The USAHEC News

 
August 2, 2017

Perspectives in Military History Roundatable, "Taming the Desert with Technology: The Mexican Expedition and the U.S. Army," with Dr. Julie Prieto on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 2:00 PM

As the German Army continued its advance against the French bastion of Verdun in the early months of 1916, the American border town of Columbus, New Mexico, was ablaze. The flames that consumed the town were the result of a raid conducted by Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa in the early morning of March 9, 1916. Villa's raiders secured horses, as well as armaments and ammunition, and killed 24 Americans, before fleeing back across the border. In response to this latest in a string of spillovers from the Mexican Revolution, President Woodrow Wilson sent General "Black Jack" Pershing, with nearly 10,000 men, to pursue Villa into Mexico and attempt to capture him. Over the next year, the Mexican Expedition was plagued by supply problems and the inability of mounted cavalry to find Villa. Pershing turned to the use of airplanes and trucks to master this difficult landscape; Pershing never captured Villa, but northern Mexico proved to be an important testing ground for new technologies that would be crucial to the Army on the battlefields of France a few months later. On Saturday, August 19, 2017, at 2:00 PM, Dr. Julie Irene Prieto will lead a roundtable lecture at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The lecture will focus on the impact of changes the Army made during the Mexican Expedition, and how those changes affected the American actions in World War I. Dr. Prieto will be joined by two scholars, who will discuss the finer points of the Expedition and the technological advances of the late 1910’s.

Dr. Julie Irene Prieto earned undergraduate degrees in History and Sociology from UCLA (2004), her doctorate from Stanford (2013), and is currently a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Army Center of Military History. She authored the book The Mexican Expedition, 1916-1917 (2016), part of a commemorative series being published by the U.S. Army Center of Military History for the centennial of American involvement in the Mexican Expedition and the First World War. She also authored the article, “The Sword and the Book: The Benjamin Franklin Library and U.S.-Mexican Relations, 1936-1962,” (2013), and is currently writing a book entitled, Making Better Neighbors: United States Public Diplomacy in Mexico, 1920-1953.

For more information and any last-minute changes in meeting times/places, please check the USAHEC website: www.USAHEC.org or call the Information Desk: (717) 245-3972.

 
 
 
July 10, 2017

"The Earth is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West," with Peter Cozzens on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 7:15PM

No epoch in American history is more deeply shrouded in myth than the Indian Wars of the American West. According to author Peter Cozzens, the past 125 years of American popular history, academic scholarship, film, and fiction have depicted the era as a struggle between absolute good and evil, changing the roles of heroes and villains to accommodate the shifting national consciousness. On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, Cozzens will present a lecture at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to illuminate the wars and the U.S. Army's role in the destruction of one culture enabling another to flourish.

As the great Civil War ended, the expanding United States relied on the Army to both spearhead westward expansion and protect the industry and culture frontiersmen brought with them. The push west sparked a three-decade war with the Native Americans, who sought to defend their traditions, their lands, and their lives. In his talk, which will be enhanced with a vividly illustrated PowerPoint, Cozzens will examine and debunk the most pervasive and pernicious of the myths surrounding the Indian Wars. He also will address the nature and limitations of the U.S. Army during the era of the Indian Wars, a period he believes represents the nadir of the American military establishment.

Peter Cozzens has written or edited seventeen books about the American West and the American Civil War. His writings include This Terrible Sound: The Battle of Chickamauga and The Shipwreck of Their Hopes: The Battles for Chattanooga, among others. His most recent book, The Earth is Weeping: The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West, published in 2016, was chosen by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the top ten history books of 2016, and received the 2017 Gilder Lehrman Prize in Military History. Aside from writing, Cozzens has also served as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, and is a recipient of the American Foreign Service Association’s highest award. Prior to his work with the Department of State, Cozzens served as an Army officer for four years.

 
 
 
July 7, 2017

"Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor," with Mr. James Scott on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 7:15PM

The shocking Japanese attack on U.S. forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii resulted in the devastating loss of more than two thousand Soldiers and citizens. Even as Americans reeled from the blow, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his military advisors were already planning a retaliatory counter-attack on Japan. On Thursday, August 3, 2017, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, will host author James M. Scott for a lecture using themes from his latest publication, Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor. Scott will shed new light on the details of Roosevelt's counterattack and the brave airmen who risked everything to give their country hope in the coming world war.

The American counterattack on Tokyo, known commonly as the "Doolittle Raid," provided a desperately needed morale boost to Americans still reeling from the disastrous attack on Pearl Harbor. The mission, commanded by pilot Jimmy Doolittle, occurred only four months after the attacks on Pearl Harbor, offering the American people a sense of immediate justice. In his lecture, Scott will discuss the triumphs of the Doolittle Raid and the consequent hope the mission provided to the badly shaken American population. He will also examine the effect the tactically ineffective raid had on the confidence the Japanese people held in their leadership’s ability to stop the eventual American onslaught. Finally, Scott will bring to the fore the Soldiers responsible for carrying out the near-suicidal mission to strike fear in Japanese hearts.

James M. Scott is the acclaimed author of three books on American naval history, including The War Below: The Story of Three Submarines That Battled Japan and The Attack on the Liberty: The Untold Story of Israel’s Deadly Assault on a U.S. Spy Ship. His most recent work, Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor, was named one of the best books of the year by Kirkus, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Throughout his career, Scott has been awarded with multiple honors - he is the recipient of the McClatchy Company President’s Award, and was named the 2003 Journalist of the Year by the South Carolina Press Association, as well as the 2005 Young Alumnus of the Year by his alma mater, Wofford College. He is also a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Scott is currently writing a book on the Battle for Manila.

 
 
 
June 26, 2017

Genealogy Conference, "Cumberland Pathways," Scheduled for October 20 - 22, 2017

October 20-22, 2017, the Army Heritage Center Foundation, Dickinson College, The Cumberland County Historical Society, and The Historical Society of Pennsylvania will host a conference on family and regional genealogy entitled, "Cumberland Pathways." The featured speaker will be television personality and renowned genetic genealogist, CeCe Moore. For more information on the conference and registration, please visit the conference website: www.cumberlandpathways.org.

 
 
 
June 12, 2017

New World War I Art Exhibit, "'An American In Paris:' War, Soldier Morale, and the YMCA" is Now on Display at the USAHEC

Milton Herbert Bancroft, born on January 1, 1866 in Newton, Massachusetts, was an accomplished American artist and illustrator, receiving his formal education from the Massachusetts Normal Art School in Boston, and then later, traveling abroad to complete his training at the renowned Académie Julian in Paris.

He was recruited by the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) to serve as one of the chiefs of decoration, who oversaw the design of Soldier relief "huts" for both French and American Soldiers during WWI. Bancroft also designed posters promoting the YMCA’s support of American troops in France. After the Armistice, he traveled through the town and battlefields, documenting the aftermath of war in his sketches and watercolors.

The artwork of Milton Herbert Bancroft is now on display at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, PA until May 2018.

For facility hours, please visit www.usahec.org.

 
 
 
June 8, 2017

GEN (RET) Gordon Sullivan to speak at Army Birthday Celebration June 14, 2017 at 1:30PM

Former Chief of Staff of the Army, GEN Gordon Sullivan, to speak at celebration of U.S. Army Birthday and 50th Anniversary of the Military History Institute A unified "Continental Army" came into existence on June 14, 1775. The Continental Congress passed a resolution creating a standing army to fight the American Revolution, and the United States Army traces its roots to that first group of Soldiers struggling to create a new nation. Please join the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 1:30PM, as we celebrate the birthday of the U.S. Army and the 50th anniversary of the Military History Institute (MHI), with special guest lecturer, General (Retired) Gordon Sullivan.

General Sullivan's military service culminated in his assignment as the 32nd Chief of Staff of the Army, the Army’s senior general officer. He will give a presentation about the history of the U.S. Army, drawing on the experience he had in more than thirty-six years on activity duty. His remarks will also highlight the anniversary of the Military History Institute, the predecessor, and now component, of the USAHEC. MHI has been an integral part of the U.S. Army War College (USAWC) for fifty years, and continues to make significant contributions to the USAWC and the U.S. Army. General Sullivan’s lecture about both of these fascinating topics ensures this is an Army birthday celebration you don’t want to miss.

This event will also be rich in Army tradition, as the 1775 Congressional Resolution will be read aloud, General Sullivan and Carlisle Barracks dignitaries will cut the birthday cake (with a sword, of course) and guests will sing the Army Song. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit: www.usahec.org or call: 717-245-3972.

 
 
 
June 1, 2017

Perspectives in Military History Roundtable is "The History of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1863-2016," with Dr. Jennifer Murray on June 17, 2017 at 2:00PM

As the blood dried on the fields around the crossroads town of Gettysburg in early July 1863, the American people did not fully realize the impact of the Civil War's largest battle on the future of the American consciousness. Those 72 hours may be the most well-known in Civil War history, but the following century and a half has seen the battleground itself shift in shape, function, and interpretation at the hands of scholars, government officials, and the U.S. Army. The "hallowed ground" remains the most tangible reminder of the sacrifices made by the Civil War generation. On Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 2:00 PM, Dr. Jennifer Murray will lead a roundtable lecture at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The lecture will shift focus away from the battle itself, and toward the controversial, and often divisive, history and preservation of the fields and ridges those Soldiers died upon. Murray, in discussion with panelists Dr. Jared Peatman and Park Ranger John Heiser, will explore the initial commemorative efforts of the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association, and how the following decades of social, political, and academic trends have impacted the battlefield and shaped the way that the story of the Battle of Gettysburg is told.

Dr. Jennifer Murray is currently an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Virginia - Wise. She authored the book On a Great Battlefield: The Making, Management, and Memory of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1933-2013 (2014), winner of the 2014 Bachelder-Coddington Award and named one of the best Civil War books of 2014 by the Civil War Monitor. She also authored The Civil War Begins (2012), and is currently writing a biography of Major General George Meade entitled Meade at War. Additionally, Dr. Murray worked nine summers as a park ranger at Gettysburg. The second panelist, Dr. Jared Peatman, received his Ph.D. at Texas A&M and went on to found Four Score Consulting, LLC and publish several books on the topic of Gettysburg, including most famously The Long Shadow of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address; and currently serves as the Director of Curriculum for the Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg. The final panelist, John Heiser, began work as a park ranger in Gettysburg in 1980 and has since served in many departments at Gettysburg including Historian’s Office and Library. He is also well known for the maps of Gettysburg, which he researches and produces for various historical books.

