June 21, 2016
"Killing Jeff Davis: Bungled Raids and Murder During the Civil War," Roundtable Event, Saturday, June 25, 2016
In 1864, Brigadier General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick led his Union cavalrymen on an ambitious assault of the Confederate capital at Richmond, Virginia, with the help of Colonel Ulrich Dahlgren. Kilpatrick and Dahlgren split forces after crossing the Rappahannock River, resulting in a devastating Confederate ambush and Dahlgren's murder. On Saturday, June 25, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), Dr. Bruce Venter, author of Kill Jeff Davis: The Union Raid on Richmond, 1864, will give a lecture and hold a roundtable discussion about the raid, giving the minute-by-minute details surrounding Dahlgren’s rumored mission to assassinate the Confederate President.
The Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid was an attempt to free Federal prisoners of war and to spread word of President Abraham Lincoln’s "Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction." Allegedly, Dahlgren was found carrying papers with instructions to burn Richmond, kill Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and decimate his administration. It is not clear who these orders came from, or if these orders were accurate, but some scholars say they were forged by Confederates. Nevertheless, the raid was a Union failure and ended in Confederate victory. Venter’s book focusses on the controversies and debates surrounding the American Civil War’s Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid. This roundtable event will cover, in detail, the Raid’s poor execution, the veracity of newly discovered documents, myths, and misperceptions, all with the input from a panel of Civil War experts.
Dr. Bruce M. Venter is the 1st Vice-President of Goochland County Historical Society and CEO of America’s History, LLC. He is a past president of the Richmond Civil War Round Table and spent 36 years in public education, mostly as a superintendent. He earned his B.A. in history from Manhattan College, followed by a master’s in public administration and a doctorate in educational administration from the University at Albany-SUNY. His articles have been published in Blue and Gray, Civil War, Patriots of the American Revolution, Goochland County Historical Society Magazine, and the Washington Times.
All USAHEC lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend. Doors to the Visitor and Education Center open at 10:00 AM, and the roundtable begins at 2:00 p.m. Parking is free, books for a signing after the lecture will be for sale, and the Museum Store will be open. For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: www.usahec.org or call: 717-245-3972.
June 13, 2016
Discover Your Genealogy: Twentieth Century Military Records!
On November 11, 1918, world leaders signed an armistice ending one of the bloodiest conflicts in human memory. Like other major military events in the twentieth century, this moment has been immortalized in popular culture, but there's more to this story, and it is in the letters, diaries, and journals of Soldiers, and the U.S. Army’s records. Did you know these items can be the key to unlocking your family’s history and can be found at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania? On Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 10:30am, the USAHEC invites you to join us for our annual Genealogy Workshop, which includes a presentation and hands-on workshop about using the USAHEC Collection to discover genealogy through twentieth century military records.
The winter history program will feature an in-depth presentation by esteemed researcher and USAHEC Collection expert, Mr. Marty Andresen. A hands-on workshop will follow the presentation, focusing on how to begin researching your family’s history using World War I and World War II records from the USAHEC Collection. These records include a multitude of primary sources, such as unit histories and records, photograph collections, newspapers, and numerous manuscript collections. While this event focuses on twentieth century records, it is perfect for genealogists, researchers, and students of all experience levels and periods of interest.
The "Twentieth Century Military Records and Genealogy" event begins at 10:30am on Saturday, June 18, 2016 and is open to the public and free to attend. Participants must register by Friday, June 15th to attend the event and can do so by calling: 717-245-4427 or sending an email to: email@example.com.
The USAHEC’s exhibits, to include the “Cook Pot and Palette” art exhibit, “Treasures of the USAHEC,” and the Soldier Experience Gallery, will be open. Don’t forget to grab lunch at Café Cumberland from 10:00am to 2:00pm, and feel free to browse the museum bookstore. Parking is free and the USAHEC facility is handicapped accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please visit the website: www.USAHEC.org.
June 7, 2016
Special Event: "Mighty Moms of Walter Reed" Presentation and Panel Discussion
In the blink of an eye, their lives changed forever. On Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 2:00pm, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) invites you to meet the extraordinary individuals known as the "Wounded Warriors and Mighty Moms of Walter Reed," as they tell their moving stories of service to their country, to their children, and to each other.
