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March 27, 2015
"Vivandières and Spies"
Check out this great article in the online version of Soldiers, the official magazine of the U.S. Army! USAHEC Staff contributed photographs and information from the collection to this piece about women's roles in the Civil War. As part of Women's History Month, it's a great recognition of the important contributions women have made to the U.S. Army throughout history.
March 24, 2015
Margaret D. Craighill, First Female Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army Medical Corps
In its continuing commemoration of Women's History Month, the USAHEC will feature stories about women from within its collection in the next week. On May 28, 1943, Margaret D. Craighill became the first female commissioned officer in the United States Army Medical Corps. She was a third generation U.S. Army officer; her father and grandfather both graduated from the U.S. Military Academy. Major Craighill was assigned as the Women's Consultant to the Surgeon General of the Army of the United States commanding the Women's Health and Welfare Unit and liaison duty with the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC). In 1944-1945, Craighill conducted an eight and half month inspection tour around the world to study field conditions for servicewomen. Her tour included inspections in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Southwest Pacific Area. The USAHEC is home the Margaret D. Craighill Collection, which includes correspondence, unit histories, organizational documents, reports, books, and photographs. A detailed description of the collection is available in the finding aid ( This photo features Major Margaret D. Craighill, left, Commander of the Women's Health and Welfare Unit with Colonel Oveta Culp Hobby, Director of the WAAC.
March 13, 2015
USAHEC Supports USAWC Elective Class
Earlier this week, the USAHEC provided instruction to one of the U.S. Army War College's elective classes in the Conservation Facility. Members of the USAHEC's Army Heritage Museum staff spoke to the students about weapons development, uniforms, and equipment of the American Indian Wars (pictured here). This is one of the many ways the USAHEC supports the USAWC!
March 2, 2015
Women's History Month
Yesterday marked the beginning of Women's History Month. The USAHEC has several exhibits and commemorations planned to honor the contributions of women throughout history during the month of March. A special exhibit in the Ridgway Hall Lobby at the USAHEC showcases artifacts and stories from the USAHEC collection belonging to women who served in the U.S. Army. Several other long-term exhibits within the USAHEC feature stories about women, including "Understanding War Through Imagery: The Civil War in American Memory" (digitally available at the following link: and “The Soldier Experience” main exhibit gallery. Stop by this month to learn more about some of the important contributions women made to the U.S. Army throughout history. In addition to the displays and exhibits, the Women’s History Month Playlist on the USAHEC YouTube page features short accounts of female stories taken from the USAHEC collection. ( There are great resources available to commemorate the service of women in the U.S. Army, including the Army’s own website, which highlights the contributions of women throughout history, as well as news of note relating to women in the Army today. Take time this month to remember important role of women in the Army’s history by visiting the Army’s website ( or stopping into the USAHEC to look at the displays and exhibits. The USAHEC looks forward to recognizing the contributions of women throughout Women’s History Month!
February 24, 2015
Anniversary of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain's Death
The men of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry are remembered for holding the left flank of the Army of the Potomac against brutal Confederate attacks at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, commander of the 20th Maine and a prominent Civil War figure, was wounded six times during his military service. He would rise to the rank of brigadier general by the end of the war in 1865 and live past the fiftieth anniversary of his regiment's action on Little Round Top at Gettysburg. Chamberlain died on this day in 1914. This photo is part of the USAHEC's MOLLUS-MASS Civil War Photographs Collection, which contains bound volumes of photographs from the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS) Massachusetts Commandery. The collection includes photographs of Civil War soldiers taken before and after the war, battlefields, MOLLUS commanders, and MOLLUS headquarters. These photographs are currently available in the USAHEC's Digital Collections Online (
January 12, 2015
Research Catalog Unavailable on Morning of January 18, 2015
The U.S. Army War College Library Research Catalog will be unavailable the morning of January 18, 2015 due to scheduled maintenance.
January 6, 2015
USAHEC Closed at 3:30pm on January 6, 2015
The USAHEC will close at 3:30pm due to weather conditions. We expect continued severe winter weather to continue over the next several days, with temperatures remaining below freezing and icy conditions. Please use extreme caution when travelling and continue to monitor the U.S. Army War College Facebook and Installation Information Line 717-245-3700 for Installation updates.