 
 
 
May 18, 2017

Schedule for Army Heritage Days, May 20 and 21, 2017 9AM-5PM Each Day

Army Heritage Days 2017, is finally here! Visitors attending the event and history enthusiasts alike have heard all about the tanks and armored vehicles set to roll throughout the weekend. However, there are plenty of other activities happening May 20 and 21, from 9am to 5pm that cannot be left in the dust. (Full schedule in the link below.)

The primary combat Soldier for any Army in the world was and is the infantry Soldier. For the United States Army the development of the Infantry Soldier we see in action today protecting our shores came out of nearly 400 years of development. "Weapons of the Soldier through the Ages" will illustrate the progression of the U.S. Army Infantry Soldier and his equipment from the 17th century through the Cold War era. This particular program will include blank firing demonstrations using 17th century, Revolutionary War, Civil War, Spanish-American War, WWII, and Vietnam era weapons. There will also be a demonstration of tactics from French and Indian War, the War of 1812, WWI, the Korean War, and the Cold War. Stitched together, this program will show a comparison of weapons and tactics throughout U.S. History.

Have children? There are plenty activities for children, young and old, as they are free to interact with living historians throughout the grounds and even try on some of the Soldier's gear! The kids’ passport program allows little (and big) ones to explore our 1 mile Army Heritage Trail searching for the re-enactors to stamp their passport books. Once they collect all 6 stamps, children can turn in their books for a prize! Children can also stop by our 18th century children’s games section to play with period toys and learn games from yesteryear.

The event is free, but be sure to bring money to grab lunch at our many food vendors that will be on site. A full schedule is attached, but also located at www.usahec.org. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, @USAHEC, leading up to and during the event so you don’t miss any of the action! If you have any questions please contact 717-245-3972 or visit our website.

 
 
 
May 15, 2017

"Elvis's Army: Cold War GIS and the Atomic Battlefield," with Profressor Brian McAllister Linn on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 7:15PM

By the late 1950s, the Cold War threatened every American with world-ending thermonuclear annihilation. To help stem the bone-chilling fear gripping the country in the wake of fears over Soviet aggression, the U.S. Army pushed a radically new method of warfare into the public consciousness. The Army claimed it could, and would, limit the atomic warfare to the battlefield by revolutionizing its equipment, organization, and training practices. The Army showed the world their new face, placing large parts of the Army in buffer zones like Germany and Korea, testing portable nuclear weapons, and recruiting young, motivated, professional Soldiers. The Army accented its effort by recruiting none other than Elvis Presley, demonstrating that even this icon of youth culture was not too cool to wear the Army's uniform. On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center will present a lecture from Dr. Brian M. Linn to tell the story of Elvis and the Cold War’s Soldiers.

To reinforce the changes the Army was making to how it presented its reaction to the nuclear threat, they drafted Elvis Presley in 1958. Elvis quickly became a model Soldier in an army facing the unprecedented challenge of building a fighting force for the Atomic Age. The Army of the 1950s was America’s most racially and economically egalitarian institution, providing millions with education and opportunity. With the cooperation of both the Army and the media, military service became part of this generation’s identity, a common theme in television, music, and movies. Dr. Linn traces the origins, evolution, and ultimate failure of the Army’s attempt to transform itself for atomic warfare, revealing its vital role in the making of Cold War America.

Brian McAllister Linn is the Ralph R. Thomas Professor in Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University. He is the author of five books on American military history, including Guardians of Empire: The U.S. Army and the Pacific, 1902-1940 (1997). The Philippine War, 1899-1902 (2000), The Echo of Battle: The Army’s Way of War (2007), and Elvis’s Army: GIs and the Atomic Battlefield (2016). He has published widely and given numerous international lectures on the American Way of War, counterinsurgency, and the U.S. Army. He has been awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the University of Birmingham, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a Woodrow Wilson International Center Fellowship, and the Bosch Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin. In 1999-2000, he was the Harold K. Johnson Visiting Professor at the U.S. Army War College.

 
 
 
May 8, 2017

Tanks and Armored Vehicles take on our Tank Course at Army Heritage Days, May 20 and 21, 2017!

Though they wouldn't be used in combat until almost a year later by U.S. forces, tanks first appeared as part of the U.S. Army when George S. Patton became the first Soldier assigned to the newly established Tank Corps in November 1917. Ten months later, on September 12, 1918, LTC Patton led the recently formed 1st Tank Brigade, consisting of 144 Renault tanks, into battle for the first time. From their humble beginnings in World War I, armored forces would become an integral part of the U.S. Army during World War II, after the Armored Force was created in 1940. During the second half of the twentieth century, the Armored Forces continued to evolve as they played vital roles in Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, and Desert Storm. Today, the legacy of the armored forces continues. The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) is bringing these tanks and armored vehicles to Army Heritage Days, May 20th and 21st, 2017. For years, visitors have been requesting the addition of tank maneuvers and demonstrations on our mile long Army Heritage Trail, and finally, the USAHEC is making all their dreams come true!

A M4A3 Sherman Tank, an M18 Hellcat, a Vietnam-era M114, M901a1 ITV, and M109 Paladin are just a small sample of the vehicles that will be on display during the event. Some of them will even be taking their chances on our brand new tank course! Visitors can watch from the grandstand as the tanks and vehicles attack our custom-built course, which will challenge the most skillful crew members as they maneuver on a rock ridge and test their grit as they pass through a mud pit, all while dodging obstacles along the way.

Also, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the use of Armor by U.S. forces, Dr. Robert Cameron, U.S. Army Armored Historian, will present "Treat 'Em Rough! The U.S. Army Armor Branch Since the Great War." Dr. Cameron will explain how tanks were a new idea during World War I and how the U.S. Army relied heavily on foreign tanks and equipment in the early years of the Tank Corps. His talk will then move to the development of tanks through history and tank technology, culminating with the M1A2, the heart of our Armored Corps today.

Army Heritage Days will be held May 20th and 21st, 2017 from 9AM to 5PM. Admission and parking are free and open to the public. The schedule, with specific event times, is located on our website and includes living history demonstrations about the French and Indian War to Vietnam and even some Current Operations. For more information and updates visit www.usahec.org, call 717-245-3972, or follow us on social media through #CountdowntoAHD.

 
 
 
April 25, 2017

PA WWI Centennial Committee host Free WWI History Symposium, Saturday May 13, 2017

On Saturday, May 13, 2017, the Pennsylvania World War One Centennial Committee will host a World War 1 History Symposium at the USAHEC beginning at 10:30AM. Observing the 100th Anniversary of the First World War (1914-1918), four presentations will examine a world calamity that fundamentally changed America. Join us for an engaging full-day program on the history of the First World War.

The event is free, but you MUST pre-register. Please see attached PDF for full agenda, times, and details on how to register.

For information on the symposium, contact Barry Johnson, Pennsylvania World War One Centennial Committee volunteer at Pennsylvania@WorldWar1Centennial.org ; 215-542-9359.

 
 
 
April 24, 2017

Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Lecture, "MacArthur at War: WWII in the Pacific," with Mr. Walter Borneman on Thurs. May 4, 2017 at 7:15PM

With breakers smashing into the darkened hulk of Corregidor Island behind them, the passengers and crew of Motor Torpedo Boat PT-41 strained their eyes, simultaneously looking for the Japanese Navy and holding down the onset of sea-sickness. For one man on the boat, the "retching" feeling was not necessarily caused by the choppy seas. In General Douglas MacArthur's case, the tight knot in his stomach was due to the men and women he was leaving behind in the Philippine Islands on that cold night in March 1942. General of the Army MacArthur was one of World War II’s most controversial figures; by the end of the war, he was a leader of both stunning triumphs and terrible defeats. Only days after his harrowing escape from the Japanese on PT-41, he announced to a crowd in Australia, “I came through, and I shall return!” On Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 7:15 PM, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) will host Mr. Walter Borneman to present his lecture entitled, “Macarthur at War: World War II in the Pacific.” Borneman will discuss the war from a MacArthur-centric point of view, paying particular attention to the myths and realities surrounding his method of command.

Prior to the raid on Pearl Harbor, the career of Douglas MacArthur was unknown to most. By the end of 1942, however, General MacArthur was a national hero. In his lecture, Mr. Borneman will discuss MacArthur’s relationships with the President and other senior commanders, his work on developing combined operations, and the men he chose for his staff. MacArthur, and the war he fought, will be brought to life, illustrating why Douglas MacArthur remains one of the most intriguing military leaders of the twentieth century.

Mr. Walter Borneman is a prolific author with undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from Western State College of Colorado (1974, 1975), and a law degree from the University of Denver (1981). Mr. Borneman has won acclaim for many of his books, including Alaska: Saga of a Bold Land (HarperCollins, 2003); 1812: The War That Forged a Nation (HarperCollins, 2004); The French and Indian War: Deciding the Fate of North America (HarperCollins, 2006); Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America (Random House, 2008); and the national bestseller, The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King (Little, Brown, 2012).

 
 
 
April 21, 2017

Experience Tanks and Armored Vehicles during Army Heritage Days, May 20 & 21, 2017

Have you ever been close enough to a tank to feel the ground rumble beneath your feet? Or watch as it crashes through what looks to be an impenetrable terrain, taking out anything in its path? The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, PA is making your dreams come true, May 20 and 21, 2017. This year's Army Heritage Days will highlight the 100th Anniversary of the Armored Corps by filling the Army Heritage Trail with armored vehicles, past and present.

From a WWI Armored Car to an M1 tank of today’s Army, each armored vehicle will be manned by living historians who will bring to life the stories of the Soldiers who once made these armored vehicles their home. In addition to the static displays, the USAHEC is creating its own tank course for these historic vehicles to run on.

