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New update from Sweden this week of our 1917 Nieuport 28 restoration by Mikael Carlson - www.americanheritagemuseum.org/2021/07/nieuport-28-restoration-july-2021/ - test assembly before fabric covering! Full article and gallery of photos in the link below. The sole original flying example of America's first fighter is getting closer to the skies! ... See MoreSee Less

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July 19, 1944: Breakthrough at Saint-LôHedgerows, Rhinos and CrocodilesThe Battle of Saint-Lô is one of the three conflicts in the battle of the hedgerows which took place between July 7 and July 19, 1944. Saint-Lô had been taken by the Germans in 1940 and after D-Day, the Americans had targeted the city as a strategic crossroads.After the battle of the Normandy beaches, Allied forces found themselves engaged in the battle of the hedgerows. Thanks to the success of the airborne landings, the flanks of the beachhead were firmly held, but efforts to break out of the center were frustrated by fierce German resistance and counterattack. Fighting inshore, the Allies also encountered difficulty in the dense hedgerow country known to the French as bocage. Aerial reconnaissance photos had not revealed the denseness of these packed embankments upon which the hedgerows grew. The bocage proved to be a defenders paradise and an attacker's hell.A simple conversion to US tanks helped defeat the hedgerow problems. In July 1944, tankers began welding iron beams - often using cut-up German "hedgehog" shore defenses - to the front of Sherman tanks. The tanks, nicknamed "Rhinos," could then drive directly at the hedgerow and plow through the mass of earth and vegetation. The invention of the device is credited to Curtis Culin, a sergeant in the 2nd Armored Division's 102nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron.The British did the job with fire. The Crocodile was a flame-throwing variant of the British Churchill tank developed under Major General Sir Percy Hobart in 1943. The Crocodile had a flame projector that replaced the front mounted machine gun and was connected to an armored trailer via an armored pipe mounted along the underside of the tank. The trailer carried 1800 liters of fuel as well as a compressed propellant which was enough for 80 one-second blasts.The American Heritage Museum is proud to display a British Churchill Crocodile (pictured) and a number of Sherman tanks. ... See MoreSee Less

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#1 Best-Selling Author Andrew Biggio to hold first book signing of WWII novel "The Rifle" at the American Heritage Museum on August 1st. In what could be one of the last largest WWII Veteran reunions, some 40+ WWII Veterans are expected to attend. Each veteran took part in the rifle project, and plan to sign books along with the author for hundreds of guests.Fifteen French Legion of Honor Medals will be presented to veterans ranging from ages 95-105 for their service liberating Europe. The 22nd Director of the Army National Guard, General Jon Jensen will be the guest speaker, along with Marine Corps Colonel Christopher Landro.Books are guaranteed to be signed by the author, WWII veterans until they feel free to stop.Event is scheduled from 3pm- 6pm. $30.00 per book, $20.00 if you bring your own copy. Standard museum admission to attend. ... See MoreSee Less

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Join us here at the AHM this Saturday 7/17, 1:00 PM, for a discussion by author Elizabeth Macalaster about winged couriers in the U.S. Military. Fascinating subject covered by an extraordinary woman. ... See MoreSee Less

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American Heritage Museum Library Membership / Pass Program

American Heritage Museum Library Pass Membership ProgramThe American Heritage Museum Library Membership / Pass Program provides local libraries to offer patrons and local citizens discounted admission to the American Heritage Museum through permanent passes available for lending. Many museums in the region offer such programs to library patrons and their families and the American Heritage Museum is proud to offer the program as well to allow communities to learn more about the American efforts to fight for and defend freedom, the role of the citizen soldier in these efforts, and the role of technology in supporting these efforts.

The American Heritage Museum Library Membership / Pass Program is available for $200 annually and includes the following:

– Four (4) Reusable Half-Price General Admission Passes for up to Six (6) visitors under a single pass. Passes are not valid for special events or the annual WWII re-enactment weekend in October.

– One (1) Library Staff Membership allowing library staff, trustees, or volunteers free admission for educational and program development research.

– Member mailings of upcoming events, exhibits, and educational programs.

The passes also offer discounts on Membership purchases for the pass holder if they decide to become an Individual or Family Member when they visit. See passes for details.

If your library is interested in becoming a member of our Library Membership / Pass Program, please download and fill out the form at this link and mail with payment to:

American Heritage Museum
Attn: Library Membership
568 Main Street
Hudson, MA 01749

Or you may email it to Ryan Keough, Director of Development & Donor Relations at rkeough@collingsfoundation.org. If you wish to purchase over the phone or have questions, please reach Ryan Keough at 978-562-9182 M-F, 10am to 5pm Eastern.

Participating Public Libraries

Massachusetts

Auburn, MA – Auburn Public Library

Ayer, MA – Ayer Library

Billerica, MA – Billerica Public Library

Burlington, MA – Burlington Public Library

Clinton, MA – Bigelow Free Public Library

Dudley, MA – Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library

East Brookfield, MA – East Brookfield Public Library

Fitchburg, MA – Fitchburg Public Library

Hudson, MA – Hudson Public Library

Lancaster, MA – Thayer Memorial Library

Leicester, MA – Leicester Public Library

Monson, MA – Monson Free Library

Plymouth, MA – Plymouth Public Library

Stoneham, MA – Stoneham Public Library

Townsend, MA – Townsend Public Library

Uxbridge, MA – Uxbridge Free Public Library

New Hampshire

Hudson, NH – George H. & Ella M. Rodgers Memorial Library

Rhode Island

Cumberland, RI – Cumberland Public Library

 

 

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