Chances are you and your family have old war letters or other family artifacts. These things are not only of personal value, but may be of historic significance to your community as well.

Want to find out more? Across the nation, military history museums, historical societies and other organizations are dedicated to collecting, displaying, and preserving the past. Learn about resources near you.

Alabama

Aliceville Museum and Cultural Arts Center
104 Broad Street
Aliceville, AL 35442
205.373.2363
http://www.cityofaliceville.com/MuseumMain.htm
The Aliceville Museum preserves artifacts from the German prisoners of WWII that were held at the POW camp in Aliceville.

Berman Museum
Lagarde Park, Highway 431 at Highway 21
Anniston, AL 36201
256.237.6261
http://www.bermanmuseum.org
The Berman Museum holds a significant collection of first and second world war artifacts, including personal items that belonged to soldiers.

Veterans' Memorial Museum/Alabama Center of Military History
2060A Airport Road
Huntsville, AL 35801
256.883.3737
http://www.memorialmuseum.org/
The Museum is dedicated to promoting and disseminating the accomplishments of American military men and women. Our emphasis is on participants of World War II and subsequent conflicts, whose survivors and families can use the Museum facilities to reminisce on their own experiences and those of parents, grandparents, and other close relatives.

Alaska

Kodiak Military History Museum
1623 Mill Bay Road
Kodiak, AK 99615
907.486.7015
http://www.kadiak.org/
The Kodiak Military History Museum is located in the Ready Ammunition bunker at Miller Point in Fort Abercrombie. It was completed on 30 December 1943 by Navy SeaBees and houses a radios and electronics collection.

Eagle Historical Society and Museum
Box 23
Eagle City, AK 99738
907.547.2325
http://www.eagleak.org
The Eagle Historical Society establishes and supports its museum by collecting, cataloging and preserving the large collection of paper, ledgers, maps and photographs which are available to the public.

Arizona

Arizona Historical Society
949 E. Second Street
Tucson, AZ 85719
520.628.5774
http://w3.arizona.edu/~azhist
The Arizona Historical Society follows the exploration and development of Arizona from the first entry of Europeans in 1540, through times under the flags of Spain and Mexico, to territorial Arizona in the 1800's.

390th Memorial Museum
6000 E. Valencia Road
Tucson, AZ 85706
520.574.0287
http://www.390th.org
The 390th Memorial Museum was established as a permanent memorial to recognize and honor those who served in the 390th Bombardment Group during WWII.

Arkansas

The Arkansas Air Museum
South School Avenue and US Hwy 71
Fayetteville, AR 72701
501.521.4947
http://www.arkmilitaryheritage.com/
In the historic Tower Building of the Little Rock Arsenal, where Gen. Douglas MacArthur was born Jan. 26, 1880, the museum commemorates the state's military history from the territorial period to the present.

Rogers Historical Museum 
322 S. Second Street
Rogers, AR 72756
501.621.1154
http://www.rogersarkansas.com/museum/
The Rogers Historical Museum preserves local heritage through research and by collecting and caring for materials that reflect and document the connections between past and present and Rogers and the rest of the nation.

California

California Military Museum
1119 Second Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
916.442.2883
http://www.militarymuseum.org/
The California Military Museum is the official military museum and historical research center of the State of California. It houses over 30,000 artifacts as well a substantial library and archives.

Colorado

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
215 S. Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
719.385.5990
http://www.springsgov.com/sectionindex.aspx?sectionid=38
The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is guided by a mission to collect, preserve, research, and interpret the history and culture of the Pikes Peak Region.

Connecticut

Military Museum of Southern New England
125 Park Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810
203.790.9277
http://www.usmilitarymuseum.org
The Military Museum of Southern New England was originally intended to preserve the history of tank destroyers, but has since expanded to include 20th- and 21st-century military and home side history.

New England Civil War Museum
Vernon Town Hall, 12 Park Place
Vernon, CT 06066
860.871.1552
http://www.newenglandcivilwarmuseum.com/
The New England Civil War Museum has a wonderful collection of Civil War items and is an outstanding repository of information relating to the Grand Army.