Army Heritage Days is a timeline living history event about U.S. Army history and the American Soldier. The event will take place on the Army Heritage Trail and USAHEC and will run both days from 9AM to 5PM. As always, the weekend-long event will feature lectures by well-known historians or Army leaders, military equipment displays, tactics and weapons demonstrations, and a meet and greet session with U.S. Army veterans. This family-friendly event will also have many children’s activities including a passport program, which allows children to travel back through time and claim a prize. You won’t even have to be worried about paying for entry, as the entire experience is free for all visitors!

As the event draws near, updates and additions will be announced via social media and our website. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter via #CountdowntoAHD to stay in the loop. For more information regarding the USAHEC, the 2017 Army Heritage Days, or to follow as the schedule is released, please visit our website at www.usahec.org or call 717-245-3972.

 
 
 
April 7, 2017
"Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession," with Dr. Wong and Dr. Gerras on April 19. 2017 for the next Perspectives in Military History Lecture

Every day, no matter the environment or specific duties, U.S. Army officers are bombarded with overwhelming demands for their units to accomplish tasks, and sometimes tasks are far beyond their capacity. According to a study from the U.S. Army War College's (USAWC) Strategic Studies Institute (SSI), many Army officers allow their own honor and integrity to slip in the face of long-term exposure to overwhelming demands. On April 19, 2017, the authors of the study, Dr. Leonard Wong and Dr. Stephen Gerras, will make the case that a U.S. Army Officer’s signature and word have, in many cases, lost the luster of true honor and integrity. Their lecture begins at 7:15 PM at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center and will outline the issue of untruthfulness among officers, and discuss the steps the Army should take to affect the culture.

In February 2015, Drs. Wong and Gerras published an extensive study outlining the deception occurring at all levels of the Army’s leadership in response to the pressure officers are placed under to report success in their unit, even when success does not necessarily exist. In response to their study, the authors offer solutions to change the culture in the Army and the military as a whole. In this lecture, the authors will outline the issue, offer solutions, and review the impact their 2015 study had on the U.S. Army in the two years since publication.

Dr. Leonard Wong is a research professor for SSI at the USAWC, focusing on the human and organizational dimen¬sions of the military. He is a retired Army officer, whose career includes teaching leadership at West Point and serving as an analyst for the Chief of Staff of the Army. Dr. Wong’s work has been highlighted in multiple news media outlets, and he holds a B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Texas Tech University.

Dr. Stephen Gerras is a Professor of Behavioral Sci¬ences in the Department of Command, Leadership, and Management at the USAWC. His 25 year Army career included com¬manding a light infantry company and a transporta¬tion battalion, teaching leadership at West Point, and serving as the Chief of Operations and Agreements for the Office of Defense Cooperation in Ankara, Tur¬key. He holds a B.S. from USMA, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in indus¬trial and organizational psychology from Penn State University.

 
 
 
March 29, 2017

Tanks are rolling into Army Heritage Days, May 20 & 21, 2017

Visit the USAHEC and Experience Tanks and Armored Vehicles during Army Heritage Days!

Have you ever been close enough to a tank to feel the ground rumble beneath your feet? Or watch as it crashes through what looks to be an impenetrable terrain, taking out anything in its path? The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, PA is making your dreams come true, May 20 and 21, 2017. This year's Army Heritage Days will highlight the 100th Anniversary of the Armored Corps by filling the Army Heritage Trail with armored vehicles, past and present.

From a WWI Armored Car to an M1 tank of today's Army, each armored vehicle will be manned by living historians who will bring to life the stories of the Soldiers who once made these armored vehicles their home. In addition to the static displays, the USAHEC is creating its own tank course for these historic vehicles to run on.

Army Heritage Days is a timeline living history event about U.S. Army history and the American Soldier. The event will take place on the Army Heritage Trail and USAHEC and will run both days from 9AM to 5PM. As always, the weekend-long event will feature lectures by well-known historians or Army leaders, military equipment displays, tactics and weapons demonstrations, and a meet and greet session with U.S. Army veterans. This family-friendly event will also have many children’s activities including a passport program, which allows children to travel back through time and claim a prize. You won’t even have to be worried about paying for entry, as the entire experience is free for all visitors!

As the event draws near, updates and additions will be announced via social media and our website. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter via #CountdowntoAHD to stay in the loop. For more information regarding the USAHEC, the 2017 Army Heritage Days, or to follow as the schedule is released, please visit our website at www.usahec.org or call 717-245-3972.

 
 
 
March 21, 2017

Join us on April 6, 2017 at 3:00PM for "Goodbye Broadway, Hello France: America in the Era of World War I" Exhibit Opening

In April 1917, the United States officially entered World War I, a conflict once known as "the war to end all wars." Unlike anything before it, World War I fundamentally changed the way in which war was fought, and evolved the concept of diplomatic relations into what it is today. One hundred years later, the effects of World War I are more apparent than ever. On Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 3:00 p.m., the United States Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) will unveil the final installment of its World War I commemorative exhibit, "Good-Bye Broadway, Hello France: America in the Era of World War I." The USAHEC's exhibit opening will occur in conjunction with the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission's ceremony, happening the same day, and honoring the legacy of World War I, and the United States of America’s pivotal role. The Centennial Commission’s event will be held at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO.

The first section of the exhibit, currently on display in the USAHEC’s Ridgway Hall, provides an overview of the war. The second section will highlight the numerous battles that occurred in World War I, and the stories of the Soldiers who fought in them. Artifacts, photographs, and archival materials will help tell these stories, and create in an in-depth and engaging battlefield landscape. During the exhibit opening, World War I reenactors will be onsite to further immerse visitors into the lives of these Soldiers, and to answer questions about this critical period of American history. The exhibit will also examine how the birth of new technologies, such as machine guns, tanks, poison gas, artillery, and aircraft, were integral in both influencing the outcome of the war, and increasing the utter devastation it caused.

The second phase of “Goodbye Broadway, Hello France” will open at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017, and is free and open to the public. After experiencing both parts of the exhibit, feel free to visit the many other exhibits featured at the USAHEC, including “The Soldier Experience” and “Treasures of the USAHEC.” Visitors can also grab lunch at the Café Cumberland from 10:00am to 2:00pm, or browse the book selection found at the Museum Store. Parking is free, and the USAHEC facility is handicapped accessible. For more information about “Good-Bye Broadway, Hello France” or any of the other exhibits, please visit our website: www.USAHEC.org.

 
 
 
March 6, 2017

Women's History Month Event: Historical Interpreter Pat Jordan portrays the "Angel of the Battlefield," Clara Barton on March 20, 2017 at 1:00PM

Born in New Oxford, MA on Christmas Day 1821, Clara Barton was a bright, sensitive girl fascinated by her father's stories of his military experiences with "Mad" Anthony Wayne on the Pennsylvania/Ohio frontier. Later, when Fort Sumter was attacked and President Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers to defend the Union in the Civil War, Clara headed for the front lines, taking supplies and nursing wounded soldiers, earning the title “Angel of the Battlefield.” After the war, she helped to locate thousands of missing soldiers for their families and shared her war experiences in lecture halls across the country. She supported the Geneva Treaty which established the standards of international law for humanitarian treatment in war. After her service during the Civil War, Clara founded the American Red Cross, saving thousands of lives in disaster relief here and abroad.

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center is pleased to announce a Women’s History Month commemoration event, featuring historian and actress Pat Jordan, as she presents a living history portrayal of Clara Barton. The free event begins at 1:00 pm on Monday, March 20, 2017 and is open to the public. Ms. Jordan is a professional actor, playwright, and director, whose passion for history led her to bring the stories of famous American women to appreciative audiences throughout the country. She has performed at venues, including the 42nd Street and Clurman Theatres in New York, Philadelphia’s Academy of Music, and in historical films such as Eyewitness to History, and History of the American Flag. She is a graduate of Villanova University and has studied at the HB Studio in NY and accredited venues such as Juilliard’s Opera Workshop with Vincent LaSelva, and Rutgers-Camden Summer Theatre Production Program.

Come celebrate Women’s History Month at the USAHEC to learn more about the life and impact of Clara Barton! As always, the USAHEC’s exhibits, to include the “Treasures of the USAHEC,” “Goodbye Broadway, Hello France,” and the Soldier Experience Gallery, will be open. Stop by before the event for lunch at Café Cumberland which is open 10:00am to 2:00pm, and feel free to browse the Museum Store. Parking is free and the USAHEC facility is handicapped accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please call: 717-245-3972 or visit the website: www.USAHEC.org.

 
 
 
March 2, 2017

Military History Through Paper Modeling, April 1, 2017 10:30AM - 4:00PM

Craft your own military vehicles and equipment at the USAHEC's Military History through Paper Modeling Event!

Whether it's a miniature of a favorite classic tank like the FT-17, or a model of a P-51 Mustang airplane, an aircraft carrier like the U.S.S. Nimitz, or even the Civil War-era submarine, the Hunley, models have long captured the interests of children and adults alike. Paper modeling, in particular, provides almost anyone with an introduction and access to an exciting world of miniatures. An intricate and meticulous pastime, paper model building has become a popular art that includes almost any subject, especially military vehicles and crafts. What better way to learn more about paper modeling and military history, than at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center’s (USAHEC), Military History through Paper Modeling Event on Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 10:30AM - 4:00PM? Come out to the USAHEC in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, to learn more about the amazingly detailed craft of military paper modeling, and maybe even create some of your own!

The Military History through Paper Modeling Event will feature lectures on the art of papercraft, dozens of paper modelers and displays of their art, and a hands-on "make and take" table for future paper modelers of all skill levels. An introductory lecture and demonstration will kick off the event, and the rest of the day will be open to guests to visit the various paper modeling tables. Military vehicles and crafts, such as Sherman Tanks, Huey helicopters, and M23 Tank Transporters or "Dragon Wagons" will be featured. Be sure to check out all of these amazing replicas, which are created using only printed paper and prodigious skill. Don’t forget to try your own hand at creating some of these masterpieces at the “make and take” table, where modelers of all genres will be handing out sample modeling patterns.

