The idea for a museum to honor American veterans originated in the mid-1990’s with a group of Vietnam veterans in Manassas, Virginia. In 2003, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors 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 on the battlefront, from all military branches and during all major conflicts from World War I forward.
The National Museum of Americans in Wartime™ was chartered as a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization (its original name was the National Museum of Military History) in 2003 under the leadership of a Board of Trustees. This Board of Trustees is the voting body that sets policies and provides the vision for the Museum. A National Advisory Board and National Steering Committee were created in 2006-2007, and Museum staff members where hired in summer of 2007. For a full list of the Museum’s leadership, click here.
Start-up funding was obtained from 2004-2007 from the United States Congress, the Commonwealth of Virginia, Prince William County, and private donors. The Museum’s founding campaign is underway in order to raise funds to make the Museum a reality.
In spring of 2010, The Hylton Family of Prince William County donated an exceptional 70-acre site to the Museum.
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.