Delaware

Historical Society of Delaware
505 Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
302.655.7161
http://www.hsd.org
The Historical Society of Delaware collects and preserves materials relating to the history of Delaware and Delawareans, interpreting that history through research, exhibitions, publications, and educational programs

Florida

Dunedin Historical Society and Museum
349 Main Street, P.O. Box 2393
Dunedin, FL 34697-2393
727.736.1176
http://dunedinmuseum.org/
The Dunedin Historical Society and Museum contains approximately 2,000 artifacts, 2,500 photographs and a library containing 200 volumes of local and Florida history.

Micanopy Historical Society Museum
607 NE First Street, P.O. Box 462
Micanopy, FL 32667
352.466.3200
http://www.afn.org/~micanopy/
The Micanopy Historical Society Museum features authentic Civil War artifacts, such as soldier uniforms, photographs, and war letters.

Marion County Museum of History
307 S.E. 26th Terrace
Ocala, FL 34471
352.629.2773
http://www.museumsusa.org/museums/info/1160399
The Marion County Museum of History display exhibits that cover the history of Marion County and Ocala, from prehistoric times to today. One feature attraction focuses on the impact that WWI and WWII have had on the area.

Georgia

Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum
175 Bourne Avenue
Pooler, GA 31322
912.748.8888
http://www.mightyeighth.org
The Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum honors the courage, character, and patriotism embodied by the men and women of the Eighth Air Force from WWII to the Present.

Atlanta History Center
130 W. Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305-1366
404.814.4000
http://www.atlantahistorycenter.com
The Atlanta History Center's Museum Collection includes objects dating from the early 19th Century to the present.

Hawaii

U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii
Kalia Road, Fort DeRussy
Honolulu, HI 96815
808.955.9552
http://www.hawaiiweb.com/oahu/sites_to_see/us_army_museum.htm
The U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii has exhibits and educational programs emphasizing the role Hawaii played in military actions from WWI through Vietnam.

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park
11 Arizona Memorial Drive
Honolulu, HI 96818-3145
808.423.1341
http://www.bowfin.org
The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park's mission is to restore and preserve the WWII Submarine, USS Bowfin (SS-287).

Idaho

Idaho Military History Museum
4748 Lindberg Street, Bld 924
Boise, ID 83705
208.422.4841
http://museum.mil.idaho.gov/
The Idaho Military History Museum has been established for the purpose of "preservation, display and interpretation of military history and artifacts that have a geographical tie to the history of the people and the state of Idaho".

Idaho State Historical Society
1109 Main Street, Suite 250
Boise, ID 83702·
208.334.2682
http://history.idaho.gov/
Special project of the Idaho State Historical Society: Veterans Oral History Project The Idaho Oral History Center (IOHC), a division of the Idaho State Historical Society, has joined with United States Senator Mike Crapo's office and the Idaho Education Association (IEA) on a Veterans Oral History Project. Senator Crapo's office and the IEA have launched this project, looking to assign high school students to collect the stories of Idaho's veterans through a variety of media, including videotape and audiotape. 

Gem County Historical Society and Museum
501 E. 1st Street
Emmett, ID 83617
208.365.9530
http://www.gemcountymuseum.org/

Illinois

Chicago Historical Society
Clark Street at N. Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614-6071
312.642.4600
http://www.wchs-museum.org/wchsociety.htm
The Wells County Historical Museum is housed in the Stewart-Studabaker house, a three-story Victorian mansion built by Alvin Stewart in 1882. The museum's collections include the Civil War letters of Jacob Harvey and his wife Elizabeth.

Lilly Library at Indiana University
Bloomington, IN
http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly/
Many items of interest, including journalist Ernie Pyle's letters to his wife and friend during WWII; a collection of letters written to Bloomington South English teacher Sylvia Soupart during WWI, several collections of Civil War letters, and much more.

Iowa

Iowa Gold Star Museum
7700 Northwest Beaver Drive
Johnston, IA 50131-1902
515.252.4531
http://www.iowanationalguard.com/museum/museum.htm
The Iowa Gold Star Museum's mission is to collect, preserve and interpret material reflecting Iowa citizens' contributions to this nation's defense and preservation of human rights, peace and freedom.

