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October 2001 Issue

President's Message, Marching North to Saratoga, Fifty Years Ago (Korea), Our New Institute Director, Harlem Hell  Fighters and Henry Johnson Exhibit at NY State Fair, 60th Anniversary  - USO

January 2002 Issue

President Edward's Column, Catching Up with the News: Saratoga County, Massachusetts National Guard, Fighting Irish Night, Veterans Visit the Schools, Library of Congress and Oral  History, How to Help!

April 2002 Issue

Help Needed, Welcome Aboard!, Some Thoughts Offered by the Editor, WWII Remembrance Week, Bandsman, Editorial Commentary, The Blue and the Grey, The Bivouac Of The Dead, Still More Comentary, Docent?

July 2002 Issue

New York Stateís New Monument, New York State WWII Rememberance Week, A Message from President Edwards, New Lecture Series Announced, Lecture Series to Honor Institute Vice President Bryan Gosling, An Essay and A Story, An Old Soldier Remembered





Museum Artifacts Arrive!

June 11, 2002 was a momentus day for the Military Museum - 4 truck loads of the New York State Museum artifacts finally arrived at their permanent home in the Saratoga Springs Armory.

It was a long haul - most of the collection was in the State Capital building for more than 100 years.  In 1985 it was moved to the Washington Armory in Albany, later to the New Scotland Avenue Armory, then the Watervliet Arsenal.  The first boxes opened by Museum Director Michael Aikey contained - an armor plate vest from the Civil War, a helmet worn at the Battle of the Little Big Horn by an Albany soldier, and a Civil War bugle played by Gustav Sherman a 13 year old  of the 40th New York Regiment.




New York State World War II Memorial Dedication

The New York State World War II Memorial was dedicated May 30, 2002. Speakers were Govenor George Pataki, Congressman Bruno, Assemblyman Sheldon Silver, and our own Col. John Edwards. See our July 2002 Newsletter page for more details.

The New York State World War II Memorial

Col. John Edwards Speaking

Col. John Edwards thanking Gov. Pataki

The New York State World War II Memorial

Col. John Edwards Speaking

Col. John Edwards thanking Gov. Pataki for his support of Veterans and the Museum


Gala Opening

We are planning a gala opening event to introduce our new museum to the public.  If construction and display preparation is on schedule, we should be ready sometime in  fall 2002.  We will post more information as the schedule gets firmed up.





Positions Available / Volunteers Needed

The Military Heritage Institute being an all volunteer organization can use your help in many ways whether you are local or from another area of New York State. We need the help of Veteran and Historical organizations across the state to promote the Museum, to provide displays, and to continue adding to our collections.

Right now there is a great need to staff the Museum. Key positions have been filled, but we need many more people to keep the Museum and our Institute running smoothly.   Work schedules can be tailored to your available time. The following list is a brief indication of areas where we need help.

Volunteers Needed for:

Administrative Assistants

Fund Raising


Membership Committee

Speaker Program

Docent Program

Gift Shop


Education Program

Museum Research

Research Committee

Institute Representatives

The Veterans Research Center needs  volunteers to assist in answering the growing number of research inquiries coming into the Center. This is a great opportunity to work with the Center's wonderful historical collections and give the Center a hand.

Docents are needed for the Museum. They will serve as museum  interpreters, tour guides and instructors.  Their duties will include meeting and greeting individual visitors, veteran organizations and student groups; leading them through the museum; and discussing the various displays that will be available for viewing.  Experience is not necessary but interest and enthusiasm are important. A thorough orientation and training will be provided. Men and women are most welcome. Those interested should call Herb Holland at (518) 482-1783 or e-mail him at




Swords and Valor - NYS Military Museum display of historic swords from the NYS Military Museumís collection at the Vietnam Memorial Gallery

Revolutionary Soldier and displays

display cases and people looking at displays

Swords of notable New Yorkers

Swords in display case

ceremonial sword

small canon




Copyright New York State Military Heritage Institute July, 2002