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THE MUSEUM

What is the Army Historical Foundation?

The Army Historical Foundation was established in 1983 as a member-based, publicly supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the preserving the history and heritage of the American Soldier. Under a September 2000 Memorandum of Agreement the Department of the Army designated The Army Historical Foundation as the official fundraising entity for the National Museum of the United States Army and is responsible for administering the Capital Campaign.

Isn’t there already a national Army museum?

Although there are over 40 certified regional Army museums located at U.S. Army bases as part of the Army Museum System, the Army is the only service without a national museum.  Each of the regional Army Museums commemorates a different unit, branch, or historic period.  The National Museum will present the history and heritage of U.S. Army in its entirety and, as the capstone of the Army Museum System, will serve and support all other Army museums.

Where will the Museum be located?

The National Army Museum will be located on 84.2 acres on the grounds of beautiful Fort Belvoir, Va., less than 30 minutes south of our nation’s capital in Washington, D.C.  This will be a space accessible to the general public with an entrance directly off the Fairfax County Parkway.

How is the National Army Museum and the Museum Complex being funded?

The Department of the Army has donated land at Fort Belvoir, Virginia for the Museum Complex. The U.S. Army designated The Army Historical Foundation to lead the capital campaign to fund the construction of the Museum.  The U.S. Army will operate and maintain the Museum when it opens and AHF will be responsible for all revenue-generating operations.

What is the size of the Capital Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army?

The Army Historical Foundation is leading a $200 million capital campaign to construct the National Museum Complex at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Why doesn’t the Army pay for the entire Museum?

The private funds being raised by The Army Historical Foundation represents the nation’s share of the support in tribute to America’s Army. The Department of the Army has provided the land at Fort Belvoir for the Museum Complex, and is covering the Museum design and development costs—including the 127,000 square foot Museum Support Center that provides a secure, museum-quality, climate-controlled environment to house, protect, treat, and study the Army’s priceless art and artifacts collections. The Army will also fund the Museum’s annual operating budgets. The Congress of the United States voted to create this Museum in partnership with the American people. In this way, each American has a stake in this Museum and the stories of our Soldiers it will tell.

Will the National Army Museum pull exhibits away from existing Army museums?

No.  Those museums, such as the Frontier Army Museum at Fort Leavenworth or the Quartermaster Museum at Fort Lee, will continue to retain and maintain their own collections and carry out their specific missions.  Over 30,000 artifacts and 15,000 paintings included in the Army’s “central collection” housed at the Museum Support Center at Fort Belvoir will support the exhibits and displays throughout the Museum, in addition to artifacts procured specifically for the National Museum.  In the future, the Museum will include temporary exhibits which would display items from other museums under mutual agreement.

What is the relationship between the National Museum at Fort Belvoir, VA and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center at Carlisle Barracks, PA?

The National Museum of the United States Army is congressionally authorized and, as the capstone of the Army’s museum system, will present the Army in its total context, placing the American Soldier in the rightful position as a historical cornerstone upon which our country was built and has also grown and prospered. The Army Heritage and Education Center maintains the Army’s two-dimensional artifacts—personal papers, photographs, military books, and historical documents—and serves as the principal historical research facility for the US Army.

How can I support the campaign?

Individuals, groups, and corporations can donate via our website, through the mail, or by calling 800-506-2672.  Founding Sponsors will be acknowledged in the electronic kiosks located in the Museum.

Purchase a commemorative brick through the Museum’s Brick Program to honor Soldiers, Army units, Army families, Department of the Army civilians, and Museum and Army supporters.

Enroll yourself or someone you know in the Registry of the American Soldier.  This registry provides an opportunity for anyone who has served, or is serving, in the U.S. Army to have his or her name and service history placed on record and displayed at the Museum.

Join our Grassroots Volunteer Program by contacting Beth Schultz Seaman, Director of Grassroots Development, at (703)879-0006 or beth.schultz@armyhistory.org.

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What are the giving levels to be a Founding Sponsor of the Museum?

By enrolling as a Founding Sponsor of The National Museum of the United States Army, you will help preserve the proud history of the U.S. Army and its heritage of preserving our freedom. Here is a description of the Founding Sponsor’s Benefits:

  • $20: Founding Sponsor – Includes Official Certificate of Commendation, subscription to our campaign newsletter Call to Duty, and your name entered in the Museum’s Listing of Founding Sponsors.
  • $50: All benefits listed above, plus the beautiful Lapel Pin of the National Museum of the U.S. Army.
  • $100: All benefits listed above, plus the prestigious U.S. Army Museum Medallion struck especially for our most generous supporters, in a handsome presentation case.
  • $500: All benefits listed above, plus a beautiful print of Norman Rockwell’s famous poster “To Make Men Free” that portrays the American Soldier throughout history.
  • $1,000: For a contribution of $1,000 or more, you become a member of the Museum’s prestigious 1814 Society. You will be invited to exclusive events and receptions, and meet with key partners in the campaign to build the Museum.
  • $5,000-$49,999: You will be recognized as part of the Lexington & Concord Society.

What is the address if I want to mail my donation to Museum instead of donating on line?

Please make checks payable to “National Museum of the U.S. Army Fund” and mail to:
National Museum of the U.S. Army Fund
PO Box 96281
Washington, DC  20090-6281

Can gifts be pledged over time?

Yes. Pledging a gift over time provides donors with the opportunity to consider larger commitments than would be possible as a one-time gift. Gifts to the Museum can be made in the form of a pledge payable over a period of five years. Payments may be made quarterly, semi-annually, or annually.  Please explore our information on Individual Giving.