This presentation and panel discussion features several of the Mighty Moms and a few of the Soldiers introduced in the book, Unbreakable Bonds: the Wounded Warriors and Mighty Moms of Walter Reed. The authors, Dava Guerin and Kevin Ferris, wrote their book after visiting several of these families at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as volunteers. Hearing the experiences of the brave men and women who were wounded while serving their country, and the families who cared for them after their return home inspired Ms. Guerin and Mr. Ferris to share these amazing stories of service, sacrifice, and resilience.
The presentation “Unbreakable Bonds: The Mighty Moms of Walter Reed,” begins at 2:00pm on Saturday, June 11, 2016. The presentation is open to the public and free to attend.
June 6, 2016
CHINA VS VIETNAM, 1979, CONTINUING IMPLICATIONS - LECTURE AT THE USAHEC
Did you know there was a second War in Vietnam, after cessation of hostilities with America in 1975? Despite a long history of alliance against France and the United States, China launched a so-called "punitive war" against Vietnam on February 17, 1979. As a result, the two countries remained hostile, fighting along their borders for over a decade. The history of the conflict is seldom studied due to the lack of access to official records in both countries. At 7:15 PM on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, Dr. Xiaoming Zhang of the Department of Strategy at the Air War College will give a lecture entitled, “What Can We Learn from the China-Vietnam War?” at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Drawing upon newly available Chinese sources, the lecture will be based on Dr. Zhang's new book, Deng Xiaoping’s Long War: The Military Conflict between China and Vietnam, 1979-1991. The text attempts to address the question of why these two countries went to war against each other after many years of “brother plus comrade” relations. It retraces the thirteen years of hostility between China and Vietnam, arguing that the intimate, two-decade relationship was far more fragile than it appeared. Dr. Zhang’s talk will cover how China made the decision to go to war against Vietnam, and how their decision affects security in the region today.
Dr. Xiaoming Zhang is professor in the Department of Strategy at the Air War College, teaching strategy and subjects on China and East Asia. He earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in history from the University of Iowa in 1994, and taught at Texas Tech University and Texas A&M International University, prior to joining the Air War College. Dr. Zhang is the author of over twenty articles and chapters on Chinese military involvement in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and Sino-Soviet relations during these conflicts. His writings have appeared in China Quarterly, Journal of Cold War Studies, The Journal of Conflict Studies, Security Studies, and The Journal of Military History. The Society for Military History has twice selected him to receive the Moncado Prize for excellence in the writing of military history. His current research focuses on America’s and China’s South China Sea policy from a historical perspective.
All USAHEC lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend. Doors to the Visitor and Education Center open at 6:30 p.m., and the lecture begins at 7:15 p.m. Parking is free, books for a signing after the lecture will be for sale, and the Museum Store will be open. For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: www.usahec.org or call: 717-245-3972.
June 6, 2016
USAWC Library Catalog Unavailable -- June 14, 2016
Due to system maintenance, the USAWC Library catalog will be unavailable on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. If you have questions or need assistance with a research question, please contact the USAHEC Reference Desk (717-245-3949).
May 19, 2016
Army Heritage Days -- Rain or Shine!
Did you know you can experience the history of the United States Army from its roots in the French and Indian War through current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan in just one day? As the nation's premier center for Soldier history, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), puts visitors in the boots of Soldiers. We are only two days away from this year's Army Heritage Days to be held at the USAHEC on May 21 and 22, 2016 from 9AM to 5PM. Our timeline history event has several additional attractions this year to give visitors a new perspective on Army history. For the first time ever, the event is commemorating the Vietnam War and the Soldiers who served in that conflict.
"The Moving Wall: Vietnam Veterans Memorial" will be at this year's Army Heritage Days. "The Moving Wall: Vietnam Veterans Memorial," is a half-scale replica of the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. and recognizes the service and sacrifice of the military men and women who served in the Vietnam War. The 58,272 names listed on the wall include those killed in action and those still listed missing in action. The names are listed chronologically from the date of the initial wounding or when they were reported as missing. The replica wall will be operated by a volunteer staff of Veterans, who will help guests navigate how to find a name, assist with name rubbings, and answer questions. The Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative Committee will be on-site as well to present pins to Vietnam Veterans.
