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Please join us at the American Heritage Museum on December 7th for a talk from AHM President Rob Collings and Lead Docent Colin Rixon - Remembering Pearl Harbor and the U.S. Entry Into WWII. 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. No reservations needed. More information see: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/presentation-remembering-pearl-harbor-and-u-s-entry-into-wwii/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Come visit the American Heritage Museum store for your holiday gifts. We have a wonderful selection of items from Cobi model toys to awesome hot sauces in glass hand grenades'. No admission fee to visit the store! Open 10 AM to 5 PM, Wednesday to Sunday. Your purchase helps support the American Heritage Museum. A very happy and healthy holidays to all! ... See MoreSee Less

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We are more than HALF-WAY to our $15,000 Goal for Giving Tuesday to unlock our donor match challenge! Give online, by phone, or by mail today and help us continue our growth by supporting educational programs, new exhibits like the Vietnam POW exhibit, artifact restorations like the PBY-5A, M36 Jackson, and new WWII Japanese Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu (Rex)! Donate today at www.americanheritagemuseum.org/get-involved/annual-fund/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Arsenal of Democracy


M4A1 Sherman (Grizzly)
– USA | TANK

Sherman Turret Trainer – USA | TURRET TRAINER

1942 Buick Super (Front) – USA | CIVILIAN AUTOMOBILE

During the Second World War, “Arsenal of Democracy” was the slogan used by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a radio broadcast delivered on December 29th, 1940 to signal that the then still neutral United States would use all its immense industrial capacity to build the weapons of war needed by the last struggling democracies to save themselves, and the idea of democracy itself, from the threat of conquest by fascism and militarism in Europe and Asia.

Immediately after the United States entered WWII, our entire industrial infrastructure changed exclusively to support the war effort. All companies, large and small changed their production. A good example is the automobile industry. Ford focused a lot of their production on aircraft, primarily the B-24 Liberators – that became the most massed produced aircraft in American History. Cadillac made many components and engines for tanks and armored vehicles. Buick stopped all civilian car production and switched to making engines for the Liberators as well as armored vehicles, and tanks. Buick went on to make over 74,000 radial engines for the B-24, 2,000 M18 Hellcat tank destroyers, 600 M-39 tanks, over 19,000 M4, M10 and M26 power trains, over 2 million cartridge cases and more.

By the end of the war, U.S. industry was by itself out producing all the Axis countries combined. American trucks, tanks and aircraft were also supplied to Allied nations, from Canada to Britain to the Red Army of the Soviet Union. The Arsenal of Democracy exhibit highlights the phenomenal American industrial effort throughout WWII.

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Upcoming Museum Closing - Nov 12th

The American Heritage Museum will be closed all day on Saturday, November 12th for a private event for a veterans charity. Please make a note for future visit planning. Thank you!