US Army Museum wants you...to volunteer

Julia LeDoux
August 07, 2019 - 4:22 pm
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The National Museum of the United States Army wants you.

To volunteer, that is.

In order to help tell the Army’s story, the museum is issuing a call for volunteers and hundreds have already applied. 

“We see a very diverse group of individuals who would like to work with us at the museum in a variety of roles,” said Museum Director Tammy Call. “We have so many ways people can serve at the museum.”

The museum is anticipating it will welcome around 750,000 visitors a year and needs volunteers to staff its reception area, visitors services division, programs and education division.

“We do have a vigorous training program, especially if you want to serve as a docent,” explained Call. “We will bring them up to speed on Army history.”

Potential volunteers must be at least 18 years old. You do not have to have any prior military service and there is no specific educational level required.

“Anybody who has an interest in learning about the Army and wanst to serve and give back, we welcome them,” said Call.

The museum complex is comprised of 185,000 square feet of building space along with gardens, trails, and an amphitheater. Exhibits and galleries will tell the story of the founding of the nation through three exhibits called Soldier Stories, Fighting for the Nation and Army and Society. The Fighting for the Nation exhibit is broken down into six galleries that cover the Revolutionary War through the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“We would anticipate that the exhibit wing will be mostly complete with maybe the exception of putting in the smaller, finer detail somewhere in late December, January time period,” said Call. “We’re just right around the corner really.”

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Located about 30 minutes from Washington, D.C. in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, construction on the 84-acre project began in 2016 and is expected to cost over $200 million. The museum is being brought to life by a capital campaign run by the Army Historical Foundation  According to the Foundation, more than 178,000 veterans, Army families and others have raised $175 million to date towards the campaign. 

“In telling the Army story, we’re really telling America’s story,” Call said.

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To learn more about volunteering at the museum, visit  http://armyhistory.org/museum-volunteers/  or call 1-800-506-2672.

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