As always, the weekend-long event will feature lectures by well-known historians, military equipment displays, tactics and weapons demonstrations, and a meet and greet session with Army veterans. This family-friendly event will have many children's activities including 18th century games and the passport program, which allows children to collect stamps from around the event and claim a prize! In addition to the impressive outdoor displays, there will also be several highlighted lectures and presentations sprinkled throughout the weekend where you can hear from Veterans in their own words. Among the scheduled Veterans to speak this year is General (Retired) and NBC news spokesperson, Barry McCaffrey who will give a lecture entitled "Vietnam-- Our Veterans in Perspective" and Terry Buckler who participated in the Son Tay Raid during the Vietnam War.
So come out and play this weekend, rain or shine, and enjoy the activities scheduled! A schedule of events can be found on our website, www.usahec.org.
May 10, 2016
The Secret is Out: Vietnam Moving Wall; Gen (Ret) Barry McCaffrey among Vietnam-era highlights at this year's Army Heritage Days!
For the past month and a half, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, PA has been keeping a big secret about this year's Army Heritage Days event, scheduled for May 21 and 22, 2016. Over the past month we gave little hints through the media that something "big" was planned, and now it is the time to reveal our big surprise! The USAHEC is pleased to announce we are hosting “The Moving Wall: Vietnam Veterans Memorial,” at this year’s Army Heritage Days. “The Moving Wall: Vietnam Veterans Memorial,” is a half-scale replica of the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. and recognizes the service and sacrifice of the military men and women who served in the Vietnam War. The 58,272 names listed on the wall include those killed in action and those still listed missing in action. The names are listed chronologically from the date of the initial wounding or when they were reported as missing. The replica wall will be operated by a volunteer staff of Veterans, who will help guests navigate how to find a name, assist with name rubbings, and answer questions. The Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative Committee will be on-site as well to present pins to Vietnam Veterans.
While Army Heritage Days is a timeline living history event following the history of the U.S. Army from its roots to current day operations, this year’s theme highlights the Vietnam War. The Moving Wall is just one of the exciting new attractions. A Huey helicopter flown in Vietnam is being restored by the Liberty War Bird Association and will be on display to educate visitors about the restoration of large military equipment.
In keeping with tradition, there are several lectures throughout the weekend. Terry Buckler will present a lecture entitled, “Son Tay: The Most Daring Raid of the Vietnam War.” What is the Son Tay Raid? After identifying the names of over 500 American prisoners of war (POWs) being held by the North Vietnamese in unfavorable camp conditions in 1970, a 15 member planning group was created to address the issues. An attack to overtake camp Son Tay was deemed feasible, and the U.S. Army launched Operation Ivory Coast to train, plan, and execute the attack. Terry Buckler was 20 years old when he participated in the raid and will share his story at Army Heritage Days. General (Retired) Barry McCaffrey is also on the schedule to present a talk entitled, “Vietnam - Our Veterans in Perspective,” about his service during the war and his view of Vietnam Veterans service today. Both General McCaffrey and Mr. Buckler will also participate in the popular “Veterans Meet and Greet,” which allows visitors the opportunity to interact with Veterans from several different periods of history.
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter via #CountdowntoAHD as we release more information, including the detailed schedule of events. For more information about the USAHEC and Army Heritage days, please visit: www.usahec.org or call: 717-245-3972.
April 5, 2016
Perspectives in Military History Lecture: "Drugs, Thugs and Diplomats: The Origins and Impact of Plan Colombia"
Since the 1980's, the U.S. has worked with the Colombian government to combat drug trafficking and to defeat guerillas terrorizing its citizens. In 2000, the top government and military leaders in the U.S. designed a grand strategy, dubbed "Plan Colombia," to reanimate the ongoing mission to destroy the thugs responsible for the drug trade, support peace throughout the country, and build democracy. On Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 7:15 PM, Dr. Winifred Tate will give a lecture entitled, "Drugs, Thugs and Diplomats: The Origins and Impact of Plan Colombia," at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The lecture will discuss how Plan Colombia had an opposite effect than intended, because the increase in the militarization of drug policies allowed fear of Colombian security forces to overcome human rights, and generally worsened the crisis it was designed to resolve.
