Magazine article Army

Army Museum Work, Funding on Pace

Magazine article Army

Army Museum Work, Funding on Pace

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Site work continues at Fort Belvoir, Va., to prepare for construction of the National Museum of the United States Army. And according to the Army Historical Foundation, individual donations, stock gifts, foundation grants and corporate contributions totaled $10.7 million in 2016, including $1 million gifts from Honeywell, L3 Communications and the Pritzker Military Museum and Library.

To date, $139 million has been raised in cash and pledges. The foundation's goal is $200 million.

"We appreciate and are mindful of the trust and confidence that our loyal and generous supporters have placed in us in this long-overdue tribute to our Army and its soldiers and their families," said retired Army Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, chairman of the foundation and former president and CEO of the Association of the U.S. Army.

Ground was broken at the 80-acre museum site in September, with the goal of the museum doors opening in 2019. When completed, the facility will total about 185,000 square feet of exhibit space, showcasing selections from among over 630,000 Army artifacts, documents and images including more than 15,000 works of art in a collection at the U.S. Center of Military History. Many of these artifacts have never been seen by the public, officials said.

Outdoor features of the museum campus will include a memorial garden, amphitheater, parade ground and walking trail. About 500,000 to 700,000 visitors are expected to visit the museum each year.

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