the USAHEC facility is handicap accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please visit the website: www.USAHEC.org or call: 717-245-3972.

 

 

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Starting a research project can be a daunting task, especially when you may not be familiar with a facility, its collections, or its resources. Luckily, as a premier research facility, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) has a multitude of useful research materials and a very knowledgeable staff that can help! On Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 10:30 a.m., USAHEC in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, invites you to join us for a detailed presentation about conducting research using our expansive archival and library collection. 

The program will feature an in-depth presentation by Mr. Rich Baker on conducting research using the USAHEC Collection and the online USAHEC Research Catalog and Digital Archive. USAHEC holds over 16 million items in its archival collection, which includes primary sources such as Civil War photographs, audio-visual materials, and millions of manuscript pages. Additionally, USAHEC has a vast collection of secondary sources, including unit histories and military and scholarly publications, which cover a variety of periods and topics. While this event focuses specifically on learning to use the USAHEC Collection, it is perfect for researchers, historians, and students of all experience levels and disciplines to learn historical research techniques, which can be applied elsewhere.

This event is open to the public and free to attend.  Registration is not required, and the presentation begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2015. As always, USAHEC’s exhibits, including the Soldier Experience Gallery and the Army Heritage Trail, will be open. Don’t forget to grab lunch at Café Cumberland from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and feel free to browse the Museum Store. Parking is free, and the USAHEC facility is handicap accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please visit www.USAHEC.org or call: 717-245-3972.

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On January 16, 1863, spending the political capital earned at the muzzle of a cannon on the bloody fields around Sharpsburg, MD just months earlier, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, turning the American Civil War towards a conflict based on the concept of human freedom. On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), Mr. Todd Brewster, author of Lincoln’s Gamble: The Tumultuous Six Months that Gave America the Emancipation Proclamation and Changed the Course of the Civil War, will give a detailed presentation on the president’s historic and decisive decision. The lecture begins at 7:15 PM in USAHEC’s Visitor and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

In his lecture, Mr. Brewster will explore the six months prior to the issue of the Emancipation Proclamation, studying Lincoln’s conflict with his generals, cabinet, and even his own depression. He will take on the myths of Lincoln’s belief in inequality and the triumph of freedom over slavery and examine exactly how Lincoln overcame adversity to free the slaves held in the Confederacy.

Todd Brewster is the Director of the National Constitution Center’s “The Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution.” He was a Senior Editor of LIFE magazine from 1988 to 1992 and was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 2000. From 2004-2006, he served as a Knight Fellow at Yale Law School and as the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government at Wesleyan University, moving on to take over the Don E. Ackerman Director of Oral History at the U.S. Military Academy from 2008 to 2013. In 2013, Brewster turned to film production as the Executive Producer of the film, Into Harm’s Way. His latest book, Lincoln’s Gamble, was published by Scribner in September 2014.

All USAHEC lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend. Doors to the Visitor and Education Center open at 6:30 PM, and the lecture begins at 7:15 PM. Parking is free, books for a signing after the lecture will be for sale, and the Museum Store will be open. For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: www.usahec.org or call: 717-245-3972. 

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"It is fitting and proper that we devote one day each year to paying special tribute to those whose constancy and courage constitute one of the bulwarks guarding the freedom of this nation and the peace of the free world.” In 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower spoke these words promoting the celebration of Armed Forces Day, which honors the devoted service of all U.S. military members. In that tradition, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania invites you to join us on Armed Forces Day Weekend, Saturday, May 16, 2015 and Sunday, May 17, 2015, for the two-day, annual Army Heritage Days event, which is USAHEC’s largest and most popular living history event!

This weekend-long event features re-enactors from different periods of history, lectures by well-known historians, military equipment displays, and tactics and weapons demonstrations. This year also marks the return of our parachute team! Members of the All Veteran Group Parachute Team and the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment will present a historic display and jump on Saturday, May 16th. Living historians from nearly every period of American military history will be out on the Army Heritage Trail to interact with visitors, alongside military vehicle and equipment displays. In addition, the event will feature the West Point Glee Club, bi-planes, gun trucks, and a 19th century baseball game. Inside the Visitor and Education Center, visitors can listen to lectures, visit the military model displays, and participate in our very popular Veterans Meet and Greet.  