December 4, 2014
New Collection of U.S. Army's Particpation in the Battle of Vera Cruz (1914) and Mexican Border Service (1916-1917) Available at the USAHEC
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. Click the link below to see examples of images from the collection and for additional information about Carter Rila, and how to access his collection.
December 1, 2014
USAHEC to Operate on Modified Schedule in Holiday Period
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). The 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 4:00pm Sunday, December 28 -- Noon to 4:00pm Monday, December 29 -- 10:00am to 4:00pm Tuesday, December 30 -- 10:00am to 4:00pm Wednesday, December 31 -- 10:00am to 4:00pm Thursday, January 1 -- Closed to the public (Federal Holiday) The 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.
November 26, 2014
USAHEC Will Close at 1200 TODAY, November 26, 2014
Due to deteriorating weather conditions, the USAHEC will close at 1200 today, Nov. 26, 2014.
November 24, 2014
Dr. Richard Sommers' Lecture at the USAHEC to Air on C-SPAN's American History TV
Mark your calendars for this Saturday, November 29, 2014! C-SPAN visited the USAHEC in October to film Dr. Richard Sommers as he presented a Perspectives in Military History lecture entitled, "Richmond Redeemed: Enduring Lessons in Leadership from the Siege of Petersburg." The presentation will air on C-SPAN's American History TV on Saturday at 6:00pm and 10:00pm. See C-SPAN's website for additional information!
November 18, 2014
No Research Pulls on Friday, November 28, 2014
Due to reduced staffing on Friday, November 28, 2014, there will be no research pulls. Please coordinate in advance by calling: 717-245-3949.
November 5, 2014
USAHEC and AHCF Accept Letter from Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery to General Omar N. Bradley
The Army Heritage Center Foundation (AHCF) and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) accepted a donation of a congratulatory letter from then General Bernard Montgomery to then Lieutenant General Omar N. Bradley during a ceremony at the USAHEC on November 3, 2014. The letter, dated June 27, 1944, commended General Bradley and the officers and Soldiers of the 1st U.S. Army for their capture of the port city of Cherbourg, France. The capture of the port of Cherbourg was one of the most important early objectives for the Allies after the D-Day landings. The planners for Operation Overlord believed that the capture of an intact, major port was essential, if they were to be able to build up their forces faster than the Germans. Mrs. Randi (Hansen) Wood, the daughter of LTC Chet Hansen, General Bradley's aide-de-camp during and after World War II, possessed the letter. Mrs. Wood commented that "my father always believed that his letters should be returned to the Army," and this letter will join a larger collection of LTC Chet Hansen’s materials the family has already donated to the USAHEC. Click the link below to view a photo of the donation ceremony as well as images of the letter itself. Pictured in the attached photo left to right are: Mr. Mike Perry, AHCF; COL (Retired) Wood; Mrs. Randi (Hansen) Wood; COL Rick Harney, Director, USAHEC.
November 3, 2014
Native American Heritage Month Commemoration at the USAHEC
November marks Native American Heritage Month, and the USAHEC has commemorations planned throughout the month! An exhibition of Eastern Indian/Frontier artwork is on display in the USAHEC Multipurpose Room, and a small exhibit of Native American materials from the USAHEC Collection is on display in the Ridgway Hall Lobby for the month of November. Additionally, we're excited to welcome back the Redhawk Native American Arts Council Dancers to present traditional dances during an evening event on Wednesday, November 12. For further details on the commemoration of Native American Heritage Month at the USAHEC, please see the USAHEC website or call: 717-245-3972.
October 8, 2014
USAHEC's WWI Trench to Undergo Maintenance
Beginning Thursday, October 16, 2014, the USAHEC's World War I Trench exhibit on the Army Heritage Trail will be closed for maintenance and repair. The rest of the Army Heritage Trail exhibits will remain open during their normal hours of operation. Work on the trench is expected to be complete by January. Until it reopens, visitors can learn more about the WWI Trench by visiting the WWI Trench Section of the USAHEC website at the link below.