The last of the USAHEC”s Winter History Program Series, this event is not one to miss! After exploring the event, feel free to learn more about the lives and stories of Soldiers throughout U.S. history by visiting the many exhibits featured at the USAHEC. You can also grab lunch at Café Cumberland from 10:00am to 2:00pm, or browse the book selection found at the museum bookstore. Parking is free, and the USAHEC facility is handicap accessible. For more information about the “Military History Through Paper Modeling,” event and other events, please visit our website at www.USAHEC.org.

 
 
 
February 27, 2017

"Cassandra in Oz: Counterinsurgency and Future War," Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Conrad Crane, with Special Guest, GEN (RET) David Petraeus, on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 2:00PM

In the years following the tragedy of September 11, 2001, the United States military grasped at the best way to engage in two wars, while remaining the world's super power. Dr. Conrad Crane, only recently retired from active duty service in the U.S. Army, found himself a modern Cassandra, warning the military leadership about the preparation requirements for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps to conduct stability operations and counterinsurgency in Iraq. Dr. Crane’s continued push for proper planning in the eventual reconstruction of Iraq attracted the scrutiny of then-commanders General David H. Petraeus, U.S. Army (Retired) and General James Mattis, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired). On Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM, Dr. Crane and GEN Petreaus will discuss the development of the formal response to the unpreparedness of American Forces: Field Manual 3-24/Marine Corps Warfighting Publication 3-33.5 Counterinsurgency. The presentations will be complimented by questions and discussion from panelists Dr. Richard Lacquement, Colonel John Martin, U.S. Army (Retired), and Colonel Robert Balcavage, all of whom either served under GEN Petreaus and were implementers, or worked with Dr. Crane in development of the Counterinsurgency (COIN) manual. They will discuss the implementation of the COIN doctrine, details about what went right and wrong in Iraq, and the lessons learned from over a decade of war.

Dr. Conrad Crane is the Chief, Historical Services Division, at the USAHEC, following ten years as the Director of the U.S. Army Military History Institute. Dr. Crane previously served with the U.S. Army War College’s (USAWC) Strategic Studies Institute after a 26 year career as an officer in the U.S. Army, including ten years as a Professor of History at the United States Military Academy. GEN David Petraeus is a Partner at KKR, and Chairman of the KKR Global Institute. He is the former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and served as the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011. He also commanded the U.S. Central Command from 2008 to 2011, and served as the Commanding General for the Multi-National Force-Iraq from 2007 to 2008. Dr. Richard A. Lacquement, Jr. is the Dean of the School of Strategic Landpower at the USAWC. He served for more than 29 years in the U.S. Army, to include assignments with ISAF in Afghanistan, as Chief of Plans for U.S. Forces Korea, and in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy. COL John R. Martin served at the USAWC Strategic Studies Institute, after he retired from active service in the U.S. Army in 2004. He has extensive experience in the Republic of Korea and at the Pentagon on the Army Staff, and was deployed over his career to Kosovo and Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. COL Robert Balcavage serves as the USAWC Chief of Staff. He commanded the 1/501st Infantry Regiment (ABN) during the surge in Iraq, and served combat tours in Operations Desert Storm/Desert Shield, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom.

 
 
 
February 23, 2017

Military Medicine: Beyond the Battlefield Documentary Screening and Expert Panel Discussion March 16, 2017 at 7:15PM

In coordination with the Dunham Army Health Clinic at Carlisle Barracks and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, the Army Heritage Center Foundation presents Military Medicine: Beyond the Battlefield, a one-hour documentary that tells the stories of the men and women who are at the forefront of the medical frontier winning victories for military personnel and civilians. The documentary focuses on the doctors and surgeons treating survivors returning home to resume their lives and recover from sometimes critical injuries.

Following the documentary, a panel of individuals who represent organizations leading these medical victories will discuss aspects of the documentary. Panelists include:

• LTG (R) Eric Schoomaker, 42nd Surgeon General of the United States Army and Professor and Vice-Chair for Leadership, Centers & Programs, Department of Military & Emergency Medicine, USUHS, Bethesda, MD.

•COL (R) Paul Pasquina, Chief, Department of Rehabilitation, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Professor and Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine - USUHS, Bethesda, MD; Documentary participant.

•Dr. Fabrisia Ambrosio, Director of Rehabilitation for UPMC International and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh.

•Dr. Rory Cooper, Civilian Aid to the Secretary of the Army, Western PA and Director, Human Engineering Research Laboratories, University of Pittsburgh; Documentary participant

More than 5,300 U.S. service members were killed in action during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts between 2001 and 2014. But of the thousands of wounded who survive and were in combat hospitals, many returned to the United States severely wounded physically and emotionally. Military Medicine reveals the lifesaving measures implemented as a result of these wars - including faster medical evacuations, the creation of critical care air transport teams that converted military transport aircraft into flying intensive care units, and the increased use of tourniquets. Military doctors who have treated wounded troops abroad and at home explain how military medicine has changed over the past 15 years.

Using the best science and technology available, the physicians and scientists in military medicine work to improve the lives of America's wounded as well as their families. The documentary takes viewers inside laboratories, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers, where military medical advances and technology are making artificial arms with life-like responses, 3-D printing new organs, adding robotic arms to wheelchairs, and giving damaged legs new strength. Woven throughout the documentary are the personal accounts from active duty troops, veterans, civilians, and military families who share how medical advances are both saving and changing their lives.

In terms of numbers, the biggest medical challenge for the military is treating service members with brain injuries who are dealing with memory loss and other symptoms of a traumatic brain injury. Specialized clinics are also helping service members identify and heal from these invisible wounds.

The program also delves beyond the medical aspects of medicine and demonstrates that there is still much to be done beyond the battlefield.

 
 
 
February 22, 2017
Next Strategic Art Film, "The Big Short" open to the public on March 7, 2017 at 4:30PM

PLEASE NOTE: The film is open to the public, but is located on Carlisle Barracks. Please refer to the following link for details about gaining access to post: http://carlislebarracks.carlisle.army.mil/VisitorCenter/index.htm.

What if the most important assumptions in a global plan became invalid—overnight? In 2007, the world's investment system, anchored on Wall Street in New York City, crumbled into the worst recession in years. The flaw was rooted in the toxic, rotting foundation of 'sub-prime’ mortgages, which were faulty and ill-advised investments bundled together and sold to unsuspecting banks. The disaster further spiraled, as the large credit companies ignored the avalanche of possible catastrophe by refusing to de-value the loans—a willfully negligent act.

As millions watched their long-term investments and retirement plans become worthless, the U.S. government was forced to intervene and issued the largest bailout in history, the subject of the movie, Too Big to Fail. As a companion movie, The Big Short, holds the viewer spellbound at the arrogance of the investment industry, as told through the eyes of some of the most important figures who predicted the disaster. Planning, in all its forms, is based on proving your assumptions—and in 2007, the assumptions that underpinned the investment industry—which is the fuel for capital in the world—were discovered to be massively flawed.

Join the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 4:30PM for the next public viewing of the Strategic Art Film Program. The Big Short will be shown at Wil Washcoe Auditorium in Root Hall, located on Carlisle Barracks.

A short scene-setter presentation and discussion, moderated by COL Christopher Beckert, will precede the film and refreshments will be offered.

PLEASE NOTE: The film is open to the public, but is located on Carlisle Barracks. Please refer to the following link for details about gaining access to post: http://carlislebarracks.carlisle.army.mil/VisitorCenter/index.htm.

 
 
 
February 2, 2017

Perspectives in Military History Lecture, "Ike and Dutch: Mentor, Protege, and Common Sense," with Dr. Gene Kopelson on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 7:15PM

As Ronald Reagan traveled across the United States campaigning for the highest office in the land, the Governor of California possessed an ace in his hand unmatched by his opponents: the ear and advice of former president Dwight D. Eisenhower. Reagan was in constant contact with Ike, following his advice at every turn and going so far as to base his entire 1966 campaign on his mentor's own successful run years before. Eisenhower’s astute view of internal Washington politics, foreign affairs, military matters, and the swirling pool of primary rivals, provided his protégé the fuel he needed to learn, and eventually win, the war of words. In his latest book, Reagan’s 1968 Dress Rehearsal: Ike, RFK, and Reagan’s Emergence as a World Statesman, Dr. Gene Kopelson outlines the story of Reagan’s first presidential bid with an in-depth look behind the scenes. On Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Dr. Kopelson will give a lecture titled, "Ike and Dutch: Mentor, Protégé, and Common Sense," to delve deeper into the relationship between Reagan and his mentor and how it not only shaped Reagan’s future campaigns, but his presidency, as well.

In his lecture at the USAHEC, Dr. Kopelson will use never-before-tapped audio clips, interviews with the original 1968 campaign staff, Eisenhower’s personal diary, and material straight from personal correspondence to show how Eisenhower influenced Reagan’s politics and eventually, his far-reaching presidential policies. From Reagan’s hawkish views on Vietnam to his perspective on the Arab-Israeli situation, his groundbreaking steps with Gorbachev and the Soviets to nuclear defense, Eisenhower and Reagan had a close and personal relationship which changed America’s future.

Dr. Gene Kopelson is a cancer physician and former director of one of Yale University’s cancer centers. He is a prominent speaker on radiation oncology and an accomplished scholar and historian. Dr. Kopelson is the president of the New England Chapter of the Theodore Roosevelt Association and a holocaust educator. His book has received rave reviews from former Secretary of State George Shultz, former Attorney General Edwin Meese, numerous Reagan and Eisenhower historians, The Washington Times, The Weekly Standard, the New York Post, The Daily Caller, The Daily Wire, and Newsmax. Kopelson has spoken at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, the Stanford University Hoover Institution’s combined lecture with The Heritage Foundation, The Institute for World Politics, and the Discovery Institute.

 
 
 
January 19, 2017

"Speaking through Skulls: Objects of Death and Their Meanings in the Continental Army," with Dr. Wayne Lee on Thursday, February 2, 2017

In 1779, General George Washington ordered one of his primary subordinates, Major General John Sullivan, to take "the war home to the enemy and break their morale." Sullivan marched to destroy over 40 Iroquois towns allied with the British, including their stores, weapons, and fighting men. The American Continentals struggled through the dense woodland of central New York, fighting loyalists and Indian warriors at every turn, falling deep into a morass of savagery and a holocaust of burning villages. On Thursday, February 2, 2017, Dr. Wayne Lee of the University of North Carolina, will give a lecture entitled, “Speaking Through Skulls,” to explore how death-related objects reflect the way Europeans, Native Americans, and Colonists related to the violence around them throughout the American Revolution, including those involved in Sullivan's Campaign.