The event is free and open to the public. As always, USAHEC’s exhibits, including the new “Treasures of USAHEC” exhibit and the Soldier Experience Gallery will be open. Don’t forget to grab lunch from one of the many food vendors throughout the event, and feel free to browse the Museum Store. Parking is also free, and the USAHEC facility is handicap accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please visit www.USAHEC.org or call: 717-245-3972. 

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Explore the disconnect between the popular ideas about the U.S. Military and their real practices from the Revolutionary War to current operations, with Dr. Antulio Echevarria at 7:15 p.m. on March 18, 2015, at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, PA. Dr. Echevarria will challenge the prevailing concepts of American warfighting over the past two and a half centuries, reviewing the “American way of war,” in a lecture based on his book, Reconsidering the American Way of War.

At the forefront of military strategic studies in the United States Army, Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria has pushed the boundaries of understanding the American way of war by challenging the prevailing strategic and operational practices of the United States military from 1775 to 2014. Dr. Echevarria presents the disconnect between popular ideas and real practices of the U.S. military by reviewing each major war and operation in which the U.S. Army has been involved, from the Revolutionary War to the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. His review observes the American use of force and finds the American way of war is based primarily on political concerns, rather than military ones, and the amount of force used has not always been overwhelming or decisive. Dr. Echevarria’s lecture will address his shift in understanding of U.S. policy and will use Clausewitzian theory to show the U.S. military as an extension of American politics, as well as American policy.

Dr. Antulio Echevarria is the Editor of the U.S. Army War College Quarterly, Parameters. The retired Lieutenant Colonel has also served as Director of Research for the U.S. Army War College and is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. He served as a Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford University Changing Character of War Programme and holds Masters and Doctorate degrees in History from Princeton University. Dr. Echevarria is the author of Clausewitz and Contemporary War, Imagining Future War, and After Clausewitz. He has also published a number of other scholarly works on the topic of military history, theory, and strategic thinking.

All USAHEC lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend. Doors to the Visitor and Education Center will open at 6:30 p.m., and the lecture will begin at 7:15 p.m. Parking is free, books for a signing after the lecture will be for sale, and the Museum Store will be open. For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: www.usahec.org or call 717-245-3972. 

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The military has long been an important subject in art.  In the nineteenth century, Emanuel Leutze immortalized George Washington’s famous crossing of the Delaware River during the Battle of Trenton, while American Soldier, illustrator, and reporter, Bill Mauldin, captured the environment of World War II from the Soldier’s perspective in the pages of Stars and Stripes.  Today, military art continues to be important both to the U.S. Military and the American public as historical record and a teaching tool.

In this tradition, on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 8:30 a.m., the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) and the Army Heritage Center Foundation (AHCF) will be hosting a day-long Art Lecture and Workshop Event in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, that includes presentations by current and former U.S. Army artists and a Brooklyn based civilian artist whose work focuses on Veterans’ Oral Histories.  The program also includes hands-on professional development sessions for teachers on using military art in the classroom.

The morning Art Lectures are hosted by USAHEC and feature presentations from currently serving U.S. Army artists Sergeant Ronald Kelsey and Captain Heather Englehart, former U.S. Army photographer and USAHEC Art Curator Jim McNally, and Brooklyn-based civilian artist, Nina Talbot.  Ms. Talbot’s paintings are currently on display in the General Omar N. Bradley Memorial Art Gallery at USAHEC. 

The afternoon Art Workshop is hosted by AHCF and features professional development sessions lead by noted local educators.  The presenters include Paul Nagle, a local artist and Art Department Chairperson at Cumberland Valley School District, Lynette Giblin, an artist and teacher at Mechanicsburg Area High School, and Jeff Hawks, a certified teacher and Education Director at AHCF.  The sessions will allow participants to examine the use of military art as a primary source in their classrooms. While the event is focused on helping teachers use military art in the classroom, members of the public are welcome.

Registration is required.  Please register online at www.armyheritage.org by clicking on “Art Symposium” under the Education Tab.  The morning lectures begin at 8:30 a.m. on March 20th.  USAHEC’s exhibits, to include the Nina Talbot “Veterans” art exhibit, the Soldier Experience Gallery, and the Army Heritage Trail, will be open. Don’t forget to grab lunch at Café Cumberland from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and feel free to browse the museum bookstore. Parking is free, and the USAHEC facility is handicapped accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please visit the website: www.USAHEC.org or call: 717-245-3972.

