ts,Culture & Humanities

National Military Heritage Society, Inc.

  • St. Joseph, MO
  • http://nationalmilitaryheritagemuseum.com

Mission Statement

Our mission is to preserve, educate, enhance, and promote the history of the United States Armed Forces and the sacrifices made by all patriotic Americans.

Main Programs

  1. Exhibits
  2. Education
  3. Local step-on tours

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Service Areas

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National

ruling year

1990

Principal Officer since 1989

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Lt. Col Franklin Alfred Flesher

Keywords

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Education Military Heritage Oral History Veterans History Project Military Research Library & Archives

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EIN

43-1525283

 Number

3699296215

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

ums (Aus)

orical Organizations (Ais)

aries (Eib)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Accomplishments in 2008: (1) Registered over 3,000 artifacts to our collection (2) Over 50 registered donors of items in 2008 (3) We also accessioned (transferred registration) of over 100 books to the library (4) Added new board members (5) Expanded several exhibits.
 Goals in 2009: (1) Catalog between 5,000-10,000 audio and visual books in our library (2) Establish a research library in cooperation with Missouri Western State University (3) Set up the archival storage area (4) Set up a Civil War room.

Programs

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Program 1

Exhibits

Our collection consists of thousands of items, archives, and artifacts. Many are on display but most are in storage in one of the four buildings we own. The main museum and displays are in the Ellis building mentioned in the overview. Just north with a fenced outdoor compound separating the them are the aviation building and garage. The open compound is fenced and contains "six-by" trucks (2 1/2 ton military trucks), a "water buffalo" (Large capacity water carriers on wheels), a Huey helicopter, and more. The aviation building and garage house Jeeps, weapon carriers, the ambulance, a Huey helicopter, a Cobra helicopter, and much more. Most of the mechanic work on the vehicles is done there. West, across the street from the Ellis building, are two two-story buildings, built in 1883, which house much of the stored items and artifacts and will soon house the library on the first floor. There are uniforms, gear, tools, equipment, etc stored on the second floors.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$6,000,000.00

Program 2

Education

We provide seminars, presentations, and demonstrations to groups and schools on subjects of military history.  These can be provided locally or at other sites at the request of the audience.  Private tours of the museum addressing the whole collection or specific topics are available.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$600,000.00

Program 3

Local step-on tours

Captain Franks Tour Guide Service provides a step-on tour guide for your tour bus.  Local attractions include our museum, other local museums and attractions covering the extremely historic northwest Missouri area.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$5,000.00

Service Areas

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National

Funding Needs

(1) Fix the roofs of our buildings ($20,000) (2) Complete our complement of board members, preferably those with fund raising experience ($0) (3) Acquire the needed funding four Strategic Plan, Marketing Plan and Management Succession Plan ($12,000,000) (4) Expand our volunteer and staff base ($350,000) (5) Installation of central air and hear units ($600,000) (6) Deploy our plan for adding an elevator and upgrading the emergency exit system ($2,000,000).

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National Military Heritage Society, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Lt. Col Franklin Alfred Flesher

BIO

U.S. Army Officer for 28 years.
B.S. in Education, M.S. in Education Administration.
Teacher of 7th grade Social Studies.
Professor of Military Science at Missouri Western State University & Northwest Missouri University.
Member of American Red Cross.
Museum Board of Directors.
Emergency Management Committee to Mayor.
Presidents Club.
Agri-Business Committee.
Chamber of Commerce.
American Legion, VFW, DAV, VVA and MOAA

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Let me start with a list.  An actual uniform (including medals) of a solider who stormed the beaches of Normandy; a parachute, uniform, pictures, and stories of a newspaper reporter raised here in St. Joseph who was the first reporter to interview Tito when he declared he wanted a county; and pictures, log books, wings, medals, and family portraits of a two woman ferry pilots in the 1940’s. These are all artifacts that are not currently on display because of a lack of time, personnel and resources. With over 20,000 (increasing daily) artifacts, it is an exciting time for the National Military Heritage Society. We are constantly working on new displays, exhibits and our library for our increasing patron base. Unfortunately, we cannot build and maintain our exhibits without increasing financial resources. Our current exhibits include a 30 ft WWI interactive trench that visitors walk through, a WWII exhibit, 3 helicopters (2 UH-1 Hueys, 1 AH-1 Cobra), Several aviation exhibits, a scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial that is complete and accurate, a Captains Lewis & Clark exhibit and much more. In the future, we have great opportunities to expand our exhibits to include The Character of a Leader, Care of the Flag, Women in the War Front and the Home Front, Railroading in WWII, the Role of Science in the military, Aviation and many other heritage subjects."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. David Ward M.D.

Atchison Hospital

Term: Jan 2009 - Jan 2013

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