Dr. Lee discovered the topic of understanding reactions to death through studying artifacts while researching Continental Army Soldiers' reactions to a "Golgotha” - a field of skulls and bones – during their 1779 campaign against the Iroquois. When he set out to understand what such objects related to death might have meant to those Soldiers, he discovered a surprising variety of magical beliefs, spiritual connections, and even an ancient Latin curse skull. Although we all die, how we think about death and the afterlife has profound implications for the way we respond to violence and how we use violence ourselves. In his lecture, Dr. Lee will explore how those Soldiers responded to death with their own forms of violence, and also how objects related to death served as means of communication, motivation, and spiritual power in eighteenth-century North America.

Dr. Wayne Lee is the Dowd Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Carolina. He specializes in early modern military history and teaches military history from a full global perspective at the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition to his work in the classroom, he works with archaeology projects and recently published, Waging War: Conflict, Culture, and Innovation in World History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015), from a project in the mountains of northern Albania.

For updates and any last minute changes in meeting times/places, please check the USAHEC website: www.USAHEC.org or call the Information Desk: 717-245-3972.

 
 
 
January 13, 2017

EXPANDED 6th Annual Reenactor Recruitment Day at the USAHEC will Highlight U.S. Army History - Free and Open to the Public!

Reenactor Recruitment Day is back and better than ever at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC)! Come join the USAHEC in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to experience the excitement of living history during the EXPANDED 6th Annual Reenactor Recruitment Day on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM in the USAHEC Visitor and Education Center. This free event is open to the public and is an annual favorite at the USAHEC. This year, it has been expanded to include even more reenactors! The event will feature over fifty different living history organizations and over four hundred reenactors from all periods of U.S. Army and world military history. The 6th Annual Reenactor Recruitment Day is not only a great outing for kids and history aficionados alike, it also serves as an opportunity for reenactors to meet with members of other living history organizations, as well as discuss living history with professional historians.

The EXPANDED 6th Annual Reenactor Recruitment Day will feature hundreds of living historians representing militaries spanning from seventeenth century pikemen, to the troops fighting in Desert Storm. Each reenactor will be in period dress and will have a table display where they will be available to answer any questions, introduce their equipment and materials, discuss their upcoming activities, and highlight the importance of reenacting as a way to keep history alive. We will even have reenactors portraying adversary militaries!

The 6th Annual Reenactor Recruitment Day is free and open to the public, including children of all ages. The main exhibit gallery, "The Soldier Experience," the Museum Store, and the Café Cumberland will be open. Additionally, the Café Cumberland will feature tasty lunch specials for this event on their menu. For more information, including directions and the event flyer, please visit the USAHEC website: www.USAHEC.org. For questions, please call: 717-245-3972.

Are you a reenacting group who is interested in registering a display? There are still a few spots left, so register today by clicking "Reenactor Registration" on the USAHEC homepage and filling out the form.

 
 
 
January 4, 2017
2017 General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgway Military History Research Grants
The application period for the 2017 General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgway Military History Research Grants is now closed. Applicants will be notified by email upon receipt of their applications. If you have applied for a grant but have not yet received an email confirmation, please call 717-245-3803 no later than 6 JAN 2017. Application reviews will begin 16 JAN 2017, and successful applicants will be notified no later than 28 FEB 2017.
 
 
 
January 4, 2017

Perspectives in Military History Roundtable Lecture, "The Problem with Preemptive War: Soviet Mobilization Planning, 1938 - 1941," with Dr. Richard Harrison on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 7:15PM

In the spring of 1941, the Red Army high command sat poised to strike the German occupied Polish hinterland in a daring push to alter the course of the Second World War. Meanwhile, the German General Staff was likewise preparing for a blitzkrieg against the Russian western territories with the final prize of Moscow itself. The Russian commanders never carried out their plan to strike the Germans, however, and the German's treacherous onslaught sprang forth first, resulting in the devastation of much of western Russia and contributing to the final defeat of the Nazi regime. The plan to invade Poland, though never carried out, offers fascinating insight into Soviet military thinking at the highest levels in response to a rapidly changing political-military situation.

On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, Dr. Richard W. Harrison will give a lecture at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania based on his years of research on the Russian plan to invade Nazi-occupied Poland. He will break down the Russian plan and tie his conclusions to todays’ preemptive warfare theory. The lecture will open with a brief review of previous Soviet mobilization plans as they developed in 1938 and throughout World War II. The early plans were defensive in nature and tasked the Red Army, due to its slower pace of mobilization, to absorb the initial enemy attack, followed by a counterstroke to pulverize the Nazi menace. The idea of a massive counteroffensive gradually evolved into the preemptive attack plan of 1941, carrying the high command’s desire to push through southeastern Poland, followed by an advance into Germany. The lecture will examine the forces allotted for the preemptive attack, the route of their projected advance, and the interplay of personalities among the plan's authors and Stalin. Dr. Harrison will conclude with a discussion of the strategy's utility and the lingering consequences of some of its component parts during the first weeks of the war.

Dr. Richard W. Harrison received his Ph.D. in War Studies from King's College London in 1994. He spent several years studying and working in the Soviet Union and Russia, specializing in the development of the Red Army's military theory between the world wars. Dr. Harrison has written two books on this subject: The Russian Way of War: Operational Art, 1904-1940 (University Press of Kansas, 2001) and Architect of Soviet Victory in World War II: The Life and Theories of G.S. Isserson (McFarland & Co., 2010). He is also the translator and editor of several major studies of the Red Army's major operations during World War II.

 
 
 
January 3, 2017

Uncover Your Family's Military History at the USAHEC’s 6th Annual Military Genealogy Event!

As renowned poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning once said, "If we try to sink the past beneath our feet, be sure the future would not stand." That statement is especially true of military history, as the origins of the U.S. military and the efforts of generations of Soldiers all across our nation have played important roles in shaping the United States as it exists today. As the history of the U.S. Army is immense, it can often be challenging to track down pieces of your family's Army history. If you have found yourself in that position, then the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) may be of assistance! Join us for our 6th Annual Military Genealogy Event on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 10:30am. This event provides the perfect opportunity for you to receive help from the experts and further explore your own history through the Army records at the USAHEC!

You can start your journey of family discovery with a comprehensive presentation on genealogical research techniques by Mr. Marty Andresen. While the event will feature a basic background of genealogical research methods, the presentation itself will focus on discovering family history in the Army’s archive, and the numerous ways that you can conduct research in military history collections. The USAHEC Collection includes a great wealth of primary sources that range from in-depth photograph and manuscript collections, letters, diaries, newspapers, and even artwork, all of which can assist you in finding out more about your family’s past. The event is free and open to the public. Participants must RSVP by Friday, January 13, 2017, by calling 717-245-3218, or sending an email to usarmy.carlisle.awc.mbx.ahec-ves@mail.mil. This program kick’s off the USAHEC’s 2017 Winter History Series. The next event in the series is the 6th Annual USAHEC Re-enactor Recruitment Day, on Saturday, February 11, 2017. The USAHEC will also hold the “Military History through Paper Modeling” event on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

After the presentation, feel free to visit the USAHEC exhibits, including the Soldier Experience Gallery, the “Sleepless Nights” art exhibit, and the new World War I exhibit, entitled “Goodbye Broadway, Hello France.” You can also grab lunch at Café Cumberland from 10:00am to 2:00pm, or browse the book selection found at the museum bookstore. Parking is free, and the USAHEC facility is handicap accessible. For more information about the 6th Annual Military Genealogy Event and other events, please visit our website at www.USAHEC.org.

 
 
 
December 21, 2016
USAHEC lectures are now available as podcasts!

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center is pleased to announce we now offer our military history lecture series as podcasts! You can now have the Perspectives in Military History and the Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Readings in Military History Lecture Series pushed to your smartphone or tablet each time a new lecture is available. Thousands of people across the world already enjoy these lectures via YouTube, but now you can take our lecturers and experts in military history with you, on your morning commute or if you need a little intellectual stimulation as you run that extra mile at the gym. Our podcast programs are already active; you can subscribe by searching "USAHEC" on your favorite podcast aggregator. We are already running on iTunes, Doggcatcher, Stitcher, BeyondPod, Podcast Republic, Podkicker, Podcast Addict, Castbox, and many more! And best of all, they are free to download!

 
 
 
December 16, 2016
POSTPONED: Perspectives in Military History Roundtable Lecture, "Abductions in the American Revolution," with Christian McBurney on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 2:00PM

Unfortunately, due to the forecasted weather for Saturday, December 17, 2016, we must postpone the Perspectives in Military History Roundtable event. "Abductions in the American Revolution," with Christian McBurney will be rescheduled for a later date. Information will be sent out as soon as a new date has been scheduled.

Thank you and sorry for an inconveniences this may have caused.

 
 
 
December 6, 2016
Perspectives in Military History Roundtable Lecture, "Abductions in the American Revolution," with Christian McBurney on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 2:00PM

As dawn broke on the chilly, dank morning of December 13, 1776, General Charles Lee sat writing letters in his sleeping gown in his room at White's Tavern, three miles from where his shivering American army was camped in New Jersey. The quiet mists outside the inn broke around twenty-four horsemen slipping slowly off the road to surround General George Washington’s most trusted subordinate. Leading the raiding party, "Bloody" Banastre Tarleton motioned his green-coated Loyalist troopers to take the building, trapping the rebel general and kidnapping him for the British. General Lee’s sudden abduction was not a unique event during the American Revolution. On Saturday, December 17, 2016, at 2:00 PM, Mr. Christian McBurney will lead a roundtable lecture event outlining the tactical and strategic implications of the wide-spread efforts to capture both American and British leaders. His formal presentation will be followed by a discussion with two other Revolutionary War scholars, bringing the conversation full-circle by connecting kidnapping as a military option to other wars in U.S. Army history, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

Christian McBurney is an independent scholar from Kingston, Rhode Island, and a graduate of Brown University in 1981. He earned his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from New York University in 1985, and now serves as an attorney in Washington, DC. Throughout his legal career, Mr. McBurney has continued his research and study into American military history. He is an accomplished speaker, appearing at the National Archives, the Naval War College Museum, the Society of Cincinnati, and numerous American Revolution historical organizations on the east coast. Mr. McBurney is also a widely published author on the topic of special operations and Revolutionary War era spies. His books include Kidnapping the Enemy: The Special Operations to Capture Generals Charles Lee & Richard Prescott (Westholme, 2014), The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation in the Revolutionary War (Westholme, 2011), Spies in Revolutionary Rhode Island (History Press, 2014), and most recently, Abductions in the American Revolution: Attempts to Kidnap George Washington, Benedict Arnold and Other Military and Civilian Leaders.

