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The FM-2 Wildcat now has wings!! Amazing job by the Air Zoo restoration team - we can’t wait to see it on display here at the American Heritage Museum in July! ... See MoreSee Less
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Great aviator Dick Rutan has passed away - Lt. Col. (Ret.) Richard Glenn Rutan flew west on Friday, May 3, 2024 at 7:08 PM PDT The last time Dick Rutan flew towards the western horizon was on December 14, 1986 when he and copilot Jeana Yeager set the last great aviation record by flying around the world, nonstop and unrefueled, in nine days, three minutes and 44 seconds in an aircraft called 'Voyager,' designed by his younger brother, legendary aircraft designer Burt Rutan.A highly decorated Vietnam veteran, Dick Rutan flew 325 combat missions and was awarded the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal with three silver oak leaf clusters, the Collier Trophy and was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross – twice. During his time in the skies over Vietnam, Dick was a member of an elite group of Fast Forward Air Controllers, often loitering over enemy anti-aircraft positions for six hours or more in a single sortie. These extremely hazardous missions had the call sign 'Misty'; Dick Rutan was, and will forever be, Misty Four-Zero. He spent his last day in the company of friends and family, including his brother, Burt, and passed away peacefully at Kootenai Health Hospital in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, in the company of his loving wife of 25 years, Kris Rutan. He is survived by daughters Holly Hogan and Jill Hoffman, and his four grandchildren, Jack, Sean, Noelle, and Haley.For more information about his incredible flight around the world see: nationalaviation.org/most-incredible-flight-ever-rutan-model-76-voyager/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day - The Holocaust stands as one of the darkest chapters in human history, and it is crucial to remember this atrocity for several compelling reasons. First and foremost, the Holocaust serves as a stark reminder of the extreme consequences of hatred, discrimination, and prejudice. The systematic genocide orchestrated by the Nazi regime resulted in the mass murder of six million Jews, along with millions of others who were targeted based on their ethnicity, political beliefs, disabilities, and sexual orientation. By remembering the Holocaust, we are reminded of the devastating impact of unchecked bigotry and intolerance, compelling us to actively work towards a world that embraces diversity and promotes inclusivity.It is crucial to remember and understand this horrific event so to prevent its repetition. Historical artifacts play a vital role in educating people about the Holocaust, and among them, this Deutsche Reichsbahn rail car holds profound significance in offering insights into this tragic period. By preserving this artifact and examining the rail car's historical importance, we can gain a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and its lasting impact on humanity.During World War II, Nazi Germany's national railway system, the Deutsche Reichsbahn, played a critical role in orchestrating the Holocaust. What was once a mere utilitarian means of transportation became a haunting symbol of suffering. Transformed into vessels of misery, these rail cars carried millions of innocent victims to a horrible destination from which many would never return. A logistical transportation infrastructure that enabled the state-sponsored persecution, mass deportation, and murder of millions by Nazi Germany.At the American Heritage Museum, the display of this original WWII cattle car acts as a powerful symbol, connecting visitors to the reality of the Holocaust as inflicted by Nazi Germany and other Axis collaborators. Standing in front of this relic, one can imagine the unimaginable: the cramped conditions endured for days, the fear, the uncertainty, and the sheer terror that innocent men, women, and children endured as they were transported to their tragic fate. It is a tangible representation of the suffering and dehumanization inflicted upon millions, allowing visitors to establish a personal and emotional connection with the victims. The international community must remain vigilant against the rise of extremism and totalitarian ideologies that threaten the fundamental rights and dignity of individuals. Education about the Holocaust and the tools used to execute this genocide serves as a powerful tool to cultivate empathy, tolerance, and understanding, fostering a global consciousness that rejects discrimination and upholds the principles of justice and equality.For more information see: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/exhibits/world-war-ii/holocaust-liberation/encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/introduction-to-the-holocaust ... See MoreSee Less
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Couple more shots of the M24 Chaffee maintenance and restoration. Will be ready to go for the WWII Tank Demonstration weekend on May 25th and 26th. For more information regarding this M24 tank see: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/tank-driving-experiences-and-tank-rides/m24-chaffee-wwii-tank-driv... ... See MoreSee Less
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October 2018

Battle for the Airfield 2018

October 6, 2018 @ 8:30 am, ending October 7, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
American Heritage Museum, 568 Main Street
Hudson, MA 01749 United States
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The Collings Foundation is hosting a WWII reenactment and WWII Veterans round table discussion October 6th and 7th, 2018. There will be over 300 re-enactors representing several branches of Allied and Axis military participating in an amazing re-enactment. Fully restored military equipment of all kinds will be on display and participating in a dynamic educational living history event. Some of the vintage equipment includes tanks, cannons, troop carriers, half tracks, aircraft and support supplies. Allied and Axis camps were set…

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June 2019

$15 – $25

Tanks, Wings & Wheels

June 15, 2019 @ 8:30 am, ending June 16, 2019 @ 4:30 pm
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July 2019