Montgomery County Historical Society
2700 N 4th Street
Red Oak, IA 51566
712.623.2289
http://www.montgomeryhistory.org/
The Montgomery County Historical Society's motto is, "A play to enjoy history and understand our prairie heritage".

Kansas

Kansas State Historical Society
6425 SW Sixth Avenue
Topeka, KS 66615-1099
785.272.8681
http://www.kshs.org
The mission of the Kansas State Historical Society is to identify, collect, preserve, interpret, and disseminate materials and information pertaining to Kansas history in order to assist the public in understanding and appreciating their Kansas heritage and how it relates to their lives.

Kentucky

Kentucky Historical Society
128 E. Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40601
502.564.1792
http://history.ky.gov/
The Kentucky Military History Museum emphasizes the service of the Kentucky Militia, State Guard, and other volunteer military organizations, from the Revolution through the Gulf War.

Louisiana

National D-Day Museum
945 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
504.527.6012
http://www.ddaymuseum.org/
The National D-Day Museum celebrates the American Spirit, the teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifice of the men and women who won WWII and promotes the exploration and expression of these values by future generations.

Maine

Maine State Archives
State House Station #84
Augusta, ME 04333
207.287.5795
http://www.state.me.us/sos/arc/exhibits/civilyarn.htm
The Maine State Archives holds the equivalent of approximately 90 million pages of material, including first-hand accounts of Civil War battles, photographs, and collections of stories from soldiers, nurses, and others.

Maryland

Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-4674
410.685.3750
http://www.mdhs.org/
The Society's Library of Maryland History is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making accessible regional, social, religious, legal, maritime, biographical and political history, genealogy and family history, and history of the arts in Maryland.

Massachusetts

Peabody Essex Museum
East India Square
Salem, MA 01970
978.745.9500
http://www.pem.org
The Peabody Essex Museum includes the Phillips Library, which is one of New England's most important and historic research libraries. Among its most important holdings are the court records from the witchcraft trials, and a collection of Civil War photographs.

Michigan

Clements Library of the University of Michigan
909 S. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48181-1190
734.764.2347
http//www.clements.umich.edu
The Clements Library's mission is to collect and preserve primary source materials, to make them available for research, and to create an environment that supports and encourages scholarly investigation of our nation's past. The library's military history holdings are particularly strong.

Holocaust Memorial Center
6602 West Maple Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
248.661.0840
http://holocaustcenter.org/
The Holocaust Memorial Center (HMC), the first institution of its kind in the United States, is the fulfillment of a dream nurtured by Founder and Executive Vice President Rabbi Charles H. Rosenzveig and embraced by his fellow members of Shaarit Haplaytah (the Remnant, survivors of the Holocaust).

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 E. Warren Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201-1443
313.494.5800
http://www.chwmuseum.org/
With a series of exhibits, lectures, concerts, cultural celebrations, festivals and programs designed especially for children, the museum preserves the past and strengthens the future.

Detroit Historical Museum
5401 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
313.833.1805
http://www.detroithistorical.org/
The Detroit Historical Museums, which include the Detroit Historical Museum, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Historic Fort Wayne, and Moross House, specialize in telling the history of the Detroit area from its founding in 1701 to the present, including the development of Detroit as the Motor City.

Detroit Public Library Burton Historical Collection
5201 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
313.833.1480
http://www.detroit.lib.mi.us/burton/burton_index.htm
The Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library was begun on the private library of Clarence Monroe Burton, attorney, Detroit historiographer and founder of the C.M. Burton Abstract Co. Mr. Burton's original intention was to assemble a collection on the history of Detroit. Realizing that Detroit's history was inextricably connected to that of Michigan and the Old Northwest, and those histories to that of Canada and New France, he assembled a collection that was one of the most important private historical collections in the country.

Michigan State Society Daughters of the American Revolution
1776 D Street NW
Washington, DC, 20006-5392
202.628.1776
http://www.michigandar.org/
Any woman is eligible for membership who is no less than eighteen years of age and can prove lineal, blood line, descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. She must provide documentation from each statement of birth, marriage, and death.

