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As we near the end of 2017, we like to reflect back on what has been our motivating force over the past 29 years to keep the Wings of Freedom Tour traveling across the country each year. Without question, our biggest motivation has been to make sure that the stories of our veterans who served will never be forgotten and continue to be shared with our future generations. Stories like that of George "Cookie" Kuchenbecker of Seattle, WA - a B-24 tail gunner who served in the 15th Air Force, 465th BG / 780th BS... watch the video below to hear his story. ...

The Collings Foundation's Lockheed P-38 Lightning is currently in Chino, CA at Planes of Fame Air Museum undergoing further maintenance, flight evaluation, and preparation before heading East next year to eventually be based near the Collings Foundation headquarters in Massachusetts. Here's a great video of it starting up last week in Chino - complete with the iconic inertial starters that bring the Allison engines to life! Enjoy! ...

Happy Warbird Wednesday !

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We are seeking a Crew Chief for the 2018 Tour. This important position requires a particular type of person who is dependable, organized, hard working, unattached to daily domestic duties and can drive the Tour van and trailer across the country for months on end. This is an incredible opportunity and adventure for a special person! Interested applicants send
resume to: hchaney@collingsfoundation.org
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American Heritage Museum Capital Campaign 2017

Since 1979, the Collings Foundation has led the way in the creation and operation of the nation’s most engaging living history events focused on aviation, military, and transportation history. Through nationwide programs like the Wings of Freedom Tour, the Vietnam Memorial Flight, and the annual local events at our Stow, Massachusetts headquarters, we have directly impacted millions of people.

The Collings Foundation is underway with one of our most ambitious projects to date – construction of the new American Heritage Museum at the Collings Foundation campus in Stow, MA. Designed to world-class museum standards, the facility will display 85 of the most historically significant military vehicles and equipment from the Jacques M. Littlefield collection in an immersive and engaging environment that will bring history alive for visitors. The 73,000 square foot facility is a major addition to our Stow, MA facility and the American Heritage Museum will host visitors from all over the world and be an educational facility that is open each week to school children, educators, researchers, and the general public.

  

Construction is underway now and we hope to have the structure complete by the end of December 2017 – with an anticipated opening in late 2018.

Your Support is Needed!

Though the construction of the American Heritage Museum is moving forward at a rapid pace, there is still a lot more to be done – and we need your help.

The American Heritage Museum is designed to be different than other museums. While many museums focus on the major artifacts alone, the AHM focuses on the story of warfare as seen through the eyes of those who fought and the artifacts become the catalysts for discussion, education, and understanding. Through the hard work of our design and curatorial team, the immersive educational experience will be unique for all who visit.

Such an ambitious project comes at a cost – and your help is critical to our success!

The extensive research, design, production, and construction of the display environment requires time and capital to complete to transform the collection into the world-class vision of the American Heritage Museum. Your generosity provides the momentum needed to open the American Heritage Museum in late 2018!

 

How Can I Help?

The American Heritage Museum Capital Campaign is underway. As a 501c(3) non-profit educational foundation, every dollar donated to the Collings Foundation toward the AHM Capital Campaign is tax-deductible. You may make a one-time donation, or a monthly sustaining donation online at the link below:

To make a donation to the American Heritage Museum Capital Campaign, please visit the link here.


American Heritage Museum Founders Society

A variety of giving opportunities for both individuals and corporations are available to help fund the display build-out. Individuals may become members of our Founders Society to take their donation even further and receive permanent recognition, valuable benefits for experiences with the operating artifacts, and exclusive access once the museum is complete in 2018.

To become a member of the AHM Founders Society, please click here.


Naming Opportunities and Corporate Sponsorship

Corporations, foundations, or family trusts may wish to consider a naming opportunity for funding a gallery, exhibit, or theater – thus creating a lasting legacy to be seen by millions. There are a number of naming opportunities available

Just as our American citizens have stepped up to support our nation in wartime, we know that dedicated supporters like you will also step up to fulfill the need. Support our American Heritage and please donate today!

Contact Us for Information on All Opportunities

For more information on all giving opportunities, please contact Ryan Keough, Director of Donor Relations and Development at 978-562-9182 or rkeough@collingsfoundation.org. To give a donation online, please visit this link to the American Heritage Museum Capital Campaign.

Be part of our American Heritage – Give today!


Please mail checks to:

Collings Foundation
Attn: AHM Capital Fund
P.O. Box 248
Stow, MA 01775

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