How can I (my honoree) be recognized on the Donor Wall in the Museum lobby?

People who make a donation of $50,000 and above will have the opportunity to have their name (or honoree’s name) inscribed on a wall in the Museum.

How can my organization be recognized on the Veterans’ Hall Donor Wall in the Museum’s Veterans’ Hall?

For contributions ranging from $2,500 to $500,000, Veterans service organizations and other groups that support the United States Army will be able to have their name listed on the Veterans’ Hall Wall and receive other corresponding recognition benefits.  For more information on how your group can become part of the Veterans’ Hall click here, or contact Beth Schultz Seaman at (703) 879-0006 or at Beth.Schultz@armyhistory.org.

AHF MEMBERSHIP

What is the difference between being an AHF Member and a Founding Sponsor?

The National Museum of the United States Army project is a public/private partnership between the United States Army and The Army Historical Foundation with The Foundation serving as the official fundraiser for the National Museum of the United States Army.

When you join The Army Historical Foundation you are supporting the Foundation in all of its missions.  When you become a Founding Sponsor of The National Museum of the United States Army you are directly supporting the Museum project.  Each program has its own benefits and you may support both programs if you choose.  See below for specific benefit information for each program.

If I donate to the Museum, do I automatically become an AHF member?

No.  When you join The Army Historical Foundation you are supporting the Foundation in all of its missions.  When you become a Founding Sponsor of The National Museum of the United States Army you are directly supporting the Museum project.  Each program has its own benefits and you may support both programs if you choose.  See below for specific benefit information for each program.

What are the membership options to join The Army Historical Foundation?

Foundation membership is open to all individuals interested in preserving the heritage of the American Soldier.  Several levels of individual memberships are available, including Life memberships.  A Benefactor program for individuals and groups who wish to make a donation is also available.  All memberships and donations are tax deductible.  AHF is a member-based, non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

All members receive four issues of “On Point”: The Journal of Army History, a membership card, a 10% discount in our Museum store, membership lapel pin, a bumper sticker, exclusive members-only invitations to history seminars and guided battlefield tours, and voting rights on Foundation issues.

  • Member ($25 Annual Donation): Members receive all benefits outlined above.
  • Sustaining Member ($50 Annual Donation): Above, plus a complimentary Army Historical Foundation pen and your name listed in the Army Historical Foundation’s Annual Report.
  • Charter Member ($100 Annual Donation): Above, plus a limited edition print of the 20th Maine Battle Flag made famous at the Battle of Gettysburg.
  • Life Member ($1500 Donation.  This may be paid in installments over three years with an initial installment of $200): Above, plus a copy of the handsome coffee table book, The Vietnam War: A Chronology of War.

How do I renew my membership?  When do you send out membership renewal letters?

Membership renewal letters are sent out late spring every year.  At least two follow-up letters are mailed before the end of the calendar year.

When will I receive my membership ID card?

New members receive a temporary card and a confirmation letter with a few weeks of them joining the Foundation.  The plastic membership cards are mailed to all active members once a year in the spring with the membership renewal letters.  For example, current members will receive their card for the present calendar year with a letter inquiring if they will renew their membership for the next calendar year.

How do I check if my membership is up to date?

Please call Hoa McNabb at 703-562-4163 or toll free at 800-506-2672 to check on your membership status.

When is the AHF Annual Members’ Meeting and Awards Dinner?

The Annual Members’ Meeting & Awards Dinner is held each year around the Army’s Birthday (June 14th) .  The event date is selected by March each year.  A save-the-date notice is published in the Spring issue of “On Point,” and approximately 6 weeks before the event, invitations are sent to members in good standing.

What is the address if I want to mail my membership check instead of joining on line?

Please make checks payable to “The Army Historical Foundation” and mail to:
Army Historical Foundation
PO Box 96703
Washington, DC 20090-6703

ON POINT

How often is “On Point” magazine published?

On Point is a quarterly publication and is publishes Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter issues.

How can I subscribe to “On Point” magazine?

All AHF members receive four print issues of “On Point”: The Journal of Army History, a membership card, a 10% discount in our Museum store, membership lapel pin, a bumper sticker, exclusive members-only invitations to history seminars and guided battlefield tours, and voting rights on Foundation issues.  See membership information above.

Nonmembers can read “On Point” on their mobile phone or tablet by downloading the On Point Journal app for free. Available for Apple and Android devices.

THE REGISTRIES

Who is eligible to be enrolled in The Registries?

There are three separate Registries. The Registry of the American Soldier is for anyone who has served (or is still serving) in the U.S. Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard from 1775 to the present is eligible – anyone who has served wearing the U.S. Army uniform. The Registry of the Army Community is for anyone that worked for or supported the Army as a civilian. And The Registry of Animals in Service to the Army is for any animal that has served the Army or its Soldiers in some supportive role.

Is there a fee to be enrolled in the Registry?

No.  The Registry is free.

Can’t you get the information about my Soldier from Army records?

No.  Individual military records are private to the service member.  You control the content of the Registry entry you create.  Some choose to list the Soldier’s military assignments and awards, reflections on their time in the Army, or just their dates of service.  The Registry entry is what you want it to be, and you can edit it at any time.

I’m having problems with the Registry.

If you encounter a problem while making changes online to your honoree record it may be due to your system settings.  Your browser may not be set to accept cookies and your internet security settings may be set to the maximum.  If after checking these settings you are still having problems, please call us back for assistance at 1-800-506-2672 or email customerservice@armyhistory.org.

MUSEUM STORE

Where do I find items that you have for sale, such as the calendar, ornament, or baseball hat?

Please visit our “Store” at www.armyhistory.org.

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