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U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center / USAHEC

  • Address: 950 Soldiers Drive Carlisle, PA 17013
  • Phone: (717) 245-3972
  • Address: 950 Soldiers Drive Carlisle, PA 17013
  • Phone: (717) 245-3972
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The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) is the premier facility for historical research on U.S. Army history and is dedicated to "Telling the Army story...one Soldier at a time." The expansive campus includes the Visitor and Education Center, the U.S. Army War College Library, the U.S. Army Military History Institute, and the Army Heritage Trail. Open to the public, key features of the USAHEC include interpretive and interactive exhibits, the research library and archive, and rentable multifunction facilities. Visitor and Education Center: The Visitor and Education Center is dedicated to educating visitors about the culture and experiences of American soldiers. This area features special exhibits, an interpretive gallery, museum store, cafe, and multipurpose rooms for events, lectures and workshops. The main gallery features the exhibit, "The Soldier Experience," highlighting the history of the U.S. Army from the Spanish-American War to current missions, as well as a changing gallery, currently showcasing, "A Great Civil War: 1863, Battles That Defined a Nation." Army Heritage Trail: The mile-long outdoor Army Heritage Trail allows visitors to experience history in a new way, through interactive and full-scale military exhibits. Exhibits include a Cobra helicopter, Civil War encampment cabins, WWI trench system and more highlighting the different eras of American military history. The trail is open dawn to dusk everyday; exhibits on the trail are open during normal business hours, weather permitting The U.S. Army War College Library, is a component of the USAHEC, and features one library system in two locations. Ridgway Hall (Military History Institute): Located on the USAHEC campus in Ridgway Hall, Military History Institute library and archives is the Army’s preeminent research facility. The collection located in the Ridgway Hall research facility encompasses over 14 million items, including the largest collection of Civil War photos in the world. Ridgway Hall also feature the Omar N. Bradley Memorial Art Gallery which rotates exhibitions on a yearly basis as well as two other exhibit areas. The Root Hall Library: Located on the Carlisle Barracks Campus, is the primary research and information source for the U.S. Army's senior educational institution, and plays a key role in the development of military, civilian, and international strategic leaders. The Root Hall collection covers subjects such as military strategy and operations, leadership and management, regional and area studies, international relations, foreign policy, strategic studies, and economics. Please note, the Root Hall Library has different hours of operation from the rest of the USAHEC facility. USAHEC will be open on the following Federal Holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Veteran's Day but will be closed for all other Federal holidays. Groups: Groups ranging from students to seniors, will enjoy the experience at the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center. This facility allows your group to explore on their own the museum, archive and research area and outdoor military history trail with full-scale exhibits. Facility visits are FREE of charge. USAHEC was awarded a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor for 2014. This award is based on consistently receiving outstanding feedback from TripAdvisor travelers. Read More Jump into Army Heritage Days Living History Surprise at USAHEC The Soldier Experience at USAHEC 2016 Best in the Valley Winner “Something for everyone.....history, learning experience, patriotism...” – Laura H., Mechanicsburg, PA

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  • Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12pm-5pm
  • Months Open: All Year
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  • Notes: Ridgway Hall Research Room will be open Mon-Sat 10am to 5 pm and closed Sunday. There are no research pulls on Saturday. Researchers working on Saturday must coordinate in advance for materials by calling 717-245-3949. USAHEC will be open on the following Federal Holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Veteran's Day but will be closed for all other Federal holidays.
  • Parking: Free
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  • Price: Free admission
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  • Miles of Trails: 1
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  • Lunch Hours: 10 AM-2PM Tues-Sat and Closed Sunday & Monday
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  • Price Range: Up to $10
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  • Maximum # of People for Tour: 40
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  • Description There are four different facilities that can be utilized. For more detailed information about room dimensions and capabilities please visit: http://www.carlisle.army.mil/AHEC/VEC/facilities.cfm
  • Largest Room 3500
  • Total Sq. Ft. 4102
  • Reception Capacity 300
  • Theatre Capacity 250
  • A/V Equipment true
  • Full Service Catering true
  • Internet true
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  • Phone Conferencing true
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  • Stage true
  • Banquet Capacity 200
  • Number of Rooms 4
  • Booths 60
  • Classroom Capacity 125
USAHEC Conference Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 702
  • Width: 17
  • Length: 29
  • Height: 9.5
  • Theater Capacity: 44
  • Classroom Capacity: 24
  • Reception Capacity: 25
Multipurpose Room A
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 1700
  • Width: 52
  • Length: 33
  • Height: 11
  • Theater Capacity: 125
  • Classroom Capacity: 100
  • Banquet Capacity: 90
  • Reception Capacity: 150
Multipurpose Room B
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 1700
  • Width: 52
  • Length: 33
  • Height: 11
  • Theater Capacity: 125
  • Classroom Capacity: 100
  • Banquet Capacity: 90
  • Reception Capacity: 150

Inaugural OktoberFEAST Almost 5k

  • Date: October 9, 2016
  • Times: Starting: 10:30 AM
  • Location: U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center / USAHEC