September 22, 2014
USAHEC to Set Up Display at Spirit of America Patriotic Show in Hershey, PA
This coming weekend (Friday-Saturday, September 26 & 27), the U.S. Army will present a FREE patriotic show at the Giant Center in Hershey. Spirit of America is a FREE, patriotic, live-action show that tells the history of our nation through the eyes of the American Soldier. It features performances by more than 250 active-duty Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own." The show celebrates the spirit, strength, and history of the nation with a unique combination of stirring music, historical narration, and live action dramatization. Spirit of America is the true story of men and women who have left friends and families behind to protect and defend the United States of America. For more information, see the attached PDF or visit the Spirit of America website ( If you're in the area this weekend, be sure to stop by the USAHEC Information Booth, which will be set up at the show!
September 16, 2014
New Video Highlighting Rare Book Collection on USAHEC's YouTube
The USAHEC just added a new video to its YouTube page. It highlights the facility's Rare Book collection, which contains pieces of the original War Department Library, compiled under George Washington. The video also provides a look into some of the other interesting components of the archival collection. Check out this latest video, and let us know what you think!
September 8, 2014
USAHEC Hosts Visit from U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno
GEN Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army visited the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, where he received briefings about the processes used to secure, preserve, process, and make available historical documents and artifacts entrusted to its care. GEN Odierno visited the archives maintained by the U.S. Army Military History Institute and artifact conservation and storage areas operated by the Army Heritage Museum team.
August 27, 2014
USAHEC Closed Until 12:00pm on Saturday, August 30
NOTICE: The USAHEC facilities and grounds will be closed to the public until noon on Saturday, August 30, 2014 due to a major MWR event. The USAHEC will open for normal operations at 12:00pm.
August 14, 2014
USAHEC Photos Used in Soldiers Online Magazine
Photos from the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center's collection were recently featured as part of a story in Soldiers, the official U.S. Army magazine. Take a look at the article to learn more about the Spanish-American War, and to view some of the incredible images from the USAHEC's collection!
July 10, 2014
Sneak Peak of New Art Exhibit Opening July 17, 2014
Sneak peak! Members of the USAHEC team are hard at work in the General Omar Nelson Bradley Memorial Art Gallery. The art for the next exhibit in the gallery, "Veterans," arrived earlier this week, and the team can be seen here unpacking and assessing the paintings. They will hang the paintings and put the final touches on the exhibit prior to the opening on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 4:30pm. Join us if you're in the area!
June 25, 2014
USAHEC Segment to Air, Sunday, June 29 at 6:00pm on C-SPAN3
Mark your calendars or set your DVRs! Earlier this year, C-SPAN's American History TV visited the USAHEC to film a segment about the facility, including a feature on the USAHEC's main exhibit, "The Soldier Experience." The segment will air this Sunday (June 29) at 6:00pm on C-SPAN3. This is a great opportunity for people who haven't had the chance to visit the facility to get a peek inside our main gallery. Be sure to watch and let us know what you think!
June 11, 2014
2013-2014 USAHEC Photo Contest Winners
Check out the winners of the USAHEC's 2013-2014 Photo Contest! Prizes were awarded in seven categories, including an overall grand prize. Click on the link below to view the winner's photographs.
June 10, 2014
Join the USAHEC for 239th U.S. Army Birthday Celebration on Friday, June 13, 2014
Join the USAHEC on Friday, June 13, 2014 at 2:30pm to celebrate 239th Birthday of the U.S. Army! The event will feature a reading of the original Congressional Resolution from 1775 establishing the U.S. Army, remarks by USAWC Command Sergeant Major Malcom Parrish, a cutting of the Army Birthday cake, and a lecture by Dr. Michael Lynch entitled, "Day Among Days: Marking the Army Birthday in Wartime -- June 14, 1944." The celebration is open to the public and free to attend. For questions or more information, please call: 717-245-3972.