State of Michigan Department of Military & Veterans Affairs
2500 S. Washington Ave.
Lansing, MI 48910
517.483.5600
http://www.michigan.gov/dmva
State of Michigan Department of Military & Veterans Affairs

Michigan Veterans of Foreign Wars
924 N. Washington
Lansing, MI 48906
517.485.9456
http://www.vfwmi.org/
Serving Michigan's Veterans to Honor the dead by Helping the Living.

The American Legion of Michigan
212 N. Verlinden Avenue
Lansing, MI 48915
517.371.4720
http://www.michiganlegion.org/
Membership in the American Legion is based on service in the military during wartime as defined by Congress. A starting and ending date of hostilities is designated for each conflict that the United States is involved in. If a person was an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States for at least one day during that time, then he or she is eligible to join the American Legion.

Michigan's State Historic Preservation Office
Michigan Historical Center, P.O. Box 30740, 717 W. Allegan St.
Lansing, MI 48909-8240
517.373.1630
http://www.michigan.gov/shpo
Established in response to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) identifies, evaluates, registers, interprets and protects Michigan's wealth of historic properties, from significant buildings to shipwrecked vessels.

Minnesota

Minnesota Historical Society
345 W. Kellogg Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55102-1906
651.296.6126
http//www.mnhs.org
The Minnesota Historical Society has been collecting, preserving and telling Minnesota stories for 150 years. The society's library includes a collection of Civil War letters.

Mississippi

Old Capital Museum of Mississippi History
State Street
Jackson, MS 39205-0571
601.359.6920
http://www.mdah.state.ms.us/museum/ocmuseum.html
The Old Capitol Museum of Mississippi History offers exhibits on Mississippi from prehistory and colonial and territorial periods through the Civil War, Reconstruction, the cotton culture, and the civil rights.

Missouri

History Museum for Springfield - Greene County
830 Boonville Avenue, P.O.Box 8368
Springfield, MO 65801
417.864.1976
http://www.springfieldhistorymuseum.org
The History Museum for Springfield-Greene County helps to preserve and exhibit the unique and rich heritage of Springfield and Greene County. Research holdings include local family papers and an extensive collection of historical photographs.

Liberty Memorial Museum
Kansas City, MO
http://www.libertymemorialmuseum.org

Kansas City Museum
Kansas City, MO
http://www.kcmuseum.com/history.html

Truman Library Museum
Independence, MO
http://www.trumanlibrary.org

Jackson County Historical Society
Indepence, MO
http//www.jchs.org

Westport Historical Society
Kansas City, MO
http://www.westporthistorical.org

Missouri Valley Special Collections
Kansas City, MO
http://www.kchistory.org

Montana

Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
Bldg 322, Fort Missoula
Missoula, MT 59804
406.728.3476
http://www.montana.com/ftmslamuseum
The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula was established to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of Missoula County and Fort Missoula.

Nebraska

Museum of Nebraska History
15th and P Streets
Lincoln, NE 68508
402.471.4754
http://www.nebraskahistory.org/sites/mnh/index.htm
The Nebraska State Historical Society educates people about Nebraska's past through artifacts and stories. Their museum exhibit, "What Did You Do in the War?" interprets the impact of World War II on Nebraskans on both the home front and the battle front.

Elkhorn Valley Museum and Research Center
515 Queen City Boulevard, P.O. Box 1114
Norfolk, NE 68701
402.371.3886
http://www.elkhornvalleymuseum.org
The Elkhorn Valley Museum & Research Center displays and provides photographs, manuscripts, maps, plat books, articles from historic volumes, newspapers and manuscripts that are available for photocopying and research.

Nevada

Nevada State Museum
708 N. Curry Street
Carson City, NV 89703
775.687.4810
http://museums.nevadaculture.org/
The Nevada Division of Museums and History, Nevada's oldest museum, preserves Nevada's natural and man-made history, and adds a unique documentary record of the region's Native American history.

