Army Heritage Center being planned

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WASHINGTON – Plans are under way for the Army Heritage Center, the U.S. Army’s first comprehensive educational and interactive museum.

Located adjacent to the Army War College, the Army Heritage Center will include the Army Heritage Museum, a national Education Center and a new home for the Military History Institute.

Telling the story.

The facility will bring the Army’s story to life through state-of-the-art displays showcasing the Army’s contributions in peace and war and will provide a focal point for educational activities and academic research.

Federal funding is secured for construction to start on the new Military History Institute building this fall.

Construction plans call for the entire center, including the 280,000-square-foot Army Heritage Museum and the 50,000-square-foot Education Center, to be open for visitors by May 2006.

The first privately funded component of the facility, the education center, will be the hub of the complex, providing educational programs to on-site and on-line visitors.

Education center.

The education center will also physically link the Military History Institute with the Army Heritage Museum, an interactive museum that will highlight the history of the U.S. Army through wartime and peace.

Using personal views, this museum will focus on the story of the American soldier, the Army’s role in shaping national policy and the technology the Army has utilized through the years.

The Military History Institute’s collection of nine million photographs and millions of letters, publications and other documents already generates tens of thousands of on-site visits and many more online.

Additional information about the Army Heritage Center is available from the Military Heritage Foundation at 717-258-1102.

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