2010-07-29 / Local & State

Army Heritage Center Foundation Launches Online Store

The Army Heritage Center Foundation last week announced the launch of an online store with gift merchandise, books and images related to the history and heritage of the United States Army at http://armyheritage.org/store.

The store has a selection of logo-printed shirts and caps, gift items, new books and a growing selection of gently used, hard-to-find books primarily on military topics. The Web-based store also features approximately 100 reproductions of historical photographs and other illustrations.

“We are particularly excited about the opportunity to use the online store as a showcase for a small part of the United States Army Heritage and Education Center’s outstanding image collection,” said Mike Perry, executive director of the Foundation. Store visitors can view the images online at no charge and order high-quality prints that are suitable for framing.

Store merchandise was chosen to reflect the vast holdings of the U. S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, the Army’s preeminent historical research and education complex. The center is a major repository of military history records and artifacts. Its collections include a library, letters and diaries, moving and still images, audio recordings, maps and original art works.

“Through its education, research, and preservation initiatives, the U. S. Army Heritage and Education Center is dedicated to ‘telling the Army Story ... one soldier at a time,’” said Perry. “The Foundation’s task is to help the center become the best military research and education facility in the nation.”

The store will be managed by RFID Systems LLC, a business based in Harrisburg. The Foundation’s earnings from sales will fund development of additional facilities and programs at the Heritage and Education Center complex and support the Foundation’s ongoing public education programs.

The foundation is a notfor profit, 501(c)(3) organization charged with carrying out a public-private partnership to develop the United States Army Heritage and Education Center. The Center moved to its present campus adjacent to the Army’s historic Carlisle Barracks in 2004. The Foundation, in partnership with state and local governments and private donors, recently completed construction of the first phase of a new visitor and education center, which is scheduled to open in April 2011. It is currently raising funds for the second and final phase of the visitor and education center building. In addition to the Foundation’s construction project, the Army is now erecting a 35,000 square foot, state-of-the-art artifact preservation facility on the Heritage and Education Center campus.

“The various collections of the U. S. Army Heritage and Education Center are open to scholars, authors, researchers, and all members of the public. The center is particularly interested in making its assets available to our soldiers and veterans, and to their families,” Perry said. “Putting information and merchandise related to the collections on the Internet, where they can be accessed by people who are unable to travel to Carlisle, not only expands the center’s outreach, but also helps the Foundation raise funds for future preservation efforts.”

Perry said that the store’s merchandise selection will increase over the coming months. “The more items we offer, the more we can reach out to people and share the legacy of the men and women we are here to honor.”

For more information, contact Brian Gottlieb, RFID Systems LLC, at bgottlieb@ rfidinspect.com or 717-991-2823, or Mike Perry at mperry@ armyheritage.org or 717- 258-1102.

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