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Military Heritage Foundation dba Army Heritage Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Education, History Museums, Interdisciplinary Research

Mission:

The Foundation seeks to raise funds to support the expansion of the Army Heritage and Education complex, specifically the visitor and education center and the Army Heritage Museum, and provide funds to sustain and enhance educational programs and  educational outreach.

Programs: The Army Heritage and Education Center honors Soldiers and their families; preserves though a state of the art archives their memories in the form of letters,diaries,photographs, maps,oral histories and artifacts. The Center preserves these and makes them available for PUBLIC study. The Center manages a public lecture and reading program and support high school and college level internships.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Students from our school district have participated in History Day for several years. Through History Day, sponsored by the Army Heritage Center Foundation, our students have gained a greater love for history as well as the excitement of meeting other people and competing with them.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Army Heritage Foundation is the lifeblood of the state level contest for National History Day. They also maintain the Army Heritage Center whose doors have always been open to students who want to learn more about our American past. The staff is patient, hard working, dedicated and willing to accept advice and suggestions. History Day in PA lost its primary sponsor and the AMEC Foundation stepped in and saved the very existance of this vital student program. I am forever grateful to the Foundation for caring about educating our future leaders.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Army Heritage Center sponsors the state level program of NAtional History Day. I have been involved for a number of years and felt they handled the program with professionalism and great enthusiasm. The Center is very committed to the education of students in Pennsylvania with this program.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

A great resource for ALL ages. Top quality programs led by experts in their field. Every time I visit the center there is something new being offered and I learn so much.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I coordinated with the foundation to get WWI & WWII information for 5th & 6th grade classes. They were prompt in getting me several sets of multi-media to use for the classes.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Military Heritage Foundation allows students of all middle school and high school ages express their interest in History. They learn to research, act, computer skills and cooperation in addition to the wonderful history topic they choose to learn about. We have been competing in the competition for about 25 years and it has been a wonderful learning experience for all students and faculty involved.

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Military Heritage Foundation is a great group of people working hard to get the U.S. Military's history out there so that people can learn about it for no cost. I helped with National History Day, and I also worked on compiling some biographies that will be made available to the public. It's a great nonprofit and will help to do many great things for military history in he future.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The soldier's story is told in an individual way through historical presentations, research and public events and displays. As the country has grown in size and diversity, the story of the millions of people who have provided service and dedication should be learned by each generation. The Military Heritage Foundation does that every day of the year.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization helps sponsor National History Day, an invaluable educational experience for students regarding historical content of all types, as well as research and presentation skills.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My National History Day always counts on the Military Heritage Foundation as an access point to locate relevant sources we're having trouble finding. For example, this year, we need a military medical journal article from the early 30s. The Military Heritage Foundation was not only able to locate the article we needed, they worked with us on the cost of reproduction because we are students. That is the kind of support that helps to make historical research possible for high school students, who can't get into the Library of Congress.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with remedial, learning disabled "average", and gifted students who have been inspired through NHD. They have learned to research, outline, see both sides of an issue, work cooperatively with fellow students, and to present themselves with confidence while answering questions and discussing their given topics. NHD has afforded my remedial students the opportunity to feel "smart," and learn more than they felt was possible. Regardless of how far their efforts had taken them in this yearly learning competition, NHD had given them pride in their academic accomplishments. Children are our future, and children who can think, research, express themselves, and see all sides of an issue will be the best leaders our country could have. Thank you National History Day!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Military Heritage Foundation has done a superb job organizing Pennsylvania History Day. Dozens of students from our school have benefited from this program over the past few years and it has been the efforts of this organization that have made it possible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I teach fifth grade in Carlisle. One of the subjects I teach is American History. Since its inception, I have taken advantage of the wonderful facility the Army Heritage Education Center has developed. I have seen the facility expand through the years and provide more and more hands on experiences to my students. When we visit, history comes to life! Students interact with re-enactors from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, French and Indian War, and Vietnam War time periods. They climb through WWI trenches, watch a blacksmith make nails and spoons, learn how to march in Civil War style, explore a Revolutionary War redoubt, and much, much more! The special weekends they have in the spring and fall are unbelievable - I not only encourage my students to go, but take my own family as well. In addition, my older sons utilized the research center for their National History Day projects - volunteers guided them to sources and even spoke to them about their own experiences. This nonprofit foundation is such a great asset to our community and to the education of our children. It helps to make my students want to learn more and visit again and again. It also shows them their place in history and the value/impact of their decisions on our future. History is alive here in Carlisle - I hope the Army Heritage Center stays forever!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Military Heritage Foundation offers first-rate facilities and staff to serve the interested public and professional historians. Indeed, one should say the MHF is a world-class institution with educational programs to match. My students who have been there are most grateful for their experience,and speaking as an observer and researcher, so am I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

On special weekends museum grounds offer visitor a totally unique opportunity to walk through living history demonstrations from the French and Indian War through WWII. We had a Boys Scout troop attending one event to rave reviews.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The event was wonderful. Everything was done very professionally and accurately. The interpreters were very knowledgeble and friendly. The permanent exhibits on the AHEC grounds were informative as well.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a teacher with a local school district, I introduced several of my students to the center as an avenue for research. The staff couldn't have been more helpful. One of my students brought a WWII Japanese flag to school. A member of the research staff took the time to research the background of the flag and was even able to narrow down the location of the pilot during the war because of the Japanese writing on the flag. She provided a complete translation of the writing and a box to preserve it in. I have also been to various lectures at the Center that have enhanced my historical knowledge and the museum exhibits are excellent.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This program is excellent! Students, teachers and judges all learn from their experiences. I have personally learned about many events and issues that were skimmed over in my high school and college careers. I have learned to view the world a little differently because I have seen it through the eyes of the students' analysis.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a former Army officer, and a current historian/professor, it was my great pleasure to research information regarding the 112th Cavalry at this institution. Without a doubt it was the best designed and operated facility I used in my three years of research. The artifacts I saw were displayed according to the best practices of the field, their special collections had wonderful finding aids, and the personnel with whom I interacted were top notch. They got it right!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Military Heritage Foundation broadened my knowledge as a High School Gifted Seminar Teacher by providing great lecture/learning opportunities for me. What a great way, too, for Pennsylvania teachers to earn continuing education hours (Act 48) to maintain their certification. It just doesn't get much better.