New Hampshire

E. Stanley Wright Museum
77 Center Street
Wolfeboro, NH 03894
603.569.1212
http://www.wrightmuseum.org
The purpose of the E. Stanley Wright Museum is to preserve, display, present and disseminate historical, social, cultural, and political information relating to the World War II era, 1939-45.

New Jersey

New Jersey State Museum
205 West State Street, P.O. Box 530
Trenton, NJ 08625-0530
609.292.6464
http://www.state.nj.us/state/museum
The New Jersey State Museum is a general museum that collects, exhibits and interprets in four broad areas of interest: natural history, archaeology/ethnology, cultural history, and fine art. The museums holdings include a Civil War flag collection and a diorama of the Battle of Trenton.

New Mexico

Fort Selden State Monument
Post Office Box 58
Radium Springs, NM 88054
505.526.8911
http://www.nmmonuments.org/
The Fort Selden Visitor's Center displays exhibits depicting life at the fort -- nineteenth-century military weapons, uniforms, archaeological artifacts, and rare photographs of the U.S. Army in the West.

The National Atomic Museum
2000 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
505.284.3243
http://www.atomicmuseum.com/index.cfm
The mission of the National Atomic Museum is to serve as America's museum resource for nuclear history and science.

New York

West Point Museum
USMA Library Bldg 757
West Point, NY 10996-1799
845.938.3833
http//www.usma.edu
The West Point Museum provides visitors with the opportunity to view artifacts and experience history first-hand, thanks to a group of military reenactors.

WXXI Public Broadcasting Council
P.O. Box 30021
Rochester, NY 14603-3021
716.258.0232
http://wxxi.org
War Letters: Rochester Writes Home is a local WXXI production featuring correspondence to and from Rochester area soldiers who served in every conflict America has entered. The program’s goal is to honor local veterans and active military who have dedicated themselves to the defense of our country. There will be extensive community outreach around the program, and WXXI will partner with other community organizations to use this project as an educational resource. WXXI is looking for letters written to or by soldiers, nurses and anyone else who served America during the Civil War, the Plains Wars, the Spanish American War, World War One, World War Two, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Somalia, and the Balkans. For more information: See the WXXI web site.

North Carolina

Wilson Library
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-8890
919.962.1345
http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/gen.html
The University of North Carolina Manuscript Department's holdings include over 18.5 million manuscript items, 76,500 photographs, 86,000 audio recordings, and 27,000 film and video recordings, and features the Southern Historical Collection.

North Dakota
State Historical Society of North Dakota
612 E. Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0830
701.328.2666
http://www.state.nd.us/hist
The State Historical Society of North Dakota's mission is to identify, preserve, interpret, and promote the heritage of North Dakota and its people.

Ohio

Ohio Historical Society
1982 Velma Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215
614.297.2300
http//www.ohiohistory.org
The Ohio Historical Society's mission is to promote a knowledge of archaeology and history, especially in Ohio. The society's "Kilroy Was Here!" exhibit allows visitors to reflect on the profound changes that occurred in American culture -- and on the great personal sacrifices Ohioans and all Americans made -- during World War II. The society also exhibits the popular and significant Ohio Battle Flag Collection.

Preserve Ohio
PO Box 82163
Columbus, OH 43202-2163
http://preserveohio.com/
Ohio's independent voice for preserving the state's unique historic architecture, sites, objects and cultural experience.

Summit County Historical Society
550 Copley Rd.
Akron, OH 44320
330.535.1120
http://summithistory.org/
Information on the history of Akron and Summit County. Includes virtual tour of Akron founder Simon Perkin’s Mansion.

The Wayne County Historical Society and Museum
546 E. Bowman St.
Wooster, OH 44691
330.264.8856
http://www.waynehistorical.org/
Founded on the General Reasin Beall homestead, the society consists of five primary buildings and houses a vast collection of Wayne County historic artifacts.

Geauga County Historical Society
Burton, OH
440.834.1492
http://www.geaugahistorical.org/
Collection of buildings and artifacts representing every village and township in Geauga County.

The Great Lakes Historical Society Inland Seas Maritime Museum
PO Box 435
Vermilion, OH 44089
http://www.inlandseas.org/
Great Lakes lore is told through ship models, painting, exhibits and collections of artifacts unique to the Inland Seas.

