Arts, Culture, and Humanities

The Cold War Museum, Inc.

  • Vint Hill, VA
  • http://www.coldwar.org

Mission Statement

The Cold War Museum is an educational organization dedicated to the preservation and research of the global, ideological, and political confrontations between East and West from the end of World War II to the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Main Programs

  1. Programs, Services, and Activities
Service Areas

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International

The Museum is dedicated to preserving the international aspects of Cold War history.The Museum plans to open in 2011 at Vint Hill, a former Army Communication base used during the Cold War.

ruling year

1997

Principal Officer since 2011

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John C. Welch

Keywords

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Military, "Vint Hill", veteran, veterans, history, Cold War, charity, CFC, education, international, soviet, USSR, USA, museum, spy, spies, nuclear, U2, U-2, peace, oral, writen, Cuba, East Germany, Germany, Berlin Wall, Berlin

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Also Known As

Cold War Museum

EIN

54-1819817

 Number

1287040851

Physical Address

7142 Lineweaver Road

Vint Hill, VA 20187

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Promotion of International Understanding (Q20)

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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In partnership with Vint Hill EDA, the Museum is planning a modest  first phase museum facility at the former Army base know as Vint Hill Farm Station in the Washington, D.C. suburb near Gainsville, Virginia. The Museum will help achieve Vint Hill EDA's goals of protecting this nationally important historic site and making it accessible to the public. A key goal of the Museum is to provide educational enrichment activities for school groups in the metropolitan Washington area. Once completed, the facility will feature a series of small exhibit galleries, a research library, an oral history collection room, as well as a gift store and reception area.

Programs

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Program 1

Programs, Services, and Activities

An estimated 500,000 people have been served directly by Museum programs and activities, and an additional 2 million have visited remotely via the website, since the Museum’s beginning in 1996. Although the Museum does not yet have a permanent site, its traveling exhibition about the U-2 Incident of May 1, 1960, has been exhibited at museums across the United States and internationally over the past 10 years. To extend its reach, the Museum loans artifacts to institutions in the United States and around the world that are mounting exhibitions about this subject, and has developed three affiliate chapters in Berlin, the Caribbean, and in the Midwestern United States.

The Cold War Times is a quarterly, online publication produced by the Cold War Museum for Museum members and Cold War veterans. The Times was established in 2000 in order to chronicle the history of the Cold War, collect written histories, and update Museum members and subscribers about Cold War anniversaries, events and related activities. There are over 12,000 subscribers.

In addition, the Museum offers an active schedule of educational programs and events including a "Spy Tour" of Washington DC, book signing lectures for authors who have published on the Cold War, academic conferences, podcasts and lectures. The Museum’s Director delivers an average of 60 lectures annually. The Museum works collaboratively with other organizations to commemorate key Cold War anniversaries, and with the Washington, D.C. Embassies of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia to preserve their Cold War history.

Each year, the Museum organizes educational classroom programs in grade schools, high schools, colleges, and universities in order to teach students about Cold War history and related events. As a result, the Museum developed a formal partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools to support their social studies curriculum. This partnership includes a signature lecture series, "Cold War Conversations," attended by hundreds of students annually. The Museum website receives over 800 unique visitors each day and provides an important, ongoing resource for current research and information. Museum staff actively participates in National History Day programs and assists students researching projects. The Museum is often called upon to share its expertise in educational programming developed for the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, A&E, the Learning Channel, C-SPAN, and numerous public access stations.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Military/Veterans

Budget

Service Areas

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International

The Museum is dedicated to preserving the international aspects of Cold War history.The Museum plans to open in 2011 at Vint Hill, a former Army Communication base used during the Cold War.

Funding Needs

--$100: One month's support for online educational services to students & teachers--$500: Digitally preserve 30 Civil Defense films from the 1950s --$1000: Professionally record four oral histories of Cold War participants --Other: $250,000 – Complete Phase 1 of Museum encompassing 2,000 sq. ft.

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THE COLD WAR MUSEUM
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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The Cold War Museum, Inc.

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Principal Officer

John C. Welch

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Cold War Museum is dedicated to establishing a international historically accurate record of events and personalities related to the Cold War era. Through the procurement and maintenance of Cold War-related records, artifacts, and anecdotes the Museum seeks to: 1. Honor the men and women who served during the Cold War period; 2. Educate future generations about the people, places and events of the Cold War and the lessons to be learned; 3. Foster international understanding and enhances prospects for extended world peace by objectively presenting the perceptions that motivated key players in the Cold War; 4. Contribute to the economy in areas where Cold War Museum exhibits or seminars attract tourism."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. John C. Welch

The Cold War Museum

Term: Feb 2011 - May 2012

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