June 5, 2014
D-Day Memo Discovered in USAHEC Collection
On June 5, 1944, seventy years ago today, the Allied Commanders met in the early hours of the morning to discuss Operation OVERLORD. This was one meeting in a long series regarding the execution of the invasion of Normandy, and featured great concern over "chancey" weather conditions. The link is to a scan of an original copy of the memorandum of record detailing the final Commanders' Meetings, which occurred on June 4, 1944 at 9:30 PM and again on June 5, 1944 at 4:15am. Discussions of the plan ensued until “a decision was confirmed to go ahead with D day on Y plus 5.” Signed by Major General H. R. Bull, the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3 (Operations), this document captured the final decision for Operation OVERLORD. Recently discovered in the USAHEC's collection as part of Brigadier General (Retired) Arthur S. Nevins’ materials, the USAHEC looks forward to organizing and processing the documents in this collection to make them available!
June 2, 2014
U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center/Army Heritage Museum Selected for 2014 AASLH Award of Merit
The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) is pleased to announce it was selected for a 2014 AASLH Award of Merit by the Leadership in History awards committee of the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) for the exhibit: A Great Civil War: Battles that Defined a Nation, 1863. Each year the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) receives nominations for the leadership in history awards for exhibits, publications, and projects that represent achievement in history. They are the nation's most prestigious awards. A Great Civil War: Battles that Defined a Nation, 1863 is the story of people, not unnamed faceless armies, but identified Soldiers who fought and died in the critical year of one the seminal events in American History: The Civil War. The detailed experiences of fourteen Soldiers and thirty other military and civilian people are highlighted through their original artifacts, documents, and images presented in a high quality exhibit using historically outfitted mannequins, interactive elements and traditional display methods. Visitors look the Soldiers in the eye, seeing the War through their eyes and their words. The objective is to inspire and educate military personnel, veterans, and the nation about the Soldiers and battles of that very pivotal year in American history. The exhibit was developed, designed and installed by the USAHEC/Museum team drawing on the rich collections of artifacts, archives, and photograph of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center and Military History Institute.
May 27, 2014
USAHEC Art Gallery Exhibit, "Kriegie Life," Closing June 1, 2014
The current exhibit on display in the USAHEC's General Omar N. Bradley Memorial Art Gallery will close on June 1. "Kriegie Life: The Words and Artwork of Lieutenant Carl H. Holmstrom, Prisoner of War," features the artwork of Carl Holmstrom, an American Soldier who while trapped in a German POW camp during World War II, recorded the suffering and humor of confinement through drawings and watercolors. Stop by this week for one last chance to get an up close look at these incredible images. The gallery will be closed for about six weeks as the USAHEC team installs a new exhibit entitled, "VETERANS," which will feature artwork from Nina Talbot that she created based on interviews with Veterans from World War II through the Global War on Terror. Additional information regarding the upcoming exhibit can be found on the USAHEC website (
May 23, 2014
USAHEC Receives Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor
The USAHEC was recently named a 2014 winner of a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence! This award is based on the fact that the USAHEC has consistently earned outstanding feedback from TripAdvisor travelers. The staff of the USAHEC could not be more proud or excited to receive this honor, and will continue to strive for every visitor to have an exceptional experience while at the facility!
May 13, 2014
Notice for Researchers Preparing to Visit the USAHEC
In an effort to ensure continued compliance with regulatory requirements, we are conducting a review of our collections prior to public release. These reviews may delay and limit some customer access to select holdings. We recommend that you plan your research trip to the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center accordingly. Please call our reference team at 717-245-3949 for more information.
April 21, 2014
USAHEC Receives Donation of MG (Ret) James B. Stodart's Pistol
The Army Heritage Center Foundation presented the pistol and accessories belonging to Major General James B. Stodart to the Army Heritage Museum, U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Major General (Ret) Stodart's military service began in 1958, when he enlisted in the Pennsylvania National Guard, and his military training included being in the resident class of the U.S. Army War College, class of 1984. He advanced through the ranks, becoming the Deputy Commanding General, Reserve Components for the First United States Army in 1987, and was promoted to Major General in March 1988, a post he held until his retirement in 1990. The Army Heritage Museum's mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret artifacts that are identified to individual Soldiers, as part of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center’s team who makes historical materials available for use to support the U.S. Army, educate an international audience, and honor Soldiers - past and present. Major General Stodart’s pistol is a welcome addition to the collection, which will be used in future exhibits at the USAHEC -- Telling the Army, Story One Soldier at a Time.