Aurora Historical Society
East Pioneer Trail
Aurora, OH
330.995.3336
http://www.aurorahistorical.org
Established to acquire, restore, and preserve local historical objects, materials, documents, and memorabilia. Aurora Memorial Library Building

Fort Laurens
1006 Northwood Avenue NE
Bolivar, OH 44612
http://www.friendsoffortlaurens.org
Official site of Ohio’s only Revolutionary War fort. From The Friends of Ft. Laurens Foundation.

Kent Historical Society
152 Franklin Ave
Kent, OH 44240
330.678.2712
http://www.kentohiohistory.org/

Tallmadge Historical Society
137 East Ave
Tallmadge, OH 44278
330.630.9760
http://www.tallmadge-ohio.org/historical_society/

Portage County Historical Society
6549 N Chestnut St
Ravenna, OH 44266
330.296.3523
http://www.history.portage.oh.us/

Hudson Heritage Association
P.O Box 2218
Hudson, OH 44236-2218
http://www.hudsonheritage.org/

Chagrin Falls Historical Society
21 Walnut St
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
440.247.4695
http://www.chagrinfallshistoricalsociety.org/

Hoover Historical Center
1875 Easton St NW
North Canton, OH 44720
330.499.0287
www.walsh.edu/hooverhistoricalcent.htm

Clinton Historical Society
7866 Main St
Clinton, OH 44216
330.882.2558
http://www.clintonohiohistoricalsociety.org/

North Royalton Historical Society
13759 Ridge Rd
Cleveland, OH 44133
440.237.8643
http://www.case.edu/affil/NEOIMC/institution-pages/North-Royalton.htm

Medina County Historical Society
206 N Elmwood St
Medina, OH 44256
330.722.1341
http://www.medinahistorical.com/

McKinley Museum of History
800 Mckinley Monument Dr NW
Canton, OH 44708
330.455.7043
http://www.mckinleymuseum.org

Mahoning Valley Historical Society
648 Wick Ave
Youngstown, OH 44502
330.743.2589
http://www.mahoninghistory.org

Coitsville Historical Society
289 S Hubbard Rd
Lowellville, OH 44436
330.536.8331

War Vet Museum
23 E Main St
Canfield, OH 44406
330.533.6311
http://warvetmuseum.org/

Niles Historical Society
503 Brown St
Niles, OH 44446
330-544-2143
http://www.nileshistoricalsociety.org/

Trumbull County Historical Society
303 Monroe St NW
Warren, OH 44483
330-394-4653
http://www.trumbullcountyhistory.org/

Lisbon Historical Society
119 E Washington St
Lisbon, OH 44432
330-424-1861
http://www.lisbonhistory.org/lisbon_historical_society_001.htm

Massillon Museum
121 Lincoln Way E
Massillon, OH 44646
330-833-4061
http://www.massillonmuseum.org/

Ashland County Historical Society
414 Center St
Ashland, OH 44805
419-289-3111
http://ashlandhistory.org/

Lake County Historical Society
8610 King Memorial Rd
Mentor, OH 44060
440-255-8979
http://www.lakehistory.org/

The Western Reserve Historical Society
10825 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
216-721-5722
http://www.wrhs.org/
Privately supported regional historical society founded to preserve and present the history of all of the people of northeast Ohio. The Western Reserve Historical Society operates seven historical properties in northeast Ohio.

Oklahoma

Fort Sill Museum
437 Quanah Road
Fort Sill, OK 73503-5100
580.442.5123
http://sill-www.army.mil/museum
The mission of the U.S. Army Field Artillery and Fort Sill Museum is to function as a permanent historical and educational institution at Fort Sill, providing training and education for military and civilian personnel and for the general public.

Oregon

Camp White Military Museum
Veterans Domicilary, P.O. Box 2373
White City, OR 97593
http://www.campwhite.org/
The Domicilary, which houses the museum, was the hospital for Camp White, which was created to train the 91st Division in 1942. The museum accepts and displays military artifacts from 1776 to the present.

