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The America Museum

Our Mission

The America Museum seeks to have visitors reflect upon and understand the events, struggles and sacrifices for freedom, equality, and democracy.  The Museum creates concise unbiased and balanced exhibits on relevant topics that connect stories to current events. The public will be enlightened and engaged in discussion, interactive exhibitions, and programs.  Americans must acknowledge and honor the brave, relish our victories, study the failures, help heal the scars, and ensure that we learn from the past.

 
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Our Summer Kids Are Free Program

Your experience will be emotional, will be inspiring, will remind you of how our country came to be and will celebrate the freedoms and opportunities that make our country the best place to live.

Normally we are open to the public Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and on occasional Saturdays.  However, we are open in July for limited hours while we move to a new location and redesign our exhibits.  Please visit us and enjoy our summer History Hunt.  You and your kids can travel around the Windham area and find interactive "stories" told by patriots that share interesting facts about people, places and events.  Turn in your "secret word" form to Hoppy Days Diner,  Main Street, Willimantic to finish your History Hunt and get a free ice cream.

Sponsored by the CT Humanities

 
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Our Programs

 

LiberTea

Each month we host a "tea" where a famous historical figure who has contributed to our country's freedoms shares their story.  These are held at our museum or at neighboring museums.  Please see our calendar of events.

Cabaret Night

Entertaining and enlightening, our cabaret nights combine music, theatre, dance and history with period food and, of course, great company.  Enjoy music from the WWII era while snacking on a WWII ration cake, and maybe a little wine!

Docent Training

We partner with local area museums and provide a training program where volunteers learn the stories that make each historical location remarkable, how to work with visitors and how to make visitor experiences unique and interesting.

After School Education

We partner with the Windham After School Program to provide an interesting history lesson, often presented by a famous historical patriot, to every elementary school weekly.  Instructional and fun, presented in a manner that kids understand, interactive and focused on local events and people.

Exhibits

Our exhibits change frequently to reflect current events and popular trends.  However, we have ongoing exhibits that honor the diverse group of Americans who helped shape our country.

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65th Regiment

The Borinqueneers

The U.S. Army's 65th Infantry Regiment, the only all-Hispanic unit that hailed mostly from Puerto Rico, inspires pride for their dogged combat in the Korean War in the early 1950s.  The 65th is credited with participation in nine campaigns, and its members have at least 10 Distinguished Service Cross awards, 256 Silver Stars and 596 Bronze Stars. More than 750 Puerto Ricans lost their lives in Korea.

Code Talkers

American Indians were instrumental in ending world wars as communication specialists who used their native language to send secret messages on the battlefield. At least 14 native nations served including the Navajo (or Diné), Cherokee and Comanche in the Pacific theater during World War II, and the Choctaw Telephone Squad during WWI.

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Tuskegee Airmen

Tuskegee Airmen were the first black flying unit of the US Army Air Forces during WWII.  The 99th Pursuit Squadron was the first unit that eventually joined three more squadrons  in 1944 making up the 32nd Fighter Group who fought in the European theatre and was the most successful and most-decorated escort groups.  992 pilots graduated from the Tuskegee Air Field courses, and they flew 1,578 missions and 15,533 sorties, destroyed 261 enemy aircraft, and won more than 850 medals.

 
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“Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.”

Heraclitus

 

Contact

47 Crescent St., Willimantic, CT 06226

860-423-6389

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