March 31, 2014
USAHEC Soldier Story Published in Montana Paper
Check out this great article published in the Miles City Star (Miles City, Montana) about a Soldier story from the USAHEC collection. Written by a USAHEC employee, the article highlights the life of General Nelson A. Miles, after whom Miles City is named. The articles traces his experiences in the U.S. Army, including service in the Civil War, during which he received the Medal of Honor, and the Indian Wars.
March 28, 2014
Special Donation to the USAHEC from LTG (Ret) Huntoon
David H. Huntoon, Jr., Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (Retired) and 46th Commandant of the U.S. Army War College visited USAHEC on March 27, 2014 on a special mission. On this trip to Carlisle Barracks, LTG Huntoon brought a very special artifact for the USAHEC collection: a uniform coat worn by his great-grandfather, Henry Elliot Holmes. The uniform coat has been handed down through the family for many years and is in remarkably good condition. Mr. Holmes participated in the Nez Perce Indian War of 1877 as part of the Washington Territorial Militia. Following the news of an engagement between the Nez Perce and a cavalry troop under a Captain Perry, efforts began to raise a company of militia. Of the approximately one hundred names on the list was H.E. Holmes. The uniform coat dates to this time period in form and construction and represents a very rare piece of Army history and was worn by Holmes on this campaign. Later, Mr. Holmes established the first drugstore in the Washington Territory in 1885. In partnership with Henry Stewart, the Stewart and Holmes Drug Company was established in the late 1880's; the first major during company in Seattle. The first stop for this important artifact is the triage area where is will be logged into the USAHEC accountability system and closely examined by staff conservators for any potential issues with its condition. It will undergo several weeks in the anoxia chamber, where all oxygen will be removed to eliminate any "critters" that may be hidden within. The USAHEC wants to thank LTG Huntoon for bringing in this “piece” of Army history, where it will be preserved for study, education, and research.
March 25, 2014
USAHEC Soldier Story Published in Virginia Paper
Check out this great article published in the Times Virginian (Appomattox, Virginia) about a Soldier story from the USAHEC's collection. Written by a USAHEC employee, the article highlights the life of George W. Abbitt, and his experiences during the Civil War, based on the recollections he kept in his diary.
March 21, 2014
Women's History Month Panel Discussion -- "Integrating Women into Combat Roles"
The performances of females serving in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last 12 years showcased their extraordinary abilities and reinforced the perception among many that women are fully capable to join ground combat arms specialties. In January 2013, the Department of Defense (DoD) removed the ground combat restrictions for women, and directed all the Services to study and recommend the opening of additional combat roles to women. To better understand this development and in honor of Women's History Month, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) will present a panel discussion on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 1:30 PM entitled, "Integrating Women into Combat Roles." The panel will feature three current United States Army War College (USAWC) students, COL Alan Kellogg and LTC Kevin Lambert, both of whom are completing research regarding the integration of women into combat, and COL Toya Davis, who will speak about her experiences throughout her Army career. USAWC senior staff member, COL Lorelei Coplen, will serve as moderator. There will be an opportunity for the panelists to take questions from the audience.
March 20, 2014
USAHEC Foreign Language Volunteers
USAHEC is requesting volunteers possessing language skills to assist the USAHEC in translating foreign language titles. Specific languages with large holdings are German, French, and Italian. Other languages of interest are Spanish and Portuguese. Also needed are volunteers to assist in translating several eastern European languages - Polish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Czech, and Serbian, as well as volunteers to assist with Scandinavian languages (Finnish, Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish). Volunteer translators are being asked to translate the titles, complete a simple worksheet, and then place that worksheet inside the publication. USAHEC personnel will provide the books and worksheets, and will retrieve the books once they have been translated. Volunteers may translate at any time during normal duty hours, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. All translation will be accomplished on-site in the Ridgway Hall Reading Room. Should you wish to assist in translating USAHEC's foreign language titles or have questions, please contact the USAHEC Volunteer Coordinator at: (717) 245-3152 or via e-mail at:
March 18, 2014
Valor 24 Medal of Honor Ceremony
Today at 3:15 p.m, 24 Veterans of The U.S. Army? will receive the Medal of Honor in recognition of their valor during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Learn more about these heroes by visiting the Valor 24 website, and be sure to tune into the website for a live stream of the ceremony.
