Veterans Heritage Learning Center

Fundraising Campaign

 

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Our Mission Statement

“The New Hampshire Veterans Heritage Learning Center offers a robust, creative and interactive educational environment for students and the public to learn about the selfless service and sacrifice of our NH military veterans and their vital role in all aspects of our nation’s distinguished military history.”

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In the Beginning... The NH State Veterans Cemetery has become a living memorial. Family, friends, veterans groups and students from local schools come to visit, see and learn about the generations of veterans buried here. Soon after the Cemetery’s opening we recognized the importance of providing a resource to the public to facilitate education about our honored veterans and the crucial role they have played in securing our freedom. Thus, the idea of the Veterans Heritage Learning Center was born.

New Hampshire has a long and proud military history dating back to the 1600’s. Over the course of almost four centuries, one in every ten Granite Staters has served in our nation’s military. New Hampshire’s history of military service is significant and needs to be shared with all generations, from the very young to the very old. The Association advanced the Learning Center project start - up funds in order to support the early planning and design of the various aspects of the Center including the development of a documentary film ("A Living Memorial"), internal interactive and static exhibit plan, and construction of the Learning Center core. The 1200 square foot Learning Center attached to the back of the current Administration Building will house kiosk exhibits of NH heroes, a multi-media "Foot Locker theater" featuring hands-on exhibits and military items from various wars and services, interactive learning and a “Journey of the NH Soldier” time line. An interactive “NH Veterans Serve” Touch Table will be located in the middle of the Center where visitors may explore NH military units and their participation in wars and campaigns throughout our history. The Center is designed to be multi-functional, where the portable display walls and Footlocker seating can be moved to open the area to host meetings or a more traditional classroom configuration. The Center plans to be part of a New Hampshire historical curriculum (which the Center will assist in designing) and connect to a larger network of historical sites throughout the state to form a network of educational opportunities for teachers and students when planning excursions outside the classroom.  

The Learning Center...

Visitors to the Cemetery, including over 600 students annually, currently learn about and make personal connections with the over 10,700 NH veterans and family members buried on the grounds. Through the 20 Points of History constructed in 2000, and updated in 2015, along with the Memorial Walkway, visitors gain knowledge of New Hampshire veterans who have served our country. The new Veterans Heritage Learning Center will expand these educational opportunities by creating an interactive “classroom”, enhancing and connecting the history and events inside the Center with the stories of those interred, making real, the history of NH and our country.

The State of New Hampshire owns the building in which the NH Veterans Cemetery Association's Veterans Heritage Learning Center resides. The Association is responsible for planning any improvements to infrastructure as well as supporting operations that benefit the Cemetery. Once a project is approved by the State, the Association is responsible for raising funds from the private sector to support enhancements and program.

The plan is to create a flexible schedule for the Veterans Heritage Learning Center to be staffed and functional as soon as possible for students, educators and visitors. Future programming and operations for the Center will be sustained through donations to the Learning Center and an endowment fund to sustain operations. Association leadership expects the number of students visiting the Center to triple within 3 years and the number of schools participating to expand substantially. 

To complete the Veterans Heritage Learning Center, NH Veterans Cemetery Association is undertaking a $700,000 building campaign broken down as follows:

  • Construction of internal general public entrance area and inside exhibits ..............................................................$75,000
  • Creation of multi-mode AV suite and system with equipment: creation of 3-5 interactive kiosks; development of programming of software system; creation of interactive touch table; ............................................................................................................................................ $250,000
  • Funding the expanded Program capacity (3 years) including creating curriculum for Schools (middle school and high school), staffing, annual maintenance and upgrades of computer programs................................................................................................................................$150,000
  • Furniture, movable exhibit walls, landscaping............................................................................................................$75,000
  • Repay advancement from the Association (which has covered costs of building, software, display designs, production of documentary film)..............................$150,000

The Association hopes to complete this campaign by the Spring of 2019 with opening of the Learning Center scheduled for November 11, 2018 to coincide with the 100th Anniversary of Veterans Day. Individuals, families, businesses and foundations are encouraged to contribute to this  campaign in a variety of ways, including cash contributions and gifts of marketable securities. Representatives will be available to discuss naming opportunities and special giving recognition with donors throughout the campaign. Pledges may be paid over a three –year period. Tributes and/or memorials are encouraged.

All contributions are tax deductible.

