February 12, 2019
Statement from Allan D. Cors, Founding
National Museum of Americans in Wartime
In honor of John D. Jenkins
John D. Jenkins personified the best in American citizenry and patriotism.
He proudly served his country as an Army Lieutenant Colonel during two tours of duty in Vietnam. He then dedicated his life to public service and was a role model for all.
Supervisor Jenkins was a passionate advocate for the creation of the National Museum of Americans in Wartime and enthusiastically supported our vision for this unique educational experience in Dale City, Virginia. Museum leadership and volunteers were privileged to join with others in honoring both John and Ernestine at the Leadership Prince William Evening of Excellence award dinner last June, where Prince William County’s next generation of leaders were inspired by the clear recognition of his extraordinary contributions to his community and country.
Truly, John will be missed, but the impact of his remarkably well lived life will be with us for the generations to come. Thank you, John.
Kraig M. Butrum appointed Chief Executive Officer of the National Museum of Americans in Wartime.
The Board of Trustees of the National Museum of Americans in Wartime (NMAW) has named Kraig M. Butrum, a national leader in nonprofit management, to serve as its first Chief Executive Officer today. His appointment will be effective July 2, 2018.
“I am excited to welcome Kraig to lead the National Museum of Americans in Wartime,” said Allan D. Cors, founder and President and founder of NMAW. “As a seasoned non-profit executive, he brings to us a full complement of experience in bringing our vision to fruition.”
With more than 25 years of senior management experience, Butrum has guided national and international organizations through major capital campaign projects that include start-ups, fundraising, corporate giving, institutional branding, donor relations and other executive management responsibilities. As a Vice President of Conservation International, he directed a five-year, $635 million fundraising campaign. Other projects Mr. Butrum directed include the early formation of the Flight 93 National Memorial and the National Park Foundation’s “Connecting Our Children with America” campaign, chaired by then First Lady Laura Bush.
“Our family has a long history of serving our nation on the battlefield and Homefront. Both of my grandfathers served in World War I. My father was a B-17 pilot and a German Prisoner of War. Both of my brothers-in-law served proudly in Vietnam and my nephew served in Desert Storm.” Butrum said. “Leading the National Museum of Americans in Wartime and seeing it berealized will be a small token of my gratitude to them and the millions of other Americans whostepped forward when asked.”
Founded in 2008, the National Museum of Americans in Wartime is a not-for-profit cultural and educational institution dedicated to honoring those who have served in all branches of the United States military and on the home front, from World War I to the present. The Museum serves to educate the public, especially young people, by telling individual stories of personal experience, realities of war, and sacrifices made by Americans striving to preserve our freedoms. The Museum inspires visitors by enabling them to experience military vehicles, explore artifacts, and participate in reenactments and special programs in a dynamic, interactive environment.
The National Museum of Americans in Wartime will be located on nearly 70 acres in Prince William County, Virginia, just 22 miles south of Washington, D.C. The property for the museum was donated by the Hylton Family Foundation.
For more information, visit www.NMAW.org