Dr. Tate's presentation, based on her new book, Drugs, Thugs, and Diplomats: U.S. Policymaking in Colombia, will detail the history of U.S. involvement in Colombia's internal drug wars, while also examining the U.S. policymaking process through a unique anthropological lens. She will analyze the design, implementation, and assessment of the Plan Colombia aid package and challenge the praise of the plan by pundits and policymakers in Washington. Tate will argue that more than 80 percent of the assistance provided by the U.S. through Plan Colombia is military aid, despite the Colombian security force’s link to abusive, drug-trafficking paramilitary organizations.
Dr. Winifred Tate is an associate professor of anthropology at Colby College and the author of Drugs, Thugs and Diplomats: U.S. Policymaking in Colombia (Stanford University Press, 2015) and the award-winning Counting the Dead: The Culture and Politics of Human Rights Activism in Colombia (University of California Press, 2007). Dr. Tate has more than 25 years’ experience with issues regarding Colombia, beginning with an extensive period of volunteer work and study abroad in the 1980s. She spent another three years working with human rights NGOs in Guatemala and Colombia, after completing her Bachelor’s Degree. In addition, she worked for three years as the Colombia policy expert at the Washington Office on Latin America, before completing her doctorate at New York University.
All USAHEC lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend. Doors to the Visitor and Education Center open at 6:30 p.m., and the lecture begins at 7:15 p.m. Parking is free, books for a signing after the lecture will be for sale, and the Museum Store will be open. For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: www.usahec.org or call: 717-245-3972.
March 29, 2016
NBC News Commentator and Retired General McCaffrey featured at Army Heritage Days in May
Did you know you can experience the history of the United States Army from its roots in the French and Indian War through current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan in just one day? Did you know all it would cost you is a tank of gas? As the nation's premier center for Soldier history, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), puts visitors in the boots of Soldiers and is in your backyard! Every year on Armed Forces weekend (third weekend in May), the grounds of the USAHEC come alive with historical Army equipment, re-enactors, and Soldiers past and present as we celebrate Army Heritage Days, a timeline living history experience. All of this can be seen on USAHEC's one-mile outdoor trail, which is ordinarily filled with helicopters, tanks, buildings, and trenches representing all eras of U.S. Army history. During Army Heritage Days you will see re-enactors outfitting these buildings, setting up camps, and manning additional vehicles, such as Vietnam Gun Trucks and WWII Willy’s Jeeps. Of course the best part for many visitors: it’s all free! So join us on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 9am to 5pm each day to experience this exciting and patriotic event!
As always, the weekend-long event will feature lectures by well-known historians, military equipment displays, tactics and weapons demonstrations, and a meet and greet session with Army veterans. This family-friendly event will have many children's activities including 18th century games and the passport program, which allows children to collect stamps from around the event and claim a prize!
In addition to the impressive outdoor displays, there will also be several highlighted lectures and presentations sprinkled throughout the weekend where you can hear from Veterans in their own words. Among the scheduled Veterans to speak this year is General (Retired) Barry McCaffrey who will give a lecture entitled "Vietnam -- Our Veterans in Perspective." McCaffrey is a retired four-star General who is most recently known as a guest analyst and commentator for NBC.
While Army Heritage Days is a timeline event that features all U.S. Army eras, this year's event will highlight the Vietnam War with an increase in the Vietnam era re-enactors, Veterans relating their experiences, and other events specifically for that time period. There will even be a special display of national importance that we will reveal as we get closer to the event!!
Be sure to check back for updates as we begin to reveal our special display via social media! Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter via the #countdowntoAHD as we release more information about our special display and guests.
For more information about the USAHEC, the event, or to follow as the schedule is released, please visit www.usahec.org or call 717-245-3972.
January 24, 2016
USAHEC Closed Monday, January 25, 2016
The USAHEC will be closed on Monday, January 25, 2016. Employees should not report to work.
January 23, 2016
USAHEC Closed on Saturday & Sunday, January 23-24, 2016
The USAHEC will be closed and all scheduled events are cancelled on Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24, 2016, due to dangerous weather conditions. Please monitor the U.S. Army War College Facebook and the Carlisle Barracks Information Line (717-245-3700) for updates regarding the Installation's operation.