$20.00

Presentation: Restoring the Churchill Tank

July 7, 2019 @ 2:00 pm, ending 3:30 pm
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November 2019

Veterans Day Opening at the American Heritage Museum

November 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am, ending 5:00 pm
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December 2019

Book talk and signing. Blind Bombing: How Microwave Radar Brought the Allies to D-day

December 6, 2019 @ 2:00 pm, ending 3:00 pm
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February 2020

$20

Renowned History & Aviation Artist Rob Brun – Talk and Battle of the Bulge Painting Debut

February 1, 2020 @ 2:00 pm, ending 3:00 pm
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August 2020

August Special Event Weekend – Automobile & Aircraft Museums Open

August 15, 2020 @ 10:00 am, ending August 16, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
American Heritage Museum, 568 Main Street
Hudson, MA 01749 United States
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*We ask that everyone wear face masks and adhere to social distancing protocols. The American Heritage Museum will host the Tanks, Wings and Wheels weekend on August 15th and 16th. All three amazing museums will be open: The American Heritage Museum, The Historic Aviation Hangar and Classic Automobile Barn. This is a unique opportunity to see some of the world’s most rare aircraft, extraordinary American classic automobiles, historic tanks, armored vehicles, military artifacts and much more. There is over 100,000 square…

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October 2020

Military History Through The Ages – *Replaces Battle for the Airfield due to COVID-19 Event Rules*

October 10, 2020 @ 9:00 am, ending October 11, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
American Heritage Museum, 568 Main Street
Hudson, MA 01749 United States

The Collings Foundation and American Heritage Museum is hosting a living history exhibition - Military History Through The Ages. The weekend features multiple re-enactors with displays from the Revolutionary War up through the present day. All three Museums will be open: The Collings Foundation Automobile Collection, The Collings Foundation Hangar, and the American Heritage Museum. Fully restored military equipment of all kinds will be on display. Camps will be set up with authentic materials and appearance. Re-enactors act as docents…

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February 2021

IHI / AHM Speaker Series: “The Thorn in the Eagle’s Side: How Six American Presidents Dealt with the Challenges of Charles de Gaulle.”

February 1, 2021 @ 10:00 am, ending 11:30 am
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IHI / AHM Speaker Series: “The Coming Storm: Another Great Power War?”

February 19, 2021 @ 12:00 pm, ending 1:30 pm
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March 2021

Free

IHI / AHM Speaker Series: “Unwearing of the Green: Republican Skeletons in Ulster Protestant Closets”

March 18, 2021 @ 12:00 pm, ending 1:30 pm
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April 2021

$10 – $20

1812 Marine Guard Training At AHM

April 17, 2021 @ 10:00 am, ending April 18, 2021 @ 4:00 pm
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May 2021

$15 – $25

Tank Demo Days at AHM

May 15, 2021 @ 10:00 am, ending May 16, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
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1812 Marine Guard At AHM

May 22, 2021 @ 10:00 am, ending 5:00 pm
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June 2021

$20

1778 64th Light Infantry Co. At AHM

June 5, 2021 @ 10:00 am, ending 5:00 pm
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$20

Peter’s Corps – The Queen’s Loyal Rangers At AHM

June 26, 2021 @ 10:00 am, ending 4:00 pm
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July 2021

$20

Speaker Series: WAR PIGEONS: Winged Couriers of the U.S. Military, 1878-1957

July 17, 2021 @ 1:00 am, ending 3:00 pm
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August 2021

$10 – $20

The Rifle – Book Signing and Talk by Andrew Biggio

August 1, 2021 @ 3:00 pm, ending 6:00 pm
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$20

IHI / AHM Speaker Series: “No Greater Love: Sacrificing to Save Enemy Lives in Wartime”

August 19, 2021 @ 12:00 pm, ending 2:00 pm
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$10 – $20

Learn to draw a tank with artist Robert Brun

August 28, 2021 @ 1:00 pm, ending 3:00 pm
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September 2021

Author Talk – Hotel 9/11 by Joyce Ng

September 4, 2021 @ 2:00 pm, ending 3:00 pm
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$15 – $25

Race of the Century

September 11, 2021 @ 9:00 am, ending September 12, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
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October 2021

Speaker Series: Plants Go to War: A Botanical History of World War II

October 22, 2021 @ 1:00 pm, ending 3:00 pm
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November 2021

Tri-Chamber Veterans Appreciation Event

November 12, 2021 @ 4:00 pm, ending 7:00 pm
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$10 – $20

Speaker Series: Rustic Warrior by Dr. Steven Eames

November 19, 2021 @ 1:00 pm, ending 2:30 pm
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December 2021

IHI / AHM Symposium – Pearl Harbor: Inevitable or Infamy?

December 4, 2021 @ 10:00 am, ending 4:00 pm
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WWII TANK DEMONSTRATION WEEKEND SATURDAY & SUNDAY

If you are visiting the museum this Saturday (5/25) and Sunday (5/26), please purchase Event Tickets at the link below. General Admission tickets to just the museum are not available this weekend - only event tickets are available.