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June 22nd, 1941. Operation Barbarossa begins. Hitler's 1939 Nonaggression Pact with the Soviet Union came to abrupt but predictable end on Sunday, June 22, 1941. At dawn on that day, German forces launched Operation Barbarossa along an 1,800-mile front that ran from Leningrad to the Black Sea. The three German army groups included 150 divisions containing three million men, 3,000 tanks, 7,000 artillery pieces and 2,500 aircraft. The German forces were further strengthened by more than 30 divisions of Finnish and Romanian troops. It was in effect the largest and most powerful invasion force in history. Like previous campaigns, Barbarossa was planned as a blitzkrieg led by armored units.The invasion took the Soviet leadership completely by surprise and caught the Red Army in an unprepared and partially demobilized state. Stalin had been informed that the Germans would invade but he did not believe the sources. Over the first few days, the German Luftwaffe destroyed more than 1,200 Soviet aircraft, many of them on the ground. By mid-July the Germans had advanced more than 400 miles and were only 200 miles from Moscow. Heavy Autumn rains would turn the Russian roads to deep mud and the sub-zero temperatures that followed in November would further stall and finally end the German advance. ... See MoreSee Less

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~ A new addition to this year's American Elegance performance: 1926 Chrysler Model 72 Roadster. Show starts around 1 PM Saturday and Sunday. More information see: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/tanks-wings-wheels-2/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Word on the streets says Al Capone will be showing up at AHM in his 1940 V-16 Cadillac on June 19th and 20th - to case the place for his new casino and speak-easy. ... See MoreSee Less

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Visitors to the American Heritage Museum this past weekend had the opportunity to view a display of impressive artifacts from the Allied campaign to liberate Italy (1943-1945). The Allied advance through Italy produced some of the most bitter, costly fighting of the war, much of it in treacherous mountain terrain. Rome was liberated 77 years ago this month but at the time the event was completely overshadowed by the D-Day landings in Normandy.The weekend exhibition was organized and expertly described to several hundred Museum visitors by Abigail Metheny of Concord, MA and Jesse Campana of Brick, NJ. Both are avid students of the history of the Italian Campaign as well as skilled collectors of WWII memorabilia. Abigail and Jesse appeared in US Army uniforms from the period: Abigail as a US Army Nurse and Jesse as an Army private. The AHM extends its appreciation to Abigail and Jesse for their wonderful commitment of their time and expertise. We look forward to welcoming them back to the Museum sometime soon. ... See MoreSee Less

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The American Heritage Museum is running a very unique sweepstakes fundraiser "Behind Enemy Lines - WWII Tank Experience." We hope that you could share this with your friends. Here is the link with all the details: americanheritagemuseum.tapkat.org/behindenemylinesProceeds go to our education outreach programs and operations. ... 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

Billerica, MA – Billerica Public Library

Hudson, MA – Hudson Public Library

Lancaster, MA – Thayer Memorial Library

Monson, MA – Monson Free Library

Stoneham, MA – Stoneham Public Library

Townsend, MA – Townsend Public Library

New Hampshire

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

Rhode Island

Cumberland, RI – Cumberland Public Library

 

 

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Museum is fully open with no restrictions - Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00am to 5:00pm - also open Memorial Day, May 31st from 10:00am to 5:00pm.