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Carlisle, PA – The Honourable Company of Horners will be holding its annual meeting at the U.S. Army History and Education Center (USAHEC) at Carlisle, Pennsylvania on March 6 and 7, 2015.  The public is invited to attend from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Friday, March 6th and from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM on Saturday, March 7th.  Admission is free.  On display will be multiple tables of powder horns, cups, combs, and other historic objects made of cattle horn, as well as contemporary examples of items made by gifted artists today.  Master craftsmen will be demonstrating the processes to accomplish these works of art, including one working on a reproduction 18th century lathe.

The Honourable Company of Horners began in 1996 by like-minded mostly powder horn collectors and artists, forming the "Horn Guild" the same year as a not for profit corporation dedicated to discovering the history of cattle horn raw material used in manufacturing.  Many household objects like shoe horns, horn rim glasses, and even window panes were made this way.  The Guild's primary focus is education of its members and the public about this once common but nearly lost skill.  The idea of a handful of men has grown to nearly 400, and through their efforts, books are now being published and distributed for the interested.

The display portion of the event is free and open to the public.  As always, USAHEC has a number of exhibits to view as well, including "Understanding the War through Imagery: The Civil War in American Memory," the Nina Talbot “Veterans” art exhibit, and the Soldier Experience Gallery. Don’t forget to grab lunch at Café Cumberland, throughout the event, and feel free to browse the museum store. Parking is also free, and USAHEC is handicapped accessible. For more information about this event, please visit www.hornguild.org/upcoming-events/the-19th-hch-annual-meeting-at-the-ahec-march-6-7-2015/ or call: 717-245-3972.

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Come learn about the exciting world of living history and reenactment at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania! The Center is pleased to invite the public and living historians to attend the 4th Annual Reenactor Recruitment Day on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM in USAHEC’s Visitor and Education Center. The event will feature over thirty living history organizations, representing impressions covering all eras of U.S. Army and world military history, from 16th century pikemen to Vietnam War-era grunts. The event serves as a “meet and greet” for reenactors to interact between their organizations and for the public to learn more about the historic periods each group represents. In addition, Recruitment Day provides a great opportunity for reenactors to fill their ranks with history buffs.

Over two hundred reenactors will be on hand in their period attire to answer questions, talk about their upcoming events, discuss the finer points of reenacting, and show off their military accoutrements. A War of 1812-era team will display all of the equipment an American Soldier carried to battle against the British, and Civil War-era cavalrymen will show the kit their mounts carried on campaign. From 19th century artillery to Wehrmacht medics, the sheer diversity of periods represented is sure to entertain children and hard-core historians alike. Some organizations will perform live demonstrations of the manual of arms from their period, troop movements, and battlefield medical techniques.

The Fourth Annual Reenactor Recruitment Day is free and open to the public. USAHEC’s main exhibit, “The Soldier Experience,” will be open, as will the bookstore and the Café Cumberland. Parking is free. For directions, general information, upcoming events, and the event flyer, please visit the USAHEC website at www.usahec.org. For questions, please call: 717-245-3972.   

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In the years 1675 and 1676, New England saw a series of blood-soaked battles when the Wampanoag Indian alliance violently pushed back against encroaching European settlers. The bloody conflict, known as the Great Narragansett War or King Philip’s War, devastated much of New England while the colonies struggled through their infancy. However, one colony emerged from grisly war relatively unscathed; Connecticut, unlike the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay colonies, did not experience the same level of carnage during the horrific contest. As part of its Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Reading in Military History Lecture Series, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania is proud to present a lecture from Major Jason Warren of the U.S. Army War College entitled, “Success Amidst Disaster: Connecticut in the Great Narragansett War (King Philip's War), 1675-1676.” The lecture will begin at 7:15 PM on Thursday, February 5, 2015. Warren’s book will be on sale, and the Army Heritage Center Foundation will hold a book signing after the event.

To every war and conflict there is an administrative side. A nation’s, or colony’s, course of action can either help or hinder a victorious outcome. Connecticut’s protocol for managing the war with enemy Indians helped the colony emerge relatively unharmed compared to her neighbors. Warren reveals a new perspective on this chapter of Colonial America and the critical role of the Narragansetts, the largest Indian tribe in southern New England at the time of King Philip’s War. In his book, Connecticut Unscathed: Victory in the Great Narragansett War, 1675-1676, Warren explains how Connecticut’s comparatively conservative Indian policies were key in making an alliance with the otherwise hostile Mohegans and Pequots possible.