January 22, 2016
The USAHEC will be Closed January 23, 2016 due to Weather
The USAHEC will be closed and all scheduled events are cancelled on Saturday, January 23, 2016 due to projected weather conditions. Severe
winter weather is expected over the next few days, with temperatures
remaining below freezing and icy conditions. Please monitor the U.S. Army
War College Facebook and Installation Information Line 717-245-3700 for
November 3, 2015
USAHEC to Operate on Modified Schedule in December Holiday Period
The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) exhibits and research facilities will operate on a modified schedule during the December holiday period (Monday, December 21, 2015 through Sunday, January 3, 2016). The adapted hours are as follows:
Monday, December 21 - USAHEC Exhibits open 10:00am-5:00pm, Research by Appointment Only**
Tuesday, December 22 - USAHEC Exhibits open 10:00am-5:00pm, Research by Appointment Only**
Wednesday, December 23 - USAHEC Exhibits open 10:00am-5:00pm, Research by Appointment Only**
Thursday, December 24 - Closed
Friday, December 25 - Closed (Federal Holiday)
Saturday, December 26 - Closed
Sunday, December 27 - Closed
Monday, December 28 - USAHEC Exhibits open 10:00am-5:00pm, Research by Appointment Only**
Tuesday, December 29 - USAHEC Exhibits open 10:00am-5:00pm, Research by Appointment Only**
Wednesday, December 30 - USAHEC Exhibits open 10:00am-5:00pm, Research by Appointment Only**
Thursday, December 31 - Closed
Friday, January 1 – Closed (Federal Holiday)
Saturday, January 2 – Closed
Sunday, January 3 – Closed
**The USAHEC will support researchers on December 21, 22, 23 & 28, 29, 30 by appointment only. Please call: 717-245-3949 (USAWC Library Ridgway Hall Location) or 717-245-3660 (USAWC Library Root Hall Location) to schedule.
The USAHEC will resume normal hours and operations on Monday, January 4, 2016. For questions about the modified holiday schedule, please call the USAHEC Information Desk: 717-245-3972.
October 15, 2015
Brooks E. Kleber Lecture features West Point Graduate, LTC (Ret.) Brian McEnany, speaking about Junior Officer Leadership during the Civil War
"JOINING THE COMMON CAUSE," THE USAHEC PRESENTS A LECTURE ON JUNIOR OFFICERS IN THE CIVIL WAR
The first devastating battles of the Civil War played in the minds of the twenty-eight remaining cadets enrolled at West Point in 1862. These tough young men went on to fight their former classmates not as generals astride horses, but as junior officers leading the charges of platoons and companies. To explore the minds and actions of these young leaders, LTC (Ret.) Brian R. McEnany will present a lecture based on his book, For Brotherhood and Duty: The Civil War History of the West Point Class of 1862, at 7:15 PM on Thursday, October 29, 2015. The lecture will be at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Brian R. McEnany spent years in archives across the country writing his book, For Brotherhood and Duty: The Civil War History of the West Point Class of 1862. In this lecture-version of his research, he will focus on sixteen young cadets, as they struggle through their classes while watching the country fall to violent pieces around them. Following these twelve Federal and four Confederate officers onto the battlefield, he uses first person accounts, as well as numerous other primary sources, to give life to their personal alliances, demons, and struggles. Each account not only sheds light on the junior leadership during such battles as Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg, but also reflects on the senior leadership, national strategy, and the soul of the armies contesting the rights of the Federal government versus the states.
LTC (Ret.) McEnany is a 1962 graduate of the United States Military Academy and served as an artillery officer in combat in Vietnam, as well as in garrison in Korea, Germany, and the United States. He retired as an operations research analyst with the rank of lieutenant colonel. In his retirement, he has written several historical articles about West Point during the Civil War.
All USAHEC lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend. Doors to the USAHEC will open at 6:30 PM, and the lecture will begin at 7:15 PM in the Ridgway Hall Research Room. Parking is free, books for a signing after the lecture will be for sale, and the Museum Store will be open. For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: www.usahec.org or call: 717-245-3972.
