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Strengthen our living history mission with your support on #GivingTuesday! Help the Collings Foundation and American Heritage Museum continue to grow in 2021. Thank you! www.facebook.com/donate/888972571932577/3504013696345373 ... See MoreSee Less

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As you make plans for your #GivingTuesday donations on Facebook, please consider supporting the living history mission of the Collings Foundation and American Heritage Museum! Though 2020 has been a challenge for our nation, we have accomplished so much because of supporters like you... and we hope you can help us to do even more in 2021. You can click on the Facebook campaign at: www.facebook.com/donate/888972571932577/ , or make a direct gift at: www.collingsfoundation.org/giving/annual-fund/ - thank you in advance for your support! ... See MoreSee Less

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Hello from the American Heritage Museum! In honor of the 79th Pearl Harbor Day, we will be open Monday, December 7th from 10 AM to 5 PM. We just moved the last flying fighter from the attack on Pearl Harbor (P-40B Tomahawk) to the Pacific War exhibit and is on display. Hope we see you soon. ... See MoreSee Less

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Good morning everyone! Hope all of you had a nice Turkey day. We just added a bunch of nice Cobi building block models to our online store, among other neat items. The revenue generated from store sales help us in a big way. Hope you will pick something nice for the holidays while supporting the Collings Foundation and American Heritage Museum. When shopping add discount code "Holiday2020" to save 10% on your purchase.
Link to the store: www.collingsfoundation.org/shop/

From all of us at the American Heritage Museum and Collings Foundation - Happy and Healthy Holidays!
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Get your holiday shopping done early through the American Heritage Museum and Collings Foundation ONLINE Gift Shop! Get an online exclusive 10% off most gift shop items through December 25th with the Coupon Code "Holiday2020" at checkout and help support our living history mission with your purchase! Shop at www.collingsfoundation.org/shop/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Cold War


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Berlin Wall Segment – GER/RUS | ARTIFACT

Cold War
During World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union fought together as allies against the Axis powers. However, the relationship between the two nations was always a tense one. Americans had long been wary of Soviet communism and concerned about Russian leader Joseph Stalin’s tyrannical rule of his own country. For their part, the Soviets resented the Americans’ decades-long refusal to treat the USSR as a legitimate part of the international community as well as their delayed entry into World War II, which resulted in the deaths of tens of millions of Russians. After the war ended, these grievances ripened into an overwhelming sense of mutual distrust and enmity.

Postwar Soviet expansionism in Eastern Europe fueled many Americans’ fears of a Russian plan to control the world. Meanwhile, the USSR came to resent what they perceived as American officials’ bellicose rhetoric, arms buildup, and interventionist approach to international relations. In such a hostile atmosphere, no single party was entirely to blame for the Cold War.

The United States created the NATO military alliance in 1949 in the apprehension of a Soviet attack and termed their global policy against Soviet influence containment. The Soviet Union formed the Warsaw Pact in 1955 in response to NATO. Major crises of this phase included the 1948–49 Berlin Blockade, the 1927–50 Chinese Civil War, the 1950–53 Korean War, the 1956 Suez Crisis, the Berlin Crisis of 1961 and the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. The USSR and the US competed for influence in Latin America, the Middle East, and the decolonizing states of Africa and Asia.

The 1970s saw an easing of Cold War tensions as evinced in the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks that led to the agreements of 1972 and 1979, respectively, in which the two superpowers set limits on their anti-ballistic missiles and on their strategic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons. That was followed by a period of renewed Cold War tensions in the early 1980s as the two superpowers continued their massive arms buildup and competed for influence in the Third World.

The Cold War began to break down in the late 1980s during the administration of Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev. Gorbachev’s internal reforms had weakened his own Communist Party and allowed power to shift to Russia and the other constituent republics of the Soviet Union. In late 1991 the Soviet Union collapsed, and 15 newly independent nations were born including a Russia with a democratically elected, anticommunist leader.

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Museum Re-Opens Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

As a part of the Reopening Massachusetts Phase III, the American Heritage Museum will be re-opening to the public on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 and will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm. All visitors will be required to wear face masks while visiting the indoor spaces per state requirements.