Major Jason Warren graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1999 and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps of the U.S. Army. He served as a Platoon Leader and Logistics Officer with the 10th Military Police Battalion, 10th Mountain Division. Warren received his doctorate in history from Ohio State University and served as an Assistant Professor of History at West Point. In 2012 and 2013, Major Warren served as a strategist and training officer for the 3rd Infantry Division in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. Currently, he is a strategist and the Director, Concepts and Doctrine at the U.S. Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership and Development.

All USAHEC lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend. Doors to the Visitor and Education Center will open at 6:30 PM, and the lecture will begin at 7:15 PM. Parking is free, and the Museum Store will be open. For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: www.usahec.org or call 717-245-3972.

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“Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly, and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke those famous words on December 8, 1941, as he asked Congress for a declaration of war against Japan following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Though the events of December 7th ushered America into World War II, they were hardly the first signs that war was coming. On Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 6:00 p.m., the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, invites you to join us for a Strategic Art Film Program viewing and discussion of the award-winning film, Tora! Tora! Tora!, the Hollywood depiction of events that led up to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and ultimately, American involvement in World War II.

The evening will feature U.S. Army War College Professor Al Lord as film moderator.  He will review the film while guests enjoy a Japanese themed dinner with a complimentary glass of sake. In addition, the event will feature local Pacific theater militaria collections, as well as miniature and model displays highlighting Japanese WWII aircraft. Finally, guests will also have the opportunity to participate in assembling paper models of the famed Japanese Zero fighter plane, which gained its notoriety because of its widespread use during World War II.

Those who wish to participate in the dinner must purchase tickets from Carlisle Barracks MWR and can do so by calling 717-245-3099 or 717-245-4329. Preferred seating is provided for dinner guests, but those who do not wish to purchase dinner are welcome to enjoy the movie for free. Parking is also free, and the USAHEC facility is handicapped accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please visit the website: www.USAHEC.org or call: 717-245-3972. 

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The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) will host the annual “Great Decisions” lecture series beginning on Friday, January 16, 2015. Each lecture will run from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Fridays through March at USAHEC, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA.

Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on World Affairs. In Central Pennsylvania, the program features U.S. Army War College faculty and their expert insight in a weekly series of presentations with question and answer opportunities for the eight most critical issues facing America each year.

This presentation series is free and open to the public. As always, USAHEC’s exhibits, to include the Nina Talbot “Veterans” art exhibit, the Soldier Experience Gallery, and the Army Heritage Trail, will also be open, as well as Café Cumberland and the Museum Store. Parking is also free, and the USAHEC facility is wheelchair accessible.

Date                            Topic                                                              Presenter

January 16                  Brazil’s Metamorphosis                                          Dr. Evan Ellis

January 23                  Human Trafficking in the 21st Century Professor       Carol Horning

January 30                  Privacy in the Digital Age                                      Dr. G. K. Cunningham

February 6                   Sectarianism in the Middle East                             Mr. Bob Hervey

February 13                 Syria’s Refugee Crisis                                           Dr. Larry Goodson

February 20                 Russia and the Near Abroad                                  Dr. Marybeth Ulrich

February 27                 U.S. Policy toward Africa                                      COL Tom Shepard

March 13                     India Changes Course                                          Dr. David Lai  

For weather related schedule changes, please check the U.S. Army War College’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/usawc).

 

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation has received a grant from the Carlisle Barracks Spouses Club to support the Foundation’s Soldier Experience Living History Adventure Camp in the summer of 2015.  The grant represents a partnership that advances the Spouses Club’s mission  of promoting friendship, fostering a spirit of goodwill at Carlisle Barracks, and supporting outreach and community service projects; as well as the Foundation’s goal of “telling the Army Story, one Soldier at a time”®.

The Soldier Experience Living History Adventure Camp provides youths in grades 7-10 an opportunity to study history and understand the role of the Soldier in the defense of our nation through a week-long living history experience that recreates the training of a by-gone era. 

 Camp activities are based on historical training manuals, adapted for safety and practicality by the Foundation’s staff of certified teachers and Veterans of the time period, who also serve as the primary instructors.  The camp is conducted on the grounds of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.