March 10, 2014
Women's History Month YouTube Videos
In honor of Women's History Month 2014, take a moment to view several different "Did You Know Video?" segments on the USAHEC YouTube page. This year in honor of Woman's History Month, the USAHEC highlighted the Soldier stories of five specific women who proudly served the U.S. Army in war and peace. Drawn from the extensive Soldier story collections preserved within the USAHEC archives, these videos will help viewers gain a better understanding and appreciation of the vast contributions women have made to the U.S. Army and the nation.
February 25, 2014
USAHEC Resources are now in Summon!
Summon (also known as "KeySearch") is the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) Library's most comprehensive search engine. It provides a Google-like search experience, using a single search to discover credible and reliable library content (both online and physical). Summon now combines and searches materials from both the Root Hall (USAWC) and Ridgway Hall (USAHEC) Library collections. When searching Summon, click on the title of a item to determine its location - the catalog record for each item displays its location in the banner at the top of screen: U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (Ridgway Hall) *OR* U.S. Army War College Library (Root Hall).
February 21, 2014
Oral History Interview with Buffalo Soldier, SGT James Clark
In honor of African American History Month, check out the latest video uploaded to the USAHEC YouTube page. It is an oral history from the USAHEC Audio Visual Archive, featuring an interview with SGT James Clark. Filmed in Fort Huachuca in 1984, SGT Clark shares his experiences as a Buffalo Soldier in the U.S. Army.
February 11, 2014
USAHEC's Reenactor Recruitment Day Receives Great Coverage in Local Paper
Check out this article that ran in Carlisle's local paper (The Sentinel) about the USAHEC's Reenactor Recruitment Day, held this past weekend!
February 10, 2014
Army Heritage Days Returns to the USAHEC, May 17-18, 2014
The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) is excited to announce its annual Army Heritage Days Event is back this year and bigger than ever! Army Heritage Days, scheduled for May 17 & 18, 2014, is a timeline living history event, which examines nearly every era of U.S. Army history. This year's event features an expanded look at World War I and showcases living historians representing Soldiers from before the French and Indian War through the Vietnam War. After a hiatus, over 200 re-enactors from all periods are eager to return to the Army Heritage Trail to bring Army history to life once again. Throughout the two day event, historical equipment, vehicles, gear, and live demonstrations will fill the USAHEC's Army Heritage Trail. New additions in 2014 include the unique experience of a World War I bi-plane flyover, and a two-day military music tattoo program, featuring performances of military and patriotic music by local and historical bands. While Army Heritage Days will feature exciting new programming, some favorites from the past several years will return, including the used book sale, the children's passport activity, and the meet and greet with Army veterans from WWII through current operations. The majority of activities occur on the USAHEC’s outdoor Army Heritage Trail, but both days offer additional events inside the Visitor and Education Center (VEC). The hallways and exhibit spaces in the VEC will be full of displays, activities, and demonstrations with lectures from notable military historians topping the list of indoor attractions. As always, the USAHEC museum store will be open. Army Heritage Days 2014 is a FREE event and includes FREE parking. The event opens to the public at 9:00 AM on Saturday, May 17 and on Sunday, May 18. The event will end at 5:00 PM both days, as well. Food vendors, including the USAHEC’s Cafe Cumberland, will offer a wide variety of refreshments. For more information, please call 717-245-3972 or visit
February 7, 2014
Reenactor Recruitment Day, Saturday, February 8, 2014
TOMORROW!! The USAHEC will host its third annual Reenactor Recruitment Day. The event will feature forty-one living history organizations representing impressions covering all eras of U.S. Army and world military history, from 16th Century pike men 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. This event is free and will run from 10:00am-4:00pm. Call 717-245-3972 with any questions!
January 31, 2014
Omar Bradley Exhibit to Close
Effective Monday, February 3, 2014, the USAHEC's exhibit, "America’s Last Five Star General: General of the Army Omar Nelson Bradley," will close. After a wonderful run, these artifacts and archival items will be transferred into conservation and storage. Once the exhibit is removed, design and installation will begin on a new exhibit, which will highlight some of the extraordinary items in the USAHEC collection, including both archival and artifact pieces. This exhibit is currently slated to open in October 2014.
