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2 weeks ago

Collings Foundation

Hi There Parents! Looking for something for your children to do while at home? The Cobi building block models are terrific projects for kids big and small. We have a great selection to choose from in the American Heritage Museum store. We ship as soon as the orders come in. Your purchase helps the Collings Foundation and AHM. See the full inventory in the AHM Online Store:https://www.collingsfoundation.org/product-category/special-items-toys-calendars/ ...

3 weeks ago

Collings Foundation

A dear friend of the Collings Foundation and WWII veteran Frank Tedesco passed away on February 29, 2020 at the age of 99. Born and raised in Weymouth, Frank graduated from Weymouth High School. He went on to further his education, by receiving a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska.

Frank proudly served his country in the United States Army Air Corps during WW II as a B24 Liberator Pilot. Over the years, he received many awards for his military service, most recently in May of 2019, Frank was awarded a high medal of honor, the Legion D’Honneur for his service alongside France, during WW II. Before retirement, Frank worked for many years as an Aircraft Engineer for General Electric.
He spent countless hours volunteering: building the Spirit of Massachusetts in Boston, restoring a B24J Liberator with the Collings Foundation, in Stow, MA and public speaking educating the public on events of WW II. Frank’s passion for photography was evident by his numerous features in publications. On the weekends, he loved to sing and perform at clubs and piano bars. Frank frequented the Wings of Freedom tour and the Collings Foundation's living history events over many years. He was always the epitome of "The Greatest Generation."

Frank was a kind, selfless, and loving man who cared for his family. He will be deeply missed by all who were blessed to have known him.
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1 month ago

Collings Foundation

Coming in May, an exciting way to become part of history by learning how to DRIVE a tank! The American Heritage Museum in Hudson, MA announces Tank Driving Experiences in the 1944 M24 Chaffee and 1944 M4A3 Sherman "Liberty" tank starting in May! Learn the systems and history of your tank of choice and actually drive the tanks that made history in our tank driving area! Reservations are now being taken - click on www.americanheritagemuseum.org/tank-driving-experiences/ or call 978-562-9182 to book today! ...

Think back to the first time you laid your hands on history…

Was it touching the aircraft that your father fought in during World War II? Was it seeing the tank you only read about in books come alive right before your eyes as it rolled past? Was it placing your hand on the controls of the P-51 Mustang and rolling it just like you have done in your dreams since you were a kid?

Some experiences change our lives. You are one of tens of thousands each year who have been touched by the living history programs of the Collings Foundation and the new American Heritage Museum. Wouldn’t you like to see these kinds of experiences continue well into the future? Further, we invite you to consider becoming an even more important part of our mission now, as a contributor.

There are many ways to make a lasting impact. Your generosity could have an immediate effect with an annual fund gift, or a donor advised fund (DAF) distribution. Please also consider a longer-term legacy, making the Collings Foundation and the American Heritage Museum an important part of your planned giving strategy. We would love to discuss how we can work together to connect your special passion with a program that preserves your legacy as part of our mission.

Your donation helps bring history back to America… and preserve it for future generations.
One of the most important missions undertaken by the Collings Foundation is the identification and repatriation of important historic artifacts back to the United States. Starting with the B-24 Liberator in 1984, continuing with the America’s last flying F-4 Phantom in 1999, and just this year adding the PBY-5A Catalina and L-4 “Rosie the Rocketer,” we are bringing critical American history home.

The new American Heritage Museum has transformed what was the Jacques M. Littlefield Collection, the largest private tank and military vehicle collection in the world, into a world-class public history museum that provides enormous educational opportunity. This mission could not be accomplished without our generous donors.

We don’t just dream, we do.
The Collings Foundation doesn’t just come up with dreams and ideas, we have a proven track record of accomplishment. Whether it is transforming the world’s largest private tank collection into a world-class museum, operating the longest-running and most extensive national warbird tour, or carrying out massive restoration projects of rare and historic artifacts from around the globe… we do it. Donors know that their contributions get enormous traction and impact when they give to the Collings Foundation.

There are many ways you can help, and we offer many options to add value to your donation. As a 501c3 Non-Profit Educational Foundation, all contributions may be eligible for corporate matching funds to stretch your contribution farther.

Give to the Collings Foundation and American Heritage Museum Annual Fund

Do you want to help the most pressing needs at the Collings Foundation and American Heritage Museum? Consider a donation to our Annual Fund. All donations to the Annual Fund help support year-end operations, maintenance, restorations, and development of our educational program planning for the next year.
Learn more about giving to the Collings Foundation Annual Fund at this link.

Become a Member of the Collings Foundation and the American Heritage Museum

Membership to the Collings Foundation is a fantastic way to contribute each year and become an active part of the Collings Foundation, American Heritage Museum, and the Wings of Freedom Tour. Membership is available for both individuals and families and includes great benefits such as free admission, discounts, and volunteer opportunities.
Click here to learn more about membership and purchase a membership online…

Become a Plane Sponsor or a member of the American Heritage Museum Founders Society

There is no better way to support your special aircraft, vehicle, or museum than to become a Plane Sponsor or a member of the American Heritage Museum Founders Society. Your donation goes right to the program that you are most dedicated to, and your directed support helps us fund new restoration or expansion. Corporate sponsorship is welcomed and strongly encouraged.
Click here to learn more about these programs and donate online…

Give to our educational field trip endowment…

An American Association of School Administrators survey found that 50% of schools did not plan field trips for the coming year. Budgetary crunches are partially to blame. We intend to develop an endowment to assist with admissions, and provide bus funding so that the American Heritage Museum can bring much needed history and STEM content to students.
Click to donate online to the educational field trip endowment…

How to Contribute

Contributions may be made through cash, check or money order, or Mastercard or Visa. Donations of appreciated stock are also accepted.

Monetary donations are essential and our greatest need. There are a variety of ways to support the Collings Foundation. Estate provisions, IRA payments, foundation grants and stock are always appreciated. Over ninety-five cents of every dollar donated goes directly to our programs including operations, maintenance, restoration and endowment for the future.

Employer Gift Matches
Did you know that many companies will match a portion of the charitable contributions by employees each year? Grow your gift and impact through an employer match – search for your company and matching gift instructions using our search engine at the link below.
Learn more about and search for employer matches at this link.

Corporate Sponsorship
Corporate Sponsors are crucial to the operation of the Collings Foundation. Their donations keep our aircraft flying and well equipped to operate for years to come.

Contact Us Today

Please contact our Development Office with any questions you may have about giving and sponsorship to help further our mission of living history for future generations!

Contact: Ryan Keough
Director of Donor Relations and Development
978-562-9182 office – rkeough@collingsfoundation.org

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