“Many people have no real understanding of what Soldiers do,” says Army Veteran and Foundation Education Director Jeff Hawks.  “We provide an opportunity for children to find out by following in their footsteps.”   In addition to the training, campers eat military rations and spend the days outdoors, just like Soldiers on training exercises do.  “Parents should know that we measure success by how happy, dirty, and tired the campers are at the end of the day.” 

Hawks says last year’s program was highly successful and generated significant positive feedback from participants.  In 2015, the Foundation will be offering three sessions: July 6-10, July 27-30, and August 10-14.  Parents of interested campers should contact the Army Heritage Center Foundation at 717-258-1102 or eddirector@armyheritage.org.

The Soldier Experience Living History Adventure Camp is not funded, sponsored, or managed by the U.S. Army.

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On July 3rd, 1863, under the command of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, Major General George Pickett led the ill-fated charge on Union lines on the third day of the infamous Battle of Gettysburg.  Since that time, one of the most famous actions of the Civil War has been immortalized in books, the diaries of Soldiers, and U.S. Army records.  Did you know these items can be the key to unlocking your family’s history? On Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 10:30 a.m., the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, invites you to join us for a presentation and hands-on workshop about using the USAHEC Collection to discover genealogy through Civil War military records.

The program will feature an in-depth presentation by Mr. Marty Andresen, followed by a hands-on workshop focusing on how to start researching your family’s past using Civil War military records and the USAHEC Collection.  These records include a multitude of primary sources such as unit histories, photograph collections, newspapers, unit records, and numerous manuscript collections.  While this event focuses on Civil War Military Records, it is perfect for genealogists, researchers, and students of all experience levels.

This program kicks off USAHEC’s Winter History Series, which highlights different eras and topics in U.S. Army history through special lectures and hands-on workshops.  The next winter program is the 4th Annual USAHEC Reenactor Recruitment Day, on Saturday, February 7, 2015.

This event is open to the public and free to attend.  Registration is not required, and the lecture begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2015. As always, USAHEC’s exhibits, to include the Nina Talbot “Veterans” art exhibit, the Soldier Experience Gallery, and the Army Heritage Trail, will be open. Don’t forget to grab lunch at Café Cumberland from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and feel free to browse the museum bookstore. Parking is free and the USAHEC facility is wheelchair accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please visit the website: www.USAHEC.org or call: 717-245-3972.

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to announce that it has received two significant grants from The Donald B. & Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation and the G.B. Stuart Charitable Foundation to support the expansion of the Visitor Center at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC).  These grants are in addition to a $2 million Economic Growth Initiative Grant awarded to the Foundation by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, earlier this year.

“These two grants were critical to our efforts to initiate a construction program in 2015” said Mike Perry, Executive Director of the Army Heritage Center Foundation.  “Both will help finance the construction of a 7,500 square-foot addition onto the existing Visitor Center and will provide an additional gallery and multipurpose room to the existing complex.”

The Foundation continues to seek additional funds to complete the entire Phase Two expansion project.  When fully developed, the Phase Two expansion will provide 37,000 square feet to support continued growth in USAHEC’s visitation and programs.  Future enhancements will include an additional exhibit and interpretative gallery to highlight soldier art and rotating exhibits; multi-purpose rooms to host more complex educational programs; and improved conferencing capabilities to accommodate larger veterans' reunions and special events. The estimated cost of the entire Phase Two expansion project is $8.4 million.

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) is a museum, research center, and educational complex dedicated to honoring soldiers and their families; preserving and making publically available their artifacts and archival materials for study; and educating and inspiring visitors through programs and exhibits that promote a greater understanding of the Army's and its soldiers' contributions to American history.

The Military Heritage Foundation, doing business as the Army Heritage Center Foundation, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that, through donated support, is funding the construction of the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center—the Visitor and Education Center (VEC) and the Army Heritage Center.  As the phased construction program is completed, the Foundation transfers these facilities to the Army to operate, staff, and maintain as part of the Center. The Foundation will then focus on “margin of excellence support” to meet the needs of educational programs and other activities at USAHEC where federal funds are inadequate or unavailable.  

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The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is proud to announce the Carter Rila Collection is now available for research. Rila (1938-2009), a fellow of the Company of Military Historians, conducted extensive research on military equipment, gear, and uniforms and collected photographs, postcards, and manuscripts related to U.S. Army history throughout his life.

