The holiday gift-giving season will be upon us before we know it! Luckily, the Army Historical Foundation is here to help with gift ideas.
The National Museum of the United States Army 2017 Calendar highlights Army art and history. Prized by both art and Army history enthusiasts alike, the calendar features pieces from the U.S. Army Center for Military History’s Army Art Collection. Fourteen images were chosen from the approximately 16,000 Soldier-artists’ paintings and sketches maintained in the collection. The selection of evocative paintings and sketches that connect with corresponding Army historical events and dates each month give the calendar its historical dimension. In addition, the inclusion of Soldiers who have experienced in some way what is depicted in the artwork lends a personal perspective.
Images of individual Soldiers appear throughout the calendar and are considered worthy proxies for all Soldiers associated with the event being featured during that month. They are selected from the men and women currently enrolled in the Foundation’s Registry of the American Soldier that is currently online and will be featured at the National Army Museum.
Founding Sponsors can expect to receive their copy of the National Museum of the United States Army 2017 Calendar this fall when the calendar will also be for sale online.For a more holiday-focused gift, you can purchase the Army Historical Foundation’s annual ornament.
This year’s ornament commemorates the Global War on Terror and is the eighth in our series depicting Soldier images in U.S. Army history. A watercolor painting by SFC Elzie Golden entitled “SGT Vickie Hodge, 3d ID Baghdad Airport (2005)” is featured on the front. Golden was a Soldier-artist at the U.S. Army Center of Military History’s Museum Division from 2002-2005.
The National Museum of the United States Army logo appears on the reverse and features the quote, “Today, women are in combat; that is just a reality….What was once a band of brothers has truly become a band of brothers and sisters.” The quote is attributed to GEN Ann E. Dunwoody (USA-Ret.), the first woman in military uniformed service to achieve Four-Star officer rank. Dunwoody currently serves on the Army Historical Foundation’s Board of Directors.
This collectible is made by U.S. craftsmen from solid brass and finished in 24 karat gold, measuring 2 1⁄2 inches wide by 3 1⁄2 inches high. Each ornament is packaged in a gift box with an enclosure card detailing its design. The 2016 ornament sells for $18. Order online through the Army Museum Store or by calling (800) 506-2672.