The 1814 Society Members’ First Museum Visits

“Wow. Just wow.” Words uttered by Sergeant First Class Don Francisco (USA-Ret.) on his visit to the National Museum of the United States Army following its opening in November. Francisco was one of the 476 members of The 1814 Society to visit the National Army Museum on 15, 23, and 30 November 2020.

Members of The 1814 Society were invited to the Museum to explore the national institution dedicated to telling the story of the American Soldier. Their contributions guaranteed that this history is preserved for future generations. “These days were filled with the excitement of seeing a project that many have supported for a long time finally come to fruition,” remarked Beth Schultz Seaman, The Army Historical Foundation’s (AHF’s) Director of Grassroots Development. “It was really rewarding to see the awe on everyone’s faces and hear their appreciative comments.”

Collectively, members took in the beauty of glass renditions of campaign streamers displayed in the ceiling of the Lobby which recognizes the significant contributions by The 1814 Society. Many were also excited to locate their commemorative bricks, unit tributes, Veterans’ Hall wall plaques, and other donation recognition opportunities throughout the Museum campus.

Francisco was particularly excited to see his plaque for a seat in the Army Theater. He explained, “As a very thankful and humbled Army veteran of 30 years, I am honored to be able to support the Museum through this sponsorship. Seeing my plaque in person makes it that much more rewarding.”

AHF and Museum leadership welcomed Society members on these days in the Veterans’ Hall to thank all members for their support and dedication to the project as well as answer any questions. Tammy Call, Museum Director, addressed Society members, “From the Department of Army perspective, I want to say how deeply appreciative we are of The 1814 Society and all the work and dedication you have put toward the project.”

She also provided an update on the road ahead for the Museum, describing the Museum’s educational programs and upcoming projects—to include the Warriors’ Field and the Memorial Garden—as the Museum continues to grow and evolve.

“These special visits were a great way to say thank you to all Society members. Their support of the Museum and the Foundation is invaluable,” concluded Schultz Seaman.

For more information on becoming a member of The 1814 Society contact Beth Schultz Seaman at beth.schultz@armyhistory.org or (703) 879-0006.

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