The idea for a museum to honor American veterans spurred among a group of Vietnam Veterans in Manassas, Virginia in the mid-1990s. Over the years, their compelling vision and dedication to build a museum gained interest by the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. In 2003, the Board decided to expand that vision and support the development of a national museum with a broader goal—honoring all who served our country in times of war, both on the home front and the battlefront, from all military branches, spanning the major conflicts from World War I forward.
That same year, the National Museum of Americans in Wartime was chartered as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization (initially named the National Museum of Military History) under the leadership of a Board of Trustees. A National Advisory Board and Steering Committee were created in 2006-2007, and Museum staff members were hired shortly after. For a full list of the Museum’s leadership, click here. http://www.nmaw.org/leadership/leadership-team/
Start-up funding for the Museum was obtained between 2004 and 2007 from public sources and private donors as well as additional assets which will be available to the Museum. Moreover, in the spring of 2010, an official venue was secured when the Hylton Family of Prince William County donated an exceptional 70-acre site to the Museum. With the guidance of its leadership and support of its community partners, the Museum’s founding campaign is well underway to raise the remaining funds and make this vision a reality.
Today, the Museum operates as the Americans in Wartime Museum, a vibrant name that reflects the Museum’s mission and vision to honor Americans who served their nation in times of war.