Naming Opportunities

In order to achieve our fundraising goal, we are offering the opportunity for donor naming opportunities. Each donation level below will afford an exclusive naming opportunity which will remain in effect for 10 years.

Naming Opportunities

Opportunities

Amount

Reserved**/Committed*

Named Endowment Fund $500,000

 

Learning Center                                                         

$150,000

  Reserved

Exhibit 10 – “NH Veterans Serve” Touch Table ##

$75,000

 

Exhibit 14 - Remembrance Station ##

$75,000

  Reserved

Exhibit 11 “On this Day” (Lrg Wall Touchscreen) ##

$75,000

 

Exhibit 13 “Where are they now?” (Lrg Wall Touchscreen) ##

$75,000

 

Exhibit 12 - Wall of Honor Panel (MOH Recipients)

$50,000

 

Main Entrance Sign (next to entrance walkway)

$50,000

 

Entrance Vestibule w/full wall display case

$50,000

 

Rear Walkway Sign (rear walkway near fountain)

$40,000

 

Exhibit 5 “Against All Odds (WWI & WWII)” 

$40,000

  Committed

28 Min "A Living Memorial" NHVCA Documentary Video

$25,000

 
Media Control Room $25,000

  Committed

Exhibit 3 “Live Free or Die” (non-interactive) $20,000

  Reserved

Exhibit 4 “Trial By Fire” (non-interactive) $20,000

  Committed

Exhibit 6 “Against All Odds (Korea & Vietnam) (Interactive Kiosk) ## $20,000

 

Exhibit 7 “Duel in the Desert” (Desert Storm -> today)” (Interactive Kiosk) ## $20,000

 

Exhibit 6 “Against All Odds (Korea & Vietnam)”  (Left panel) $10,000

   Committed

Exhibit 6 “Against All Odds (Korea & Vietnam)”  (Right panel) $10,000

 

Exhibit 7 “Duel in the Desert” (Desert Storm -> today)” (Left Panel)

$10,000  

Exhibit 7 “Duel in the Desert” (Desert Storm -> today)” (Right Panel)

$10,000

 

Theater Screen

$10,000

  Committed

8 Minute VHLC Short Video

$10,000

  Committed

Exhibit 1 “You are Here” panel (non-interactive)

$10,000

   Committed

Exhibit 2 “Many Faiths-One Mission” (non-interactive)

$10,000

   Committed

Landscaping

$5,000

   Committed

Multimedia Control Suite $5,000

   Reserved

Granite Benches

$5,000 ea

    Committed (3)

Climate Controlled Display case

$5,000 

   Committed

Wall of Honor Podium $3,000

   Reserved

Portable Podium $3,000

 

Exhibit 8 - Footlocker Theater (12 bench lockers)

$3,000 ea

   Committed (7) Available (5)

Exhibit 9 - “Granite State Heroes” Story Panels (14)

$3,000 ea

   Committed (11) Available (3)

 

                   ##   = Interactive       * Committed = Donation received  for exhibit   **  Reserved = Donation pledged for exhibit


How to Donate

ANNUAL PLEDGE: For those wishing to donate to the Veterans Heritage Learning Center campaign and spread the payments over a period of up to 3 years. We accept pledge commitments with payment options of Quarterly, Semi-annually or annually. To pledge your donation to the Veterans Heritage Learning Center, fill out the easy form and mail it in with the initial payment.

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ONLINE: Donations can be made online by clicking on "Donate" at the top right of the screen and entering the amount you wish to donate in the box on the right. Your credit card will be billed the amount you provide through a secure banking service and you will receive a confirmation of your donation via email.

BY CHECK: If you wish to mail a check, please make out the check to "NH Veterans Cemetery Association" and send it to:

     NH Veterans Cemetery Association, Inc.
     P.O. Box 626
     Concord, NH 03302-0626
** Be sure to put "Veterans Heritage Learning Center Donation" in the memo field of your check.

We thank you in advance for your consideration to donate or sponsor the Veterans Heritage Learning Center.  By donating to this project, your contribution will assist in our goal of bringing a continuing awareness to our Military heritage and all our Veterans who have served with honor and distinction.

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Thank You!

NHVCA Board of Directors

 

About NHVCA

Establishment and maintenance of the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery as a dignified, final resting place which honors all veterans and eligible dependents and reflects the State’s pride and gratitude for their service to the State and Nation.

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NH Veterans Cemetery Association, Inc.
PO Box 626
Concord, NH 03302-0626

(603) 796-2026

Email: info@nhvca.org