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The American Heritage Museum will be open all week from April 15-21 from 10am to 5pm daily for MA Spring Break Week! The Highland Street Foundation is providing free admission to the museum on Tuesday, April 16 for all visitors too! (no registration required). For all other days, save $2 per ticket by buying your tickets online at: ahmus.me/save2..#museum #familyfun #PatriotsDay #historymuseum #boston #visitma #WeAreMetroWest #metrowestma #metrowestboston #hudsonma #thingstodoinboston ... See MoreSee Less
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The American Heritage Museum will welcome a new addition to our Pacific Theater gallery in July - the Grumman / General Motors FM-2 Wildcat BuNo 57039 currently under an amazing restoration effort by the volunteers and staff of the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, MI. The Wildcat will be on long-term loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum and will be unveiled during our WWII in the Pacific Re-Enactment Weekend on July 13-14. Read the full story: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/2024/04/american-heritage-museum-to-welcome-newly-restored-general... ... See MoreSee Less
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Reminder - We are hosting a terrific presentation and special tour by Gregg Pomerleau this Friday, March 29th, 1 to 4 p.m. Gregg is an AHM docent and former Master Gunner and tank platoon Sergeant.Hear Gregg discuss the history and technologies of tanks and how the concepts of building a better tank has advanced over the millennia. As part of this special presentation, Gregg will take participants on a personal tour through the American Heritage Museum’s collection to point out specific features on the tanks that he is highlighting in his talk. More information see: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/special-presentation-tank-technologies/ ... See MoreSee Less
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See our new American Heritage Museum shorts Youtube video channel hosted by the dynamic brothers Andrew and Matthew Ford. Here they feature compelling videos about the finer details in AHM's collection. Some of their segments include how to operate a M3 GMC gun breech, background on the Borgward B IV, why the IS-2's gun is so large and many more. See: www.youtube.com/channel/UCmqC1zBHV0EWZtdEQEhRCww or @AmericanHeritageMuseumShorts. ... 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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OPEN SPRING BREAK WEEK - April 15-21

The American Heritage Museum will be open for MA Spring Break Week (April 15-21) including Monday, April 15th and Tuesday, April 16th. Open daily from 10am to 5pm. Free Admission Day on Tuesday, April 16th funded by a grant from the Highland Street Foundation's Spring Week 2024 Program.