Following are a number of projects that we seek donations, grants and other funding so that we can further our mission. As a 501(c)(3) Non-profit, your qualifying donations are tax deductible.
I. Preservation of Donations
Preserving artifacts when they arrive is our first priority. Many arrive in damaged boxes, papers just stacked loosely. They have been stored randomly for years at the mercy of weather, moths and other factors. Every physical donation has a cost associated with it as it goes through our process that gets it ready for exhibit and even includes their secure storage fee. For each donation-acquisition we need: - zip lock bags - plastic tub(s) - binder(s) - acid free page sleeves - hangars - garment bags / covers
II. Display of Donations
Depending upon the type of donation there may be items that are needed to display these items. We have a need for a number of the following items for the current collection as well as future requirements. - lucite stands for photos and placards - rikers cases for patches, photos, medals, souveniers. - mannequins for uniform display
III. Web Operation
Currently as of 9/1/2020 we have over 500,000 web pages and are preparing data for the addition of many more. The hosting operation is a monthly cost of nearly $500/mo. and with this growth we are going to be needing more storage and thus incur additional monthly cost. Our website hosting and infrastructure are recurring costs and those are exploding. With the dramatic expansion of our online database and library we forecast that our monthly cost will soon expand dramatically in our technology expense. We have tremendous plans in this area and thank you for supporting us in this initiative.
IV. Email Newsletter
We use Constant Contact for our monthly newsletter. Our cost for this service is $100/month.
We have over 100,000 photos in the collection. Many are loose or in albums. - We need these photos scanned and placed on our website.
We have over 6800 clips of combat and service related motion pictures. - This footage currently in a digital format needs to be encoded and uploaded for online viewing along with a short description of the contents. - We also have approx. 100 vhs tapes that need to be converted to digital.
VII. Award Documents
We have over 40,000 pages of award documents. Currently this material is being transcribed by volunteers around the country. - we need many more volunteers or paid transcriptionists to move this project forward more quickly. - we are currently seeking unit roster and award documents to add to this project.
VIII. MIAs Database and Research Library
- we have 40000 pages of after-action reports that need to be completed - digital process and placed in pdf format. - these documents will then be optimized for web and uploaded to our MIA database.
IX. MACR Database
- We have hundreds of MACRs (Missing Air Crew Reports). We would like to obtain the rest of them. - Then names of all servicemen on these reports needs to be extracted and place in our searchable database.
X. Webmaster / Administrator
- We receive many photos / scans weekly. We require personnel to take this shared/donated material and post it on the appropriate website. - We have an enormous backlog of material in which to add. Historians, Writers, Volunteers. We need Short 1000 word history backgrounds on as many combat units as possible.
XI. Online School & Learning
Our STEM-HG based programs need $100,000 to create an online learning facility and the first batches of learning videos that can be subscribed by schools. This is the first step of our new STEM-HG initiative.
XII. Mobile - Education Program
Currently directors use their own vehicles to deliver material for programs at schools. Items can be setup for days. Some schools have display cabinets for use, others do not. - We would like to obtain a pickup truck, 30+ foot trailer and locking display cases on casters that we can deliver and setup for these exhibits. A veterans speaking engagement is coordinated with this exhibit for the school including the attendance of parents and families. - We would like to obtain a 2nd pickup truck, 30+ foot trailer that can house a mini-mobile-museum where people can walk inside to view display cases of artifacts.
XIII. Education Center
We would like to establish an education center in the North Texas area where we can display large portions of the collection and hold education programs for people of all ages.
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If you have any questions about donations including the donation of non-monetary items or the mailing of checks.
Do you have items such as papers, photos, uniforms, gear, guns, weapons and other artifacts? Read more and Support Us.
If you have any data on units and those who served we would be interested in adding it to our digital project-library; please Contact Us
One way we promote public education of military history is through our exhibits. View some pictures of recent Exhibits.
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