The Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to welcome the American Heritage Museum to its membership and announce its grand opening! Robert Schlacter, the President/CEO whose son Erik served in the United States Marines has visited and comes away very inspired “It is an absolute privilege to have this amazing venue residing in our region, and we look forward to joining the Collings Foundation in promoting the education and awareness of our history. It is truly and unique and memorable way to learn.”
The American Heritage Museum seeks to engage, educate, entertain and enlighten its audiences in the history of our military and veterans through a chronologically arranged series of exhibits and educational interpretation.
History of the American Heritage Museum
The American Heritage Museum is housed in a 65,000 + square foot building located at the Collings Foundation’s headquarters in Stow, Massachusetts. The concept of the American Heritage Museum began when the Foundation was selected to received the world’s largest privately held collection of tanks, armored vehicles and military artifacts for the family of Jacques M. Littlefield in 2013.
Receiving this historically important and extensive collection was a tremendous honor for the Collings Foundation. Exhibiting these artifacts in the most meaningful way possible is our goal. We designed the American Heritage Museum to fully engage people in understanding our turbulent past. In this remarkable place, American history will be explored, studied and most of all, remembered. Through educational interpretation, and a chronologically arrange series of dioramas and exhibits, the American heritage Museum brings the history of our veterans to life.
Among the staggering variety of rare relics, the American Heritage Museum features over fifteen tanks and artifacts that are the only ones on public display in North America. These include: M1A1 Abrams tank, T-34 tank, Sdkfz. 222 armored vehicle, Jumbo Sherman tank, Ho-Ro tank, SCUD missile and launcher, IS-2 tank and several more.
Special Media Preview May 1st / Grand Opening Ceremony May 2nd
The Collings Foundation will host the media for a personal tour through the exhibits on May 1st from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. This will be the first glimpse of a truly extraordinary museum.
The Grand Opening Ceremony will be held the next day, May 2nd, starting at 10:00 AM. Dignitaries, VIPs, veterans and special guests will be in attendance to celebrate this special day.
We will have the Color Guard presenting, a cannon salute, the landing of a HH-60 Blackhawk helicopter from the National Guard in addition to other fantastic displays. Hope you can make it!
Contact:Hunter Chaney@collingsfoundation.org 978.562.9182