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U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013, USA

The Army Heritage and Education Center (AHEC) is the home of the Military History Institute Collection, or the U.S. Army's central historical repository, with vast holdings on many aspects of military history. These holdings include one of the greatest Civil War research collections in the world: 64, 000 Civil War books, including 16, 000 regimental histories; 85, 000 Civil War photographs, drawings, and paintings; and unpublished letters, diaries, and memoirs of 6, 000 Federal and Confederate soldiers. Some papers and pictures concern generals, but most cover Union and Confederate Army junior officers and enlisted men: regular, volunteer, and militia; national, state, and territorial. A few are from other armed service branches or from civilians. All these Civil War holdings are available for study. The AHEC is a public institution that welcomes and encourages public use of its holdings and is also the location of the 1 mile interactive tour trails known as the Army Heritage Trail. The Trail incorporates different physical Army buildings and equipment throughout Army history like the recreation of four Civil War Winter cabins taken from original photographs in the MHI collection.


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From I-81 take exit 48 (from the south) or exit 49 (from the north) and travel two miles southeast of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The USAMHI is on the lefthand side of Army Heritage Drive, adjacent to the Carlisle Barracks Golf Course.

Visitor Services

Library, archives, museum, information, indoor and outdoor exhibits, rest rooms, handicapped access.

Regular Events

Monthly- Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series; Quarterly- Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Reading Series; Annually- Army Heritage Day Living History Event, 3rd Saturday in May. See website for additional programs.

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Admission Fee



(April 1- October 31) Weekdays: 9:00 A.M.-4:45 P.M., Saturdays 10:00 A.M.- 4:00 P.M. and Sundays 12:00 to 4:00 P.M.; Closed: all federal holidays and holiday weekends. Photo ID required to enter Ridgway Hall.



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