 
 
 
November 28, 2016
USAHEC to Operate on Modified Schedule during 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 19, 2016 through Monday, January 2, 2017). The adapted hours are as follows:

Monday, December 19 - Exhibits open 10:00am-5:00pm, Research by Appointment Only

Tuesday, December 20 - Exhibits open 10:00am-5:00pm, Research by Appointment Only

Wednesday, December 21 – Exhibits open 10:00am-5:00pm, Research by Appointment Only

Thursday, December 22 – Exhibits open 10:00am-5:00pm, Research by Appointment Only

Friday, December 23 – Closed

Saturday, December 24 – Closed

Sunday, December 25 – Closed (Christmas Day)

Monday, December 26 – Closed (Christmas Day Federal Holiday Observance)

Tuesday, December 27 – Exhibits open 10:00am-5:00pm, Research by Appointment Only

Wednesday, December 28 – Exhibits open 10:00am-5:00pm, Research by Appointment Only

Thursday, December 29 – Exhibits open 10:00am-5:00pm, Research by Appointment Only

Friday, December 30 – Closed

Saturday, December 31 – Closed

Sunday, January 1 – Closed (New Year's Day)

Monday, January 2 – Closed (New Year's Day Federal Holiday Observance)

**The USAHEC will support researchers on December 19, 20, 21, 22 & 27, 28, 29 by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call either location by December 12: USAWC Library Ridgway Hall Location (717-245-3949) or USAWC Library Root Hall Location (717-245-3660).

The USAHEC will resume normal hours and operations on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. For questions about the modified holiday schedule, please call the USAHEC Information Desk: 717-245-3972.

 
 
 
November 15, 2016

Battlefield Death, Censored Imagery, and Home Front Morale in WWII with Dr. James Kimble, November 16, 2016 at 7:15PM

On September 20, 1943, George Strock's famous Buna Beach photograph brought battlefield death to the pages of Life Magazine, representing the home front's first "official" glimpse of the hideous face of death in World War II. In reality, the photograph was months behind other efforts to show the reality of death on the far-away battlefields of the Pacific to the American public. Earlier in 1943, the Office of Civilian Defense (OCD) embarked on a campaign to convince Americans at home to make greater sacrifices in support of the war effort. Though officially censored, the OCD campaign included depictions of dead or dying Soldiers in their push. On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Dr. James J. Kimble of Seton Hall University, will give a lecture at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to place the OCD’s efforts in the context of the U.S. government’s fervent censorship of American servicemen’s death on the battlefield. Since the imagery of death was officially censored at that point in the conflict, the campaign became a defining moment for the emotional involvement of civilians in what had been, for many, a distant war. Dr. Kimble will reveal vital connections between the home front and the battlefront, and critique the Roosevelt Administration's handling of the war's most gruesome propaganda.

Dr. James J. Kimble is Associate Professor of Communication & the Arts at Seton Hall University and, in early 2016, a Fulbright Scholar at Croatia's University of Rijeka. Dr. Kimble earned his PhD from the University of Maryland, and researches domestic propaganda, war rhetoric, and visual imagery. He is the author of Mobilizing the Home Front: War Bonds and Domestic Propaganda (2006), and Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II (2014), as well as the writer and co-producer of the feature documentary, Scrappers: How the Heartland Won World War II. Professor Kimble is a Distinguished Honor Graduate of the U.S. Army's Chaplain Center and School and was a Senior Fellow at the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies. He has been recognized by the National Communication Association with the Gerald R. Miller Award and the Karl R. Wallace Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Discourse. His newest book project (co-edited with Trischa Goodnow) is called, The 10¢ War: Comic Books, Propaganda, and World War II, due to be published in early 2017.

WARNING: This lecture will contain graphic images of war-time death, including bodies of American Servicemen during World War II, and may be unsuitable for some audiences. Please carefully consider your attendance.

 
 
 
November 4, 2016
USAHEC to Operate on Modified Schedule on November 25, 2016
The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) research facilities will support researchers by appointment only on Friday, November 25, 2016. Please call: 717-245-3949 (USAWC Library Ridgway Hall Location) or 717-245-3660 (USAWC Library Root Hall Location) to schedule. The USAHEC exhibits will be open during regular hours, 10:00am-5:00pm. The USAHEC will resume normal hours and operations on Monday, November 28, 2016. For questions, please call the USAHEC Information Desk: 717-245-3972.
 
 
 
November 2, 2016
USAHEC Welcomes the Red Blanket Drum and Dance Troop to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month on November 14, 2016 at 7:00PM

The rhythmic thumping of drums coupled with the shouts and whirls of brightly dressed dancers are key components in Native American culture past and present. Having the privilege of watching a demonstration of various dances, once reserved only for tribal members, provides visitors an opportunity to better understand the traditions and heritage of Native Americans. As part of Native American Heritage Month this November, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is excited to welcome performers from the Red Blanket Drum and Dance Troop on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 7:00PM. These traditional Native American dancers will demonstrate ceremonial and social dancing techniques passed down from their ancestors for centuries. The demonstration will include authentic dress, free-style movements, and sacred songs, enhanced by the deep base of drums and coupled with examples of indigenous vocals, and flute music.

Each tribe maintains traditions and culture through many distinct styles of dance. There are dances and songs for courtship, for community events, and even for war. The Red Blanket dancers passionately devote themselves to keeping their peoples' traditions alive. The Red Blanket mission is to "provide educational programs through dance and song and to promote Native American awareness."

This event is open to the public and FREE to attend. The presentation begins at 7:00PM and will conclude around 8:30PM. For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: www.usahec.org or call: 717-245-3972.

 
 
 
October 31, 2016

Iraq War Veteran and Dancing with the Stars Celebrity to Speak at USAHEC Veterans Day Celebration

When Noah Galloway enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2001 and was sent to Iraq, he accepted the fact he might never make it home. He wasn't, however, prepared to make it back to the U.S. severely injured. Noah Galloway, an Iraq War Veteran, has a life story of perseverance, beginning with his near-death experience on the battlefield, and continuing through overcoming addictions and depression, becoming an actor and men’s fitness personality, and eventually, participating in Dancing with the Stars. Galloway’s transformation is nothing short of astounding, as he overcame painstaking struggles to be where he is today, as a motivational speaker and fitness expert. On Wednesday, November 9, 2016, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) welcomes Mr. Galloway as the keynote speaker for "This We’ll Defend: The Army’s Infantry Through the Ages" program, from 7:15PM to 8:15PM.

After the events of 9/11, Galloway enlisted in the U.S. Army. He eventually attained the rank of sergeant and was assigned to the 1st Battalion of the 502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, during the timeframe of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During Galloway’s second deployment in 2005, he was severely wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Yusafiah, Iraq. He lost his left arm above the elbow and his left leg above the knee. His right jaw and leg were also critically injured, with the former having to be wired shut for a short time. After receiving initial treatment in Germany, Galloway was flown to the United States to continue his recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Following his rehabilitation, Galloway suffered a period of depression and addiction, but found motivation by rediscovering his passion for fitness. With a goal of inspiring others to be healthier, he transitioned into the role of teacher, becoming a personal trainer.

Galloway’s arduous journey during his time in the military and on his long road to recovery has inspired many people, as his story of survival is one in which people all over the world find hope. His experiences led him to become a motivational speaker, addressing audiences with his message of “no excuses.” Galloway’s time in the spotlight didn’t stop there, as he was selected to be a contestant on the 20th season of Dancing with the Stars in 2015. Currently, he is a coach on the TV series True Grit.

Noah Galloway is scheduled to appear at the USAHEC’s Veterans Day celebration on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 7:15PM, as a part of the program, “This We’ll Defend: The Army’s Infantry Through the Ages.” Galloway will give a presentation discussing his service in the U.S. Army, how his life changed after sustaining injuries in combat, and the nature of Soldiers and their sacrifices. Galloway’s presentation is the second half of the Veterans Day program. The first part begins at 11:00AM, when three centuries of the development of infantrymen will be explored. Reenactors depicting Soldiers of the past and Soldiers from the Pennsylvania National Guard will talk about the life of an infantryman, and also display items Soldiers would have used during their respective eras of combat.

 
 
 
October 24, 2016
The General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgway Military History Research Grant

Are you a military historian, student, professor, or professional working on a book, monograph, scholarly article, thesis or dissertation focused on Military History? The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, PA invites you to apply for the General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgway Military History Research Grant Program!

The Ridgway Family Endowment provides funding to the U.S. Army Military History Institute (USAMHI), a component of the USAHEC. The intent of the program is to support on-site research at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on subjects that are of enduring or emerging value to the history of the Army and are well-supported by the Institute's holdings.

Who May Apply: Anyone actively engaged in the study of military history may apply, to include research as part of a masters or doctorate program in military history (or a related field) or research toward a book, monograph, or scholarly article. The selection committee interprets "military history" in the broadest sense.

How to Apply: Submit applications to the Chair, Ridgway Grant Committee, U.S. Army Military History Institute, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013-5021, or electronically to usarmy.carlisle.awc.mbx.ahec-ves@mail.mil. Applications should include the required items listed below. Additional materials, also listed below, that will assist the committee in evaluating the application may also be submitted.

When to Apply: Applications are due to the committee by 31 December. Electronic applications dispatched after 31 December or mailed applications postmarked after 31 December will be considered the following year.