Pennsylvania

U.S. Army Military History Institute
Carlisle Barracks
Carlisle, PA 17013-5008
717.245.3600
http://carlisle-www.army.mil
The mission of the U.S. Military History Institute is to preserve the Army's history and ensure access to historical research materials.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215.732.6200
http://www.hsp.org/
Founded in 1824, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania features an exhibit from its collection of war letters. The Society is committed to documenting the changing nature and experiences of the Philadelphia region, of the Delaware and Susquehanna watersheds and of the people drawn to Pennsylvania or westward and southward out of the Commonwealth.

Rhode Island

Newport Historical Society
82 Touro Street
Newport, RI 02840
401.846.0813
http://www.newporthistorical.org/
The mission of the Newport County Historical Society is to collect and preserve the artifacts, photographs, documents, publications, and genealogical records that relate to the history of Newport County.

South Carolina

University South Caroliniana Society
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
803.777.3131
http://www.sc.edu/library/socar/uscs/index.html

South Dakota

Faulk County Historical Society
1009 Main Street, P.O. Box 584
Faulkton, SD 57438
605.598.4285
http://www.sdmuseums.org/html/faulk_county.html
The Roberts Memorial Museum is a historic museum which displays historic and modern Faulk County artifacts and military collections.

Codington County Heritage Museum
27 1st Avenue SE
Watertown, SD 57201
605.886.7335
http://www.cchsmuseum.org
The Codington County Heritage Museum preserves, interprets, and disseminates the heritage of Codington County, South Dakota.

Tennessee

East Tennessee Historical Society
600 Market Street, P.O.Box 1629
Knoxville, TN 37901-1629
865.215.8824
http://www.east-tennessee-history.org
The East Tennessee Historical Society tells stories, collects artifacts, and records the events that comprise the region's unique history.

Texas

Dallas Historical Society
3939 Grand Avenue
Dallas, TX 75315-0038
214.421.4500
http://www.dallashistory.org
The purpose of the Dallas Historical Society is to institute and encourage historical inquiry; to collect, preserve, and exhibit the material of history, and to spread historical information, especially concerning the city and county of Dallas and North Texas.

Texas State Historical Association
2/306 Sid Richardson Hall, University Station
Austin, TX 78712
512-471-1525
http://www.tshaonline.org/
The TSHA is a non-profit organization founded in 1897 which seeks the promotion of historical studies, particularly the discovery, collection and preservation and publication of historical materials pertaining to Texas.

The Texas Military History Society
P.O. Box 2383
Bellaire, TX 77402
http://www.tmhs.net/
The TMHS is a nonprofit hobby group dedicated to preserving and experiencing the period of 1939-1945, particularly promoting and strengthening reenactments of World War II.

Nancy Horton Davis Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Dallas, TX
http://www.texasdar.org/chapters/NancyHortonDavis/
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890. It is dedicated to historic preservation, promotion of education, and patriotic endeavor.

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
P.O. Box 1401
San Antonio, TX 78295-1401
210-225-1071
http://www.drtl.org
This organization's objectives include encouraging historical research into the earliest records of Texas, especially those relating to the Revolution of 1835 and the events which followed; fostering the preservation of documents and relics; encouraging the publication of records of the individual service of the soldiers and patriots of the Republic, and other source material for the history of Texas.

Utah

Utah State Historical Society
300 Rio Grande
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
801.533.3500
http://history.utah.gov/
The Utah State Historical Society collects a variety of materials, totaling almost one million items, relating to all aspects of Utah's social and cultural history from the 1840s to the present

Fort Douglas Military Museum
32 Potter Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84113
801.581.1710
http://www.fortdouglas.org/
The Fort Douglas Military Museum includes a 1,500-volume library of U.S., Utah and Fort Douglas military history, and two historic cemeteries. Permanent and changing exhibits include military uniforms dating back from 1858 through Operation Desert Storm.

Vermont

Vermont Historical Society
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609-0901
802.828.2291
http://www.vermonthistory.org/
The Vermont Historical Society is the only institution in Vermont that collects artifacts, books, and documents that reflect the entire history of the state, every geographical area, and every chronological period.

