Museum Receives Donation

Dumfries, Va. (Sep. 21, 2010) – The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation will receive a donation of $250,000 from Oshkosh Defense, a leading provider of military vehicles and technologies. Oshkosh Defense’s gift ensures significant advancement in the Foundation’s effort to raise $105 million to complete the Marine Corps Heritage Center, including its centerpiece the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Semper Fidelis Memorial Park.

The Museum opened in November 2006 and has welcomed more than two million visitors to date. The final elements to complete the Museum, part of the Heritage Center, will include over 80,000 additional square feet and will feature additional historical galleries; a large-screen theater; a permanent art gallery and artist studios; a performance space; classrooms; and a display storage gallery for many artifacts currently not accessible to the public. The additional space will allow the Museum to expand its public programming, continue sharing the history of the Marine Corps post Vietnam, and provide visibility and protection for much more of the permanent collection.  As the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park expands, it will include a water feature to commemorate the Corps’ nautical tradition and an additional network of paths will extend throughout the wooded grounds adjacent to the Museum. 
Dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Marine Corps history, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation was established in 1979 as a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The Foundation supports the historical programs of the Marine Corps in ways not possible through government funds. The Foundation provides grants and scholarships for research and the renovation, restoration, and commissioning of historical Marine Corps artifacts and landmarks. Securing the necessary funding for the complete construction of the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Heritage Center is the Foundation’s current primary mission while continuing to provide program support for the Corps’ historical, museum, and educational activities.