Selection/Timeline: The Ridgway Committee consists of current or former members of the U.S. Army Military History Institute, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, or the U.S. Army War College appointed by the Director, U.S. Army Military History Institute. The committee will recommend a slate of recipients to the Ridgway Endowment Fund Board of Governors by 15 February with the aim of a final announcement of recipients by 1 March.

Required Grant Application Items (must be dispatched by 31 December): •Name, contact information •Objective of the proposed research •Status of research to date •Summary of USAHEC holdings most likely to support proposed research

Suggested Additional Application Items: •Writing samples, articles or monographs •Letters of recommendation (for those enrolled in degree programs)

Link to online application: http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec/documents/2015%20Ridgway%20Grant%20Application%20Form.pdf

 
 
 
October 21, 2016

"The Psycho Boys of Camp Sharpe," with Dr. Beverley Eddy on November 3, 2016 at 7:15PM

As World War II expanded into the largest conflagration the earth had ever seen, the U.S. Army realized the need for specialized psychological warfare tactics. The job description was extensive: "prisoner and civilian interrogation, broadcasting, loudspeaker appeals, leaflet and newspapers production, broadcasting, and technical support." The mission was intense: weaken the morale of the Third Reich and then help Germany transition to an era free from Nazi oppression. The American Soldiers selected to man the Army's “Mobile Broadcasting Companies,” during the Second World War, however, were uniquely qualified to fight on a different battlefield from their rifle-bearing brethren - a war of hearts, minds, and intelligence. From their training at Camp Sharpe in Pennsylvania, the “Psycho Boys” worked in secret to undermine Nazi propaganda and provide American Forces in combat with another weapon to destroy the fascist juggernaut. On Thursday, November 3, 2016, Dr. Beverley Eddy of Dickinson College will present a lecture based on her book, Camp Sharpe’s “Psycho Boys”: From Gettysburg to Germany, at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. She will follow five of the German refugees-turned-American Soldiers from the time they joined the Mobile Radio Broadcasting Companies at Camp Sharpe, to D-Day and the fight for Europe, through the liberation of the concentration camps. She will explore how the Psycho Boys’ nerve and inventiveness led to the desertion of thousands of German troops, and how the Psycho Boys played a vital role as mediators between the American and German forces as the war ground to an end.

Dr. Beverley Eddy is Professor Emerita of German at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She has authored numerous books, as well as other works, including Camp Sharpe’s “Psycho Boys”: From Gettysburg to Germany, and Abbeys, Ghosts, and Castles: A Guide to the Folk History of the Middle Rhine. Dr. Eddy holds a Bachelors of Arts in Speech and Theatre from the College of Wooster, Ohio, and graduated from Indiana University with both a Masters of Arts in German Literature and a Ph.D. in German Literature, Linguistics, and Scandinavian Literature. She also has courses in Norwegian at the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe-Universität in Germany and the Universitetet i Oslo in Norway.

 
 
 
October 3, 2016

Perspectives in Military History Lecture, "INVASION: The Conquest of Serbia, 1915" with Dr. Richard DiNardo on October 19, 2016 at 7:15PM

In the late summer of 1915, the German military powerhouse turned from the growing stalemate on the western front of World War I to a new objective: the conquest of Serbia's mountainous and treacherous terrain to open a corridor to the Ottoman Empire. The fight for Serbia represented a "proto-blitzkrieg," showcasing every technological advancement the German juggernaut had at its disposal. Dr. Richard DiNardo will give a lecture at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center based on his book, Invasion: The Conquest of Serbia, 1915, in an effort to dissect the German push into the tiny country. He will describe the difficult terrain, the horrendous weather, and the brutal combat of the campaign. Dr. DiNardo will also examine the military innovations on which the Germans capitalized to subdue their eastern enemies. Previously overlooked by historians, these innovations were integral to the future of modern warfare: telephones, railroads, extensive use of aircraft, heavy artillery, coalition warfare, and continued development of the famed German general staff.

Richard L. DiNardo is Professor for National Security Affairs at the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College at Quantico, Virginia. He obtained a Bachelors of Arts in History in 1979 from Bernard Baruch College, part of the City University of New York (CUNY). DiNardo then attended the Graduate School and University Center of CUNY, receiving his Masters of Philosophy and his Ph.D. degrees in History in 1985 and 1988, respectively. DiNardo assumed his present position with the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in January 1998, and has an extensive record of publication. He has authored, co-authored or co-edited seven books on topics ranging from German military history, to the American Civil War, to the Royal Navy in the age of sail. His most recent work, Invasion: The Conquest of Serbia, 1915, published by Praeger, appeared in 2015 following his previous book, Breakthrough: The Gorlice-Tarnow Campaign, 1915, also published by Praeger, in 2010. One of DiNardo’s earlier publications, Germany and the Axis Powers: From Coalition to Collapse, published by the University of Kansas Press in 2005, is part of the required reading in a course on coalition warfare at the Air War College. Aside from books, he also has published an extensive number of articles on a variety of topics in scholarly journals and professional military publications.

 
 
 
September 26, 2016

Army Heritage Center Foundation to Present Apron Strings

On October 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm, the Army Heritage Center Foundation will host the one-act play Apron Strings by Catherine Ladnier. The showing will occur in the Visitor and Education Center at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. The performance is free and open to the public.

Apron Strings chronicles the tumultuous years of WWII through the eyes of Eva Lee, her brother LT William Brown, and his wife, Mae, based on Bill's and Mae's letters to Eva written between 1939 and 1945.

LT Brown served in the China-India-Burma Theater and was a survivor of the HMT Rohna sinking in 1943, more than 1,000 servicemen died. The disaster was classified by the American and British government for 51 years.

Catherine Ladnier is a playwright who had no idea about her families’ contributions to World War II. After her mother, Eva Lee, passed away, Ladnier had to go through personal items. She discovered hundreds of letters, photographs, newspaper clippings, postcards, war ration books, telegrams, and a myriad of other mementos from World War II. She used these to create Apron Strings and share the story of one family’s experience.

About the Foundation and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

The Military Heritage Foundation, doing business as the Army Heritage Center Foundation, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that, through donated support, is funding the construction of the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) — the Visitor and Education Center (VEC) and the Army Heritage Center. As the phased construction program is completed, the Foundation transfers these facilities to the Army to operate, staff, and maintain, as part of USAHEC. The Foundation will then focus on "margin of excellence support" to meet the needs of educational programs and other activities at USAHEC where federal funds are inadequate or unavailable.

The Foundation completed Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center in 2010. This project provided the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus its first major gallery and multipurpose rooms to host educational programs and special events. In 2013, the Foundation funded infrastructure improvements to include parking and storm water management systems to support future construction. The Foundation is currently funding an expansion of the Visitor and Education Center that will add an additional gallery and multipurpose room to meet growing demand.

The Foundation will continue to seek grants and donations to complete the Visitor and Education Center and the Army Heritage Center and to create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program includes management of the National History Day in Pennsylvania competition and workshops and seminars that complement USAHEC’s programs and exhibits.

The Foundation also supports and enhances USAHEC’s public outreach by supporting marketing initiatives and serving as a public advocate of the Center’s mission and programs. Learn more about the Foundation at www.armyheritage.org.

 
 
 
September 6, 2016

Perspectives in Military History, "American Warlords" with Mr. Jonathan W. Jordan, September 21, 2016 at 7:15PM

With the outbreak of the greatest war the world had ever seen, American Soldiers and the war-fighting materials supporting them spread slowly over the face of the planet, waging a total war, involving not only the hard-fighting men on the front lines, but also the industrial might of the United States. American strategic decision-makers during World War II directed everything from the operations of the massive assembly lines turning out tanks, aircraft, and artillery shells to the boots on the ground. A handful of men made these decisions, forced to balance politics and economics against military necessity. On Wednesday, September 21, 2016, author Jonathan W. Jordan will give a lecture showing how personality, politics, and the professional backgrounds of America's top leaders shaped the grand strategy in mankind's greatest military conflict. Focusing on the four main subjects of his book, American Warlords, - a liberal Democrat, a conservative Republican, a bipartisan general, and an apolitical admiral - Jordan will describe how decision-makers of the United States’ high command set aside fundamental differences and pulled together when their country needed them most.

As the Second World War turned into a total war, President Franklin D. Roosevelt found his ability to expertly deal with Congress and the press did not translate into running a conflict on such a grand scale. He turned to his high command, a three-sided team in constant, but effective, conflict with each other and all of the Allies’ powerful players. The team included Secretary of War Henry Stimson, whose forward thinking pushed new weapons and industry, General George C. Marshal, who built the Army that saved the world, and Admiral Ernest J. King, who handled the Japanese, General MacArthur, and the British to conduct a campaign in the Pacific which resulted in unconditional victory. The triumvirate was by no means without conflict: Soldiers and politicians clashed as the Army and Navy learned to work together. Despite the trials, the team set aside personal, political, and professional differences to lead America and the Allies through four years of bitter, unrelenting warfare and ultimately, to victory.

Jonathan W. Jordan is the author of American Warlords: How Roosevelt's High Command Led America to Victory in World War II, the New York Times bestseller Brothers, Rivals, Victors: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley and the Partnership that Drove the Allied Conquest in Europe, and the award-winning book Lone Star Navy: Texas, the Fight for the Gulf of Mexico, and the Shaping of the American West. His writing has appeared in World War II magazine, Armchair General, Military History, World War II History, and MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History.

 
 
 
August 15, 2016

A Full Day of Military History Fun at the USAHEC!

On Saturday, August 20, 2016, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) is hosting a day full of military history, featuring two special events! The fun begins with the 4th Annual Mysteries in Military History event at 10:30AM and concludes with the new Perspectives in Military History Roundtable, from 2:00 PM-5:00 PM, featuring the presentation "George Washington's Strategic Vision for Winning the Revolutionary War," by editor-in-chief of the Washington Papers, Dr. Edward Lengel.