The Carter Rila Collection at USAHEC primarily consists of photographs and postcards of the Mexican Revolution, to include the U.S. Army’s participation in the Battle of Vera Cruz (1914) and Mexican Border Service (1916-1917). In addition, the collection contains a large quantity of World War I images. The entire Rila Collection covers circa 1891 to circa 1990s. It also includes two small manuscript collections from individual Soldiers and around three hundred stereocards.

The Archives Staff at the U.S. Army Military History Institute, a component of the USAHEC, devoted many hours to preparing the collection for public use in advance of the centennial of the United States entry into World War I, which takes place in 2017. For questions regarding access of the Carter Rila Collection and other research at USAHEC, please see the Research Webpage: http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec/research.cfm or call the USAHEC Reference Desk: 717-245-3949.

 

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The USAHEC main exhibit gallery and museum store will operate on a modified schedule during the holiday period (Wednesday, December 24, 2014 through Thursday, January 1, 2015). USAHEC will be closed to researchers during this time, and the Café Cumberland will also be closed. The adapted hours are as follows:

Wednesday, December 24 -- Closed to the public

Thursday, December 25 -- Closed to the public (Federal Holiday)

Friday, December 26 -- Closed to the public

Saturday, December 27 -- Noon to 4:00 pm

Sunday, December 28 -- Noon to 4:00 pm

Monday, December 29 -- 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Tuesday, December 30 -- 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Wednesday, December 31 -- 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (Museum Store closed for inventory)

Thursday, January 1 -- Closed to the public (Federal Holiday)

Friday, January 2 –  10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Museum Store closed for inventory)

USAHEC will resume normal hours and operations on Friday, January 2, 2015. Support will be provided to official, Federal Government researchers during this time by appointment only; please call (717) 245-3949 to schedule.

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The USAHEC main exhibit gallery and museum store will operate on a modified schedule during the holiday period (Wednesday, December 24, 2014 through Thursday, January 1, 2015). USAHEC will be closed to researchers during this time, and the Café Cumberland will also be closed. The adapted hours are as follows:

Wednesday, December 24 -- Closed to the public

Thursday, December 25 -- Closed to the public (Federal Holiday)

Friday, December 26 -- Closed to the public

Saturday, December 27 -- Noon to 4:00 pm

Sunday, December 28 -- Noon to 4:00 pm

Monday, December 29 -- 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Tuesday, December 30 -- 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Wednesday, December 31 -- 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (Museum Store closed for inventory)

Thursday, January 1 -- Closed to the public (Federal Holiday)

Friday, January 2 –  10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Museum Store closed for inventory)

USAHEC will resume normal hours and operations on Friday, January 2, 2015. Support will be provided to official, Federal Government researchers during this time by appointment only; please call (717) 245-3949 to schedule.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Point Of Contact: Judy Scott, 717-245-3099, judy.r.scott.naf@mail.mil

After watching his platoon suffer heavy casualties during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in October 1918, Sergeant Alvin C. York took command and led seven men in a charge on an enemy position.  Because of Sgt. York’s leadership and bravery, the group captured a machine gun nest and enemy soldiers who caused great damage to Allied lines. For his service, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. On Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 6:00pm, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania invites you to join us for a Strategic Art Film Program viewing and discussion of Sergeant York, the famed Hollywood depiction of Alvin C. York’s military service during World War I.

The evening will feature Colonel Doug Mastriano serving as moderator. He will review the film while displaying original items from the archaeological site of the famous charge that earned Sgt. York the Medal of Honor. The film will also be accompanied by a dinner with World War I themed food and libations from the different conflict countries. In addition, the event features American and German World War I re-enactors, who will display historical items and discuss the experiences of Soldiers during the war. Finally, guests will also have the opportunity to write a letter to a currently serving member of the Armed Forces using reproduction World War I American Expeditionary Forces letterhead.

Those who wish to participate in the dinner must purchase tickets from Carlisle Barracks MWR and can do so by calling (717) 245-3099 or (717) 245-4329. Preferred seating is provided for dinner guests, but those who do not wish to purchase dinner are welcome to enjoy the movie for free. The dinner menu includes:assorted appetizers, Seafood Bisque, Beef Osso Bucco, herb roasted carrots and potatoes, Creme Brulee, and complimentary glass of Reisling.

 Parking is also free, and the USAHEC facility is handicapped accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please visit the website: www.USAHEC.org or call: (717) 245-3972.

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