January 22, 2014
USAHEC Digital Collections Available to the Public
The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) is pleased to announce its Digital Collections are now available to the public. The Digital Collections website is a powerful search engine and tool designed to help each user find something to match their interests in relation to the U.S. Army and its long history. Users may access the Digital Collection by clicking the button on the right side of the USAHEC homepage or via the following direct link: The Digital Collections focus is primarily on photographs, but it also includes digitized manuscripts, artwork and artifacts (from the U.S. Army Heritage Museum), and digitized books from the USAHEC library collections. Additionally, there are several large databases of items the USAHEC does not yet have digitized, an extensive collection of U.S. Army publications and manuals, and a large group of reference bibliographies on selected topics, units, and wars. The USAHEC's Digital Archive Division is constantly adding new items to the site, so be sure to check back often to view the latest content. The USAHEC is always seeking ways to improve, so if you have feedback regarding the Digital Collections website, please fill out a Visitor’s Survey (available online) to let us know how we can improve our resources. For further information about the Digital Collections or any other upcoming USAHEC events or programs, please contact us: or 717-245-3972.
January 15, 2014
The USAHEC is looking to expand its force - its volunteer force!
We're looking for volunteers interested in assisting at the Visitor and Education Center Information Desk and to help with educational programming. (Note: Volunteers assisting with educational programming must be willing and able to walk long distances and be prepared for changing weather conditions.) This is a great opportunity for YOU to help support the USAHEC! If you're interested in volunteering or have any questions, please contact the USAHEC Volunteer Coordinator: or 717-245-3972.
January 13, 2014
USAHEC Winter History Series -- Discovering Genealogy During World War I
Do you know the name of a Soldier and want to learn more, but aren't sure how to begin research? Visit the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, for a lecture and workshop entitled, "Discovering Genealogy in World War I," presented by Martin Andresen at 10 AM on Saturday, January 18, 2014. Following the lecture, Andresen will offer hands-on assistance to visitors with questions about conducting research and finding source material from any era. While focused on how to research World War I veterans, this workshop is perfect for genealogists, researchers, students, and people of all experience levels.
December 20, 2013
U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center Announces New Hours for 2014
Beginning January 2, 2014, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) will implement new hours. The hours of operation will be Monday - Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Ridgway Hall Research Room will be open Monday - Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and closed on Sunday. There are no research pulls on Saturday. Researchers working on Saturday must coordinate in advance for materials by calling 717-245-3949. Exhibits presented at the USAHEC include a new art gallery featuring the exhibit, "Kriegie Life: The Words and Artwork of LT Carl H. Holmstrom, Prisoner of War," and the Soldier Experience Gallery. Also available at the USAHEC are the Cafe Cumberland, and the Army Heritage Center Foundation Museum Store. All USAHEC exhibits and research facilities are free and open to the public.
December 20, 2013
The Beats of Battle: Images of Army Drummer Boys Endure
Check out this great article from Soldiers, the official magazine of The U.S. Army! The USAHEC provided the historic images to accompany the story about the use of drummer boys throughout the early periods of U.S. Army history.
December 3, 2013
Significant Donation of World War I Medals to the USAHEC
Last month, the USAHEC received a significant donation of artifacts to is collection. World War I medals belonging to Army Captain Edward C. Allworth, including a WWI Medal of Honor, were donated to the facility by Captain Allworth's son. To learn more about the donation and Captain Allworth's service, check out this article!
November 13, 2013
Carlisle Indian Industrial School Photograph Collection
In honor of National American Indian Heritage Month, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) is excited to highlight its Carlisle Indian Industrial School (CIIS) photograph collection. The CIIS was established in 1879 by Richard Henry Pratt. Pratt was Lieutenant in the 10th U.S. Cavalry who became an advocate for American Indians after his experiences as a Soldier on America's Western Frontier. He believed that through education the hostilities of the American Indians would cease. During a time period when no public schools allowed Indian students, he rallied up interest and supporters to open the Indian School at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. The CIIS accepted boys or girls, taught them at least one mechanical trade or domestic skill, and English. At the same time, the school stripped the children of their cultural traditions.