October 8, 2015
October Perspectives Lecture features Dr. Frederick Schneid speaking about Industrial Age Warfare
More than a quarter of a million soldiers clashed among the choking smoke of muskets and the roaring thunder of cannon as the forces of Napoleon III smashed into his enemies during the Battle for Solferino on June 24, 1859. The French Campaign in the Italian Piedmont region represented the beginning of full-scale industrial-age warfare, and offers a fascinating insight into the evolution of warfare. At 7:15 PM on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania will present a lecture by Dr. Frederick Schneid, an author and professor at High Point University, entitled, "The European Battlefield in the 19th Century: Napoleon III and Military Leadership During the Second French Empire." Dr. Schneid will discuss the international coalition which fought the battle, as well as how the conduct of the battle at the operational level reflected the changing nature of warfare in the Industrial Age. The talk will also cover how tactical level traditions of leadership established during the First French Empire remained sacrosanct.
Napoleon III took the French throne at the end of 1852, but the early 19th-century political and military rule of Napoleon I was not far from the new leader's mind. The Second French Empire (1852-1859) formed alongside Napoleon III’s coup d’état and with it the 'Bonapartist’ agenda or ‘Napoleonic Idea’ was reinstated. Its principles established the emperor as the supreme leader of the free peoples of Europe. This idea resulted in Napoleon III’s plan to influence political events in Italy by fostering Italian nationalism to reunify the country through the dissolution of the European Alliance. The French Army allied with the Piedmont region of Italy in 1859 to drive the repressive Hapsburg rulers out of the peninsula.
Dr. Schneid is the chair of High Point University’s history department, as well as a professor. Schneid’s research concentrates on the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Era, with publications including Napoleon’s Italian Campaigns, 1805-1815 (2002), Napoleon’s Conquest of Europe: The War of the Third Coalition 1805 (2005), and The Napoleonic Wars-Essential Bibliography Series (2012). His most recent book, The French-Piedmontese Campaign of 1859 (2014), drew considerable acclaim at the International Book Fair in Turin, Italy. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, and serves as the Southern Regional Director of the Society for Military History.
All USAHEC lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend. Doors to the Visitor and Education Center will open at 6:30 PM, and the lecture will begin at 7:15 PM. Parking is free, books for a signing after the lecture will be for sale, and the Museum Store will be open. For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: www.usahec.org or call: 717-245-3972.
September 30, 2015
USAHEC's "Cook Pot and Palette" Art Exhibit featured in article on U.S. Army's Website
Check out this great article, which was featured on the Army's website earlier this week! It is a story about the exhibit, "Cook Pot and Palette," currently on display in the USAHEC's Omar N. Bradley Memorial Art Gallery, and it details the life of Sergeant Angelo Gepponi, who served as a cook in the Pacific Theater during World War II, and also includes some historical context about the role of cooks in the Army. Take a few minutes to read the article and look at examples of some of the art Sergeant Gepponi created while serving. If you're in the area, be sure to plan a trip to see Sergeant Gepponi's beautiful artwork in person; it's on display at the USAHEC through the end of 2015!
August 10, 2015
Mysteries in Military History Day Article Recap in The Sentinel
This past Saturday, the USAHEC hosted its third annual Mysteries in Military History Day. The event made USAHEC staff available to provide information to visitors about their mysterious military items. Take a moment to read this article, which captures further detail about the event, and mark your calendars for August 2016, when we plan to host the event again!
August 5, 2015
USAHEC Changing Gallery Exhibit, "A Great Civil War," to Close to Public on August 10, 2015
This is the last week to visit, "A Great Civil War: Battles That Defined a Nation, 1863," on display in the USAHEC's Changing Gallery. This exhibit, on display since the summer of 2013, highlights the Civil War experiences of fourteen Soldiers and thirty other military and civilian people through their original artifacts, documents, and images. It will be open during USAHEC’s regular hours through 5:00pm on Sunday, August 9, before closing to the public on Monday, August 10. Beginning next week, USAHEC staff will be hard at work removing the artifacts and displays from the “A Great Civil War,” before cleaning and repairing the space in preparation for the next exhibit.
Over the next three months, USAHEC staff will produce and install, “Courage, Commitment, and Fear: The American Soldier in the Vietnam War,” which highlights the experience of Soldiers who served during the Vietnam War. Each Soldier’s story is unique, and the exhibit will showcase different areas of the country, with corresponding Soldiers’ stories to illustrate the experiences of the men and women who served throughout Vietnam. In-country experiences in combat and medical evacuation operations will be featured, in addition to sections relating to the experience of POWs and veterans upon returning home. “Courage, Commitment, and Fear” is slated to open in November 2015, just prior to Veterans Day.
