The Army Heritage Center Foundation, in cooperation with the U.S. Army and our other partners, serves as the lead agency supporting the development and expansion of the USAHEC. The Center is being developed to preserve the memories of Soldiers and their Families, honor their service, and help educate the American public about the Army's and its Soldiers contributions to the Nation.
The USAHEC was named a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate in October 2013. The USAHEC is the first U.S. Army museum or historical organization to join this select group of museums and cultural institutions. Smithsonian Affiliations offers museums, educational, and cultural organizations the opportunity to have access to Smithsonian collections and resources. The goal of this program is to establish long-term relationships with Affiliate partners to maximize the cultural and educational benefits that both the Smithsonian and the Affiliate can bring to a community.
The USAHEC is pleased to announce it is a commemorative partner of the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission. The mission of the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission is to plan, develop, and execute programs, projects and activities to commemorate the Centennial of World War I (WWI). The Commission develops educational programs targeted at a variety of audiences and delivered through a variety of broadcast, print, and digital media, with the goal of teaching Americans about the country's most forgotten war. They organize activities, events, and symposia to commemorate American involvement in "the Great War." In conjunction with their partners, the Commission will serve as a clearinghouse for the collection and dissemination of information about events and activities related to the Centennial Commemoration. The Commission will use the Centennial as a timely and essential opportunity to educate the country's citizens about the causes, courses and consequences of the war; to honor the heroism and sacrifice of those Americans who served; and to commemorate through public programs and initiatives the centennial of this global event.
The USAHEC is pleased to announce its participation in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
The USAHEC, as part of Carlisle Barracks, is pleased to announce its selection as a Commemorative Partner in the Department of Defense's 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration. From 2012 through 2025, the mission of the Commemoration is to "assist a grateful Nation in thanking and honoring its Vietnam War Veterans and their families, the fallen, the wounded, those who were held as Prisoners of War, those listed as missing and unaccounted for, the home front, Federal Agencies, all organizations that served or supported the Armed Forces, and our Allies."
Working as part of the Department of Defense Commemoration, the USAHEC will honor Vietnam Veterans in the coming years through a variety of programs, including lectures, living history events, and small exhibits. For more information about the 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration, including objectives, upcoming events, and an interactive timeline, check the official website: www.vietnamwar50th.com.
The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.The Project collects first-hand accounts of U.S. Veterans from the following wars:
- World War I (1914-1920)
- World War II (1939-1946)
- Korean War (1950-1955)
- Vietnam War (1961-1975)
- Persian Gulf War (1990-1995)
- Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts (2001-present)
In addition, those U.S. citizen civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts (such as war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, etc.) are also invited to share their valuable stories.