Virginia

Virginia Historical Society
428 N. Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
804.358.4901
http://www.vahistorical.org/
The society has been collecting Virginia history since 1831 and has thousands of war letters in its collection. Most notable is the work of Civil War Union Private Robert Knox Sneden, a mapmaker and prisoner of war at Andersonville, who produced nearly 1,000 watercolors and 5,000 pages of diary entries on his Civil War experience.

Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA 24450
540.464.7566
http://www.vmi.edu
The Virginia Military Institute's Museum has 15,000 artifacts in the historical collection. Many items in the collection have been presented over the past 140 years by the individuals who used them.

MacArthur Memorial
MacArthur Square
Norfolk, VA 23510
757.441.2965
http://www.macarthurmemorial.org/
A visit to the MacArthur Memorial provides a unique glimpse into the 20th century and can renew your faith in those American values of Duty-Honor-Country, values which motivated Douglas MacArthur as he served our nation through some of its greatest crises and finest hours.

Washington

Fort Lewis Military Museum
P.O. Box 331001
Fort Lewis, WA 98433-1001
253.967.7206
http://www.fortlewismuseum.com/flm/
Covering the period of 1804 to the present, the museum has an extensive collection of Army uniforms and artifacts pertaining to Fort Lewis, the Army's presence in the Pacific Northwest, and the units which served at the post.

Schiffner Military & Police Museum
4840 Westshore Drive
Moses Lake, WA 98837-1579
509.765.6374
The Schiffner Military and Police Museum has more than six decades of military history represented by uniforms, medals, tools, and literature issued about the armed forces.

West Virginia

Veterans Memorial Museum
4th Avenue and Ballengee Street
Hinton, WV 25951
304.466.4443
The Veterans Memorial Museum is West Virginia's first and only museum dedicated to the veterans of the state. Displays contain artifacts, memorabilia, and collections from veterans of every major conflict and era.

The Cultural Center
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
(304) 558-0220
http://www.wvculture.org
In commemoration of Veterans Day, a new exhibit, “ ‘Hope to See You Soon’: A Collection of West Virginia War Letters,” has opened in the West Virginia State Archives Library at the Cultural Center in the State Capitol Complex, Charleston. The letters in the exhibit, which were written by West Virginia soldiers in the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam, give first-hand accounts of battles and daily life in the service, seek information about people and events back home, and offer advice to family and friends. Other correspondence in the display include several letters written to overseas soldiers from family members, a message left at the West Virginia Veterans Memorial for a soldier killed in Vietnam and a letter of condolence from the parents of a deceased soldier’s war buddy. ranscriptions of selected letters from the exhibit are available on the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s website.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Veterans Museum
30 West Mifflin Street
Madison, WI 53703
608.267.1799
http://museum.dva.state.wi.us/
The museum tells the story of men and women from the Badger State who served in America's conflicts from the Civil War to the Persian Gulf War.

Oshkosh Public Museum
1331 Algoma Boulevard
Oshkosh, WI 54901-2799
920.424.4731
http://www.oshkoshmuseum.org/
The Oshkosh Public Museum tells the rich story of exploration, settlement, and development of the Lake Winnebago Region in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Historical Museum
30 N. Carroll St.
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 264-6555
http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/museum/
The Wisconsin Historical Society, founded in 1846, offers people a glimpse of life as it was and makes the past relevant to life today. The Society collects, cares for and shares the rich historical record and artifacts of Wisconsin and its citizens. The Society provides direct access to resources that can help trace family roots, understand social and political trends and movements, and acquire a sense of the daily lives of people in this part of the country and the centuries.

Wyoming

Wyoming State Museum
2301 Central Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82002
307.777.7828
http://wyomuseum.state.wy.us/
The Wyoming State Museum serves as an educational, historical and cultural institution, collecting, preserving, and interpreting artifacts that reflect the human and natural history in Wyoming.

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From the Civil War, to Vietnam, to World War II, and more contemporary conflicts, soldiers have been writing home from the front lines for centuries. Has anyone ever written to you from the battlefield? Do you have any war letters to share?