Stop in this week or over the weekend to view, “A Great Civil War: Battles That Defined a Nation, 1863,” one last time before it closes! For questions about hours of operation or visiting the USAHEC, please take a look at the website: www.usahec.org or call: 717-245-3972.
August 3, 2015
3rd Annual Mysteries in Military History Day Returns to the USAHEC
Do you have a military uniform, old Soldier letters or a Civil War sword just hanging around the house and you don't really know what it is or how to take care of it? The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) to the rescue! The USAHEC staff is excited to host the third annual Mysteries in Military History Day! Over the past two years, the event helped dozens of visitors identify a variety of military items including a family member's uniforms from the Spanish-American War, preserve precious family heirlooms, and jump start visitors into researching their family history. Staff members are eager to continue the tradition of assisting visitors to understand the historical mysteries in their lives. The USAHEC invites you to bring in your mysterious and family items pertaining to Army history, on Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Let the professionals help you begin your research! Upon entering the event, visitors will receive help from the USAHEC experts positioned at different stations including: identification of unknown items, preservation of personal historic artifacts (such as photographs, manuscripts, books, uniforms, weapons, etc.), family genealogy highlighting military service, the conservation of objects, and research tips. Staff will also be onsite to help those interested in donating items. It is important to note that USAHEC staff are prohibited from placing a value on items and therefore, will not conduct appraisals.
Please note that firearms are welcome, but they must be unloaded and will be checked and marked by safety personnel prior to entering the building. Those planning on attending the event with any weapon must call prior to arrival to arrange a safety check. They will need to provide their name, contact information, time of arrival, and information about the weapon they plan to bring. Explosive devices, ammunition, munitions, and containers for munitions will not be allowed at the event. If you are unsure whether an item is safe to bring, please call: 717-245-4427. Mysteries in Military History is open to the public and free to attend. The event will run from 10:30AM to 2:30 PM in the USAHEC Multipurpose Rooms. Parking is free, and both Cafe Cumberland and the Museum Store will be open. For further information, please visit the website: www.usahec.org or call: 717-245-4427.
July 16, 2015
Trailer for "Our Journey Through War" Film, Featured in USAHEC's Vietnam Exhibit, Opening November 2015
This trailer is for the short film, "Our Journey Through War," which will be a component of the USAHEC's new exhibit focused on the Vietnam War. Entitled, "Courage, Commitment, and Fear: The American Soldier in the Vietnam War," this new exhibit will open in November 2015, and highlight the different experiences of Soldiers who served in various regions of Vietnam throughout the war. This video will play in a section of the exhibit called, "Welcome Home," and features interviews with Vietnam Veterans, sharing memories and emotional stories from their time in service. Be sure to plan a visit to the USAHEC in November 2015 to see the full length film, as well the rest of the exhibit!
June 16, 2015
USAHEC Ridgway Hall Reading Room Hours Change on Thursday, June 25, 2015
Due to an internal meeting, the USAHEC Ridgway Hall Reading Room will delay its opening by 30 minutes on Thursday, June 25, 2015. The Reading Room will open for research at 10:30am. For specific questions about research on the morning of June 25th, please call: 717-245-3949.
June 10, 2015
Article Published in Encyclopedia of American Studies by USAHEC Staff Member
Terry Foster, a member of the USAHEC Library Division, had an article entitled, "Korean War" published in the Encyclopedia of American Studies (Johns Hopkins University Press). Mr. Foster used resources available in the Ridgway Hall Library at the USAHEC in his background research. Take a moment to check out this quick synopsis of the Korean War!
March 27, 2015
"Vivandieres 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 (http://cdm16635.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p16635coll16/id/1544).
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: www.carlisle.army.mil/ah.../exhibits/CivilWarImagery/index.cfm) 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. (www.youtube.com/theusahec).
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 (www.army.mil/women/) 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 (http://cdm16635.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16635coll12).
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 Cafe 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 (www.spiritofamerica.mdw.army.mil). 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 (http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec/ahm/veterans.cfm).
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.usahec.org.
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: http://cdm16635.contentdm.oclc.org/.
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: www.USAHEC.org 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: email@example.com 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.