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1 State of the 116th Infantry Regiment Foundation and Museum th Infantry Regiment Foundation, Inc. Dec 2014

2 Museum Visitation Information  2013  Signed Guest Book 93 – Only 50% of Visitors Sign – Estimated visitors 180  2014  1 Jan through 16 Jun – Actual Signatures – 125  17 Jun through 8 Nov – Actual Signatures – 189  Education Field Trip Visitors – 20 students and teachers in one group  After Hours Museum Events in 2014  Sons of American Revolution (SAR) - Meeting and Tour  Augusta County Historic Society -Tour  Educational and Theatrical Presentations Supported with Credits – 2  High School - Loan of Uniforms Viewed by approximately 300  The Tuesday Mourning Players Presentations during November – Viewed by approximately 600  Special Research Visits – 1 (The John O. Marsh, Major of ST. Lo Research Team – 3 members)  Partnership Staff Visits - 2 (Virginia War Memorial, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library – 6 members each)  Total estimated “on site” visitors for 2014 – 611

3 Collection Status  Estimated Total Collection – Approximately 2500 Major Items and 200 Linear Ft. of Media, Books, Documents and Papers  Status  Items Identified, in Processing, or on Exhibit  880* Items converted to searchable PDF for transition to PastPerfect Data Program  105 Items transitioned to the PastPerfect, Museum Inventory Program  90* ft of Documents and Photographs in processing  44 ft of Documents, Tapes, Films, Photos and Papers to be processed  50 ft to be converted to PDF format; 8 ft converted to PDF and awaiting PastPerfect Transition. * Includes 311 Books in the 116 th IRF, Inc. Library Collection. Does not include the Hart Memorial Library (listed as separate inventory of books - not scheduled for digital conversion)

4 New or Updated Exhibits  “Ever Forward Statue” Unveiled in France; Rotating Miniature added in Museum  Regimental Medal of Honor (MOH) Exhibits updated. Sgt. Earl Gregory; Tech Sgt. Frank D. Peregoy Actual MOH, various decorations and uniform items  Monticello Guard Exhibit updated and new mannequin added  Civil War Saber added on exhibit with CSA CAV Officer  Spanish Am War Exhibit Updated  WWI H.L. Opie Exhibit, added Oil Portrait, items (Pocket Watch, Awards, etc.)  WWI Collection Co E Field Table and Desk on Exhibit  WWI and WWII NCO Focused Exhibits added: S/SGT Knapp WWI Springfield Rifle; Tech Sgt. Harris; Staff Sgt. Coffman Exhibits added for WWII 75 th D-Day Anniversary  WWII E.W. Opie Exhibit linked to Major Howie Exhibit. Focused on their mentor relationship documented by letters and Howie’s WWII V-Mail of 6 July  WWII D-Day Exhibits updated - added.30 Cal US. M1919A6 MG; D-Day Flotation Belt; 1903A3 Springfield Sniper Rifle, Solder Art - Canteen etching of D-Day  WWII US Army small arms ammunition exhibit established  WWII German M42 Machinegun added to collection. Exhibited near Peregoy Exhibit  GWOT - added mannequin in uniform exhibit – Need Load Bearing Equipment

5 116 th IRF, Inc. Programs Initiatives, and Opportunities  Programs Educational Internships - James Madison University, Liberty University and VMI Partnerships – Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, Virginia War Memorial Affiliations - Augusta Country Historic Society and Stonewall Band Affiliations Conversion of 20 tapped Living Histories of D-Day WWII Vets to CD Media - Ongoing  Initiatives "Ever Forward" Monument – Completed - Still need donations to pay off Fund Raising, Weapons Raffle, and Grant Requests $12,000 to $15,000 – Ongoing  Reestablishment of the US Army Regimental System with the 116 th BCT  Army National Guard (USARS-ARNG) NGR  116 th IRF, Inc. is the 116 th Infantry Regimental Museum  Artifact Searches and Funding Programs for our Collection are: 5th Virginia Regiments Colors, and 1st Virginia CAV Colors – Ongoing Searches with City of Staunton, VA Jed Hotchkiss's Binoculars he used to make maps for Stonewall Brigade Civil War – Located in Private Collection. An actual Hotchkiss Map with General Robert E. Lee’s signature is on display by City of Staunton  Opportunities  Establishing dialogue with Staunton School Board for local field trips to museum  116th BCT - GWOT equipment, documents, individual and unit histories. Needed  Staunton Military Academy Collection - Continuity Of Operation Plan Program - Discussions  Futures Planning – Multi-Use Facility to promote and maintain Education, History, the Arts, Culture, and Music of Augusta County while promoting tourism and enhancing the economy. Long Range Planning

6 Proposed Research Projects, Unit Histories, and Individual Living Histories  The Collection “To Do List” and Volunteer Projects  Global War on Terror (GWOT) Fallen Heroes – Awaiting 116 th BCT Input  116th IRF, Inc. Events and Board Meeting Dates posted on Web Site and Museum  Speakers Bureau – Point of Contact Von Hardesty  Rotary Club POC Bob Moody,  AM Legion, VFW, DAV Retirement Communities – TBA  Lectures Program at UVA, Other Forums – Ted Shuey and Von Hardesty  Research Projects, Unit Histories, and Individual Living Histories – 116 th BCT and Volunteers  John O. Marsh – Living History, Volunteer Needed  JTF Normandy in Kuwait – LTC Epperly  JTF 116th/183rd Deployments Iraqi and Afghanistan – MG Williams, BG Ottner  116th Regimental Commanders 1742 through Present, Volunteer Needed  116th Regimental Senior Regimental Non Commissioned Officers 1742 to Present, Volunteer Needed  The Story of Major (Retired) Reese T. Gurbert, 116 th Regiment Soldier, Historian, Lineage Genealogist, Photographer, and Achieves Founder - February 10, January 2, 1962, Volunteer Needed

7 Volunteer Program and Sponsors  Volunteers currently. We need more volunteers.  We have flexible dates and hours during the BOD meeting weeks to accommodated volunteers (Tues – Sat)  Call or contact Craig for scheduling. Phone ;  Remote Virtual Collection Inventory Tools allows interactive help from home. Online training provided.  We are soliciting qualified museum professionals and regimental members to be and available as Board Members or Associates  Please contact us via our web-site. Elections in Jan  The Foundation has no paid staff, State or Federal Funds – Grants being requested.  News Letters and Web Site 116thfoundation.org input always needed - Web Master Frank Dillon  The Foundation is a member of the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)  Museum open Monday through Saturday 1000 through 1700  Museum Access support provided by the Spoils of War – Ends in 2015 – Date TBA  Volunteers needed to keep the Museum open to the public and support our 503(c) not for profit status  Major Sponsors  Luray Caverns  VENTURES INC.  VFW and American Legion  29 th Division Association Posts  Regimental Members and Friends


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