November 1, 2013
USAHEC Announces Smithsonian Affiliation
The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center has been named a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. The Army center at Carlisle 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. Read more about the new partnership in the following article.
November 1, 2013
Silver Caduceus Association Visit to the USAHEC
This September, the USAHEC hosted a visit from the Silver Caduceus Association, an organization dedicated to promoting the history and traditions of the Medical Service Corps. They had a great tour of both the USAHEC and the United States Army War College. Read more about the visit in their newsletter!
September 25, 2013
USAWC Sponsoring Event to Honor Medal of Honor Recipient SFC Randy Shughart
On Thursday, October 3 from 3:30 - 4:30pm, at Westminster Cemetery in Carlisle, PA, a special ceremony will dedicate a new cemetery marker created to recognize the courage, dedication, and sacrifice of Medal of Honor Recipient SFC Randall Shughart, on the 20th anniversary of the Battle of Mogadishu. The ceremony is free and open to the public, and will take place rain or shine at Westminster Cemetery. A reception with light refreshments will follow at the nearby West Pennsboro Fire Department, 20 Park Road, Plainfield, PA. The attached flyer includes additional information about this event.
September 20, 2013
USAHEC Photo Contest Entry Deadline Extension
The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) is pleased to announce the extension of the entry deadline for its Photo Contest! Photography has long played an important role in U.S. Army history, and now the USAHEC wants you to submit your own Army-related photographs for the USAHEC Photo Contest! Due to widened interest, this event will now run until March 31, 2014 and is open to photos which highlight life in the Army, both past and present. Please see the attached flyer for more information!
September 18, 2013
French and Indian War "School of the Soldier" at the USAHEC
On the weekend of September 21 & 22, 2013, the USAHEC is hosting a French and Indian War "School of the Soldier," which features re-enactors from two units portraying soldiers from the French and Indian War. Join us to learn more about how the re-enactors train to properly portray soldiers!
September 9, 2013
Local Family Views Artifacts in the USAHEC Collection
The USAHEC recently hosted the Meikrantz Family for a visit, which allowed them to view artifacts in the collection donated by their family members.
September 3, 2013
Recreating History: Treaty of Paris
September 3, 2013 is the 230th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Paris ending the Revolutionary War. In this video, LTC Christopher Leljedal, Deputy Director of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, gives an overview of the Battle of Trenton, a small, but important part of the fight for independence during the Revolutionary War.
August 30, 2013
Women's Equality Day Seminar 2013
Ambassador Helen Reed-Rowe and Colonel Lorelei Coplan talk about Women's Equality.
August 26, 2013
The Maryland Campaign and the Battle of Antietam
Prospects for winning the Civil War seemed bleak for the United States in the late summer and early autumn of 1862. Everywhere advancing Confederate armies retook or at least threatened areas that Federal forces had captured earlier in the year: southern Missouri, northern Mississippi, middle Tennessee, central and eastern Kentucky, western Virginia (present-day West Virginia). Although these advances were not coordinated in a grand strategic offensive, they had the same practical effect of carrying the war to the Yankees all along the Western Front. To make matters worse, the Great Sioux Uprising in southwestern Minnesota in August, 1862, diverted troops, commanders, resources, and attention from the Civil War to protecting civilians on the Indian frontier.
August 26, 2013
The Burning of Washington
"Wednesday Morning, twelve o'clock. -- Since sunrise I have been turning my spy-glass in every direction, and watching with unwearied anxiety, hoping to discover the approach of my dear husband and his friends; but, alas! I can descry only groups of military, wandering in all directions, as if there was a lack of arms, or of spirit to fight for their own fireside." - Dolly Madison
August 26, 2013
War of 1812 Battle of Chippewa
A brief description of how important training is in military operations.
August 21, 2013
Recreating History: Yorktown's Redoubt 10 at the USAHEC
The USAHEC's Army Heritage Trail has many different exhibits recreating different periods of history, including Redoubt 10 from the Battle of Yorktown during the Revolutionary War. This video highlights the Redoubt, while USAHEC Director COL Matt Dawson provides a short overview of the Battle of Yorktown.

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