CAMP HILL, PA
– The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, the premier educational, research and archival facility focused on U.S. Army history, will receive a $1 million state grant for the expansion of its existing Visitors' Education Center (VEC), said Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland).
“This grant will promote the preservation of memories of soldiers and the education of Americans about the sacrifices of made in defense of our freedom,” said Rothman who supported the grant request. “I am pleased to have supported it, and I look forward to the completion of the center’s expansion.”
The 30,000-square-foot expansion of the current facility will include a museum gallery to support exhibits; multipurpose rooms of various sizes for educational programs, special events, and conferences; and a catering kitchen for on-site support events.
Operated by the Army Heritage Center Foundation (AHCF), the organization was established in 1999 with a grant of authority to build a U.S. Army museum in Carlisle. The AHCF facilitated the transfer of 56 acres of land adjacent to Carlisle Barracks and subsequently opened Ridgway Hall, a federally funded construction project that houses the Army’s premier library, archive and research facility.
“This grant will ensure future generations of Americans, from school children to post-doctoral scholars, have access to the infinitely rich history of the United States Army and the millions of men and women who have selflessly served our nation,” said Rothman.
RACP is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity.
“I’m very gratified the administration recognized the value of this project to Cumberland County, the Commonwealth and our nation,” said Rothman.