Have you ever wondered about the weird military-looking widget that belonged to your granddad? Maybe you have letters from a Civil War Soldier and you want to know the best way to preserve them. Our panel of historical experts help you learn more during the Mysteries in Military History Event. Upon entering the event, visitors will be directed to different stations where military historians, archivists, museum curators, and conservators can identify unknown items; answer preservation questions about personal historic artifacts, such as photographs, manuscripts, books, uniforms, or weapons; help visitors understand family genealogy highlighting military service; offer advice on the conservation of historical materials and even provide research tips for working with archival and library items. It is important to note USAHEC staff are prohibited from placing a value on items and cannot conduct appraisals. Please know 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 to attend the event with any weapon must call prior to arrival to arrange a safety check. Explosive devices, ammunition, munitions, and containers for munitions will not be allowed at the event. If you are unsure if an item is safe to bring, please call: 717-245-4427.

After you solve some of your family’s military history mysteries, stay to kick off the 50th year of the Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series, featuring Dr. Edward Lengel and his talk entitled, “George Washington’s Strategic Vision for Winning the Revolutionary War.” Over the past five decades, this program has featured renowned Army leaders, veterans, and military historians from around the world, including Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Tony Vaccaro, Joseph Galloway, Colonel (Ret.) Peter R. Mansoor, and General (Ret.) Gordon R. Sullivan. To celebrate this important milestone, the USAHEC is changing things up for the 2016-2017 series. Quarterly, the lecture dates will shift from Wednesday evening to Saturday afternoon and will feature a roundtable discussion with several notable historians. During the inaugural Perspectives in Military History Roundtable Event, Dr. Lengel, from the University of Virginia, will host a discussion about why, at the outset of the Revolutionary War, experienced combat officer General George Washington took command of a disheveled army of militiamen and how he implemented his strategic plan for their victory over a global superpower.

Mysteries in Military History begins at 10:30AM, and “George Washington’s Strategic Vision for Winning the Revolutionary War” begins at 2:00PM. Both events occur in the USAHEC Multipurpose Rooms on Saturday, August 20, 2016. As always, the USAHEC’s exhibits, to include “Treasures of the USAHEC,” and the Soldier Experience Gallery will be open. Don’t forget to grab lunch at the Café Cumberland from 10:00AM-2:00PM, and feel free to browse the Museum Store. Parking is free and the USAHEC facility is handicapped accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please call 717- 245-3972 or visit the website: http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec/index.cfm.

 
 
 
August 8, 2016

"Ar'n't I a woman?" Sojourner Truth's Fight for Equality

"Dat man over dar say dat woman needs to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches. . . . Nobody eber helps me into carriages, or ober mud-puddles . . . and ar'n't I a woman?" Sojourner Truth, 1851

Sojourner Truth spoke these words at the Akron, Ohio Women's Rights Conference in 1851. Originally known as Isabella, Truth transformed herself from a domestic slave into a preacher, whose words of empowerment inspired people all over the world, and continue to today. Her fierce and fiery personality, her powerful physique, and her hope and strength, set her apart as she addressed listeners about her passion for equality. Truth became a national symbol for strong African-American women - for all strong women.

On August 18, 1920, women won the right to vote and to hold elective office with the ratification of the 19th Amendment. The American Women’s Suffrage Movement stands as a lasting affirmation of our country’s democratic promise. It re-emphasized the importance of the most fundamental democratic values: the right to vote, and the possibility of peaceful, yet revolutionary, political change. In 1971, Congress enacted Women’s Equality Day. The observance of Women’s Equality Day celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment, and also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality.

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center is pleased to announce a Women’s Equality Day commemoration event, featuring Dr. Daisy Nelson Century, as she presents a living history portrayal of Sojourner Truth. The event begins at 1:00 pm on Friday, August 26, 2016 and is open to the public and free to attend. Dr. Century is a historical reenactor, and has traveled across the United States, portraying many historical figures to include Harriet Tubman, Mary Fields, Phyllis Wheatley, Bessie Coleman, and Hatshepsut, the longest reigning female pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. Dr. Century currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is a middle school science teacher.

Come celebrate Women’s Equality Day at the USAHEC to learn more about the life and impact of Sojourner Truth! As always, the USAHEC’s exhibits, to include the "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 Store. Parking is free and the USAHEC facility is handicapped accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please call: 717-245-3972 or visit the website: www.USAHEC.org.

 
 
 
July 27, 2016

History Experts Will Help You Understand Your Military History Items at 4th Annual Mysteries in Military History Event

Behind locked doors at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), staff members work diligently to collect, preserve, and exhibit historical items depicting the dedication and sacrifices of America's Soldiers and Veterans. Research, time, and institutional knowledge help these devoted historians and museum professionals weave together the pieces of each Soldier Story, which tell the Army’s history throughout the Center’s displays. Once a year, the USAHEC invites the public to bring their puzzling, U.S. Army/military-related items to these experts, who can provide initial research support, help identifying items, and assistance solving mysteries in family history. Join the USAHEC for the 4th Annual Mysteries in Military History Event on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM and let the professionals help you begin your military history research!

While the USAHEC’s library and archive is always free and open to the public for research, on August 20, our curators, conservators, archivists, and librarians will be available to help visitors dig a little bit deeper into the story behind their artifacts, documents, or the experts may even suggest how to care for family heirlooms in the attic or basement. Upon entering the event, visitors will be directed to different stations where military history, curatorial, and conservation experts can: identify unknown items; answer preservation questions about personal historic artifacts, such as photographs, manuscripts, books, uniforms, weapons, etc.; help visitors understand family genealogy highlighting military service; offer advice on the conservation of historical materials; provide research tips for working with archival and library items. It is important to note, USAHEC staff are prohibited from placing a value on items and therefore, will not conduct appraisals.

Please know 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. Visitors 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 if 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 Room. Parking is free, and both the Café Cumberland and the Museum Store will be open. For further information, please visit our website: http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec or call: 717-245-4427.

 
 
 
July 25, 2016

Brooks E. Kleber Lecture: "Fearlful Odds: A Memoir of Vietnam and Its Aftermath," with Mr. Charles Newhall IIII, Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 7:15 PM

Deep in the A Shau Valley of Vietnam, a routine mission for veteran U.S. Army troops turned into a botched operation with combat casualties, due to poor leadership in the chain of command. A firefight with North Vietnamese troops erupted from communication errors and leader confusion, and at the center, was a young Army officer, groomed for command and assigned to lead the doomed platoon on its fateful reconnaissance mission. The young officer and his band of survivors have since lived with the graphic memories of the action and the grueling months that followed, resulting in a lifetime of severe trauma, guilt, grief, and anger. Mr. Chuck Newhall will present a lecture based on his experiences as that young officer, and the years after, as part of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center's Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Lecture Series. The presentation will be based on his memoir, Fearful Odds: A Memoir of Vietnam and Its Aftermath.

After decades of experience managing the long-term effects of trauma and with the support of his family, Mr. Chuck Newhall has successfully come to terms with his past and the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Mr. Newhall’s story is one of perseverance in the face of insurmountable odds and offers a guiding hand to others who are facing challenges on the battlefield, in the boardroom, or back at home.

Mr. Charles W. "Chuck" Newhall III served in Vietnam as commander of an independent infantry platoon, earning decorations including the Silver Star, Bronze Star V (1st OLC), and Purple Heart. After his tour in Southeast Asia, he earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and an honors degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Newhall is the co-founder of New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and has been instrumental in financing the dramatic changes in the health care and pharmaceutical/biotechnology industries. Mr. Newhall is currently working in an advisory capacity for Greensprings Associates, writing and travelling extensively for continuing education.

DATE: Thursday, August 4, 2016

TIME: Doors open at 6:30 PM and the talk begins at 7:15 PM. The question period concludes around 8:30 PM.

PLACE: USAHEC, Visitor and Education Center, Multipurpose Rooms

 
 
 
July 14, 2016

Temporary Closure of the USAHEC Art Gallery

Due to the start of new construction, the USAHEC's General Omar N. Bradley Memorial Art Gallery, featuring the exhibit "Sleepless Nights" by John A. Cook, will be temporarily closed from July 18th - September 1st, 2016.
 
 
 
July 7, 2016

Perspectives in Military History Lecture: "The Leadership of African American General Officers"

Since the Vietnam War, the U.S. Army has seen numerous African American Generals rise through the ranks and take the fore in leading our fighting men and women. The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center is proud to present a lecture from Dr. Jimmie Jones, former U.S. Army officer and author of the new book, Shock and Awe: An Introduction to African American Army Generals (1968-1992), as part of the Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series. The lecture, studded with names such as Major General Frederic E. Davison, General Roscoe Robinson Jr., and General Colin L. Powell, will include a detailed discussion of prominent contributions African American general officers have made to the Army. These officers forged the way towards a truly professional fighting force by combining unmatched leadership with a steady progression of race equality and equal rights in the Post-Vietnam War Army.

The officers Dr. Jones will discuss developed their leadership styles in the 1960's and 70’s when turbulent and violent racial tensions in the United States were a very real threat to the stability of the U.S. Army. These officers’ leadership practices demonstrated their resolve to accomplish their mission, while simultaneously advancing racial equality in the service. Failure was never an option; these Soldiers steadfastly believed they had to be the best in order to be considered successful.

Dr. Jimmie Jones is a retired U.S. Army colonel and author of the recently published book Shock and Awe: An Introduction to African American Army Generals (1968-1992). His 26 years as an Air Defense Artillery officer led to his command of an Air Defense Artillery Patriot Missile Battalion, after which he continued his career as an assignment and professional development officer in the Army Military Personnel Center. Dr. Jones was the Personnel Director for the Army National Guard, followed by a career in education, including positions as a college professor and a school principal. Dr. Jones earned the NCAACP’s Wilkins Meritorious Service Award in 2003, after which the City of Las Vegas proclaimed April 6, 2006 be recognized as "Dr. Jimmie Jones Day." Dr. Jones earned degrees from several institutions, which include a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Master’s degree in Counseling, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

 
 
 
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: usarmy.carlisle.awc.mbx.ahec-ves@mail.mil.

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 Installation updates.
 
 
 
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: usarmy.carlisle.awc.mbx.ahec-ves@mail.mil
 
 
 
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: usarmy.carlisle.awc.mbx.ahec-ves@mail.mil 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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