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Incorporates Under New Name - Closes on Property
Wells, TX - On Tuesday, April 27th, The National Vietnam War Museum
received clearance from the Texas Secretary of State to incorporate
under that name. While the original choice was to use the name The National
Museum of the Vietnam War, because of Texas laws of incorporation,
a conflict was discovered. Another museum was already incorporated in
the state, whose official name also started with The National Museum
As they were not willing to authorize the use of that naming
convention by another organization, The National Vietnam War Museum
was required to find a new name prior to incorporating.
the name has changed, the mission of the museum has not, providing a
place of learning to aid in the understanding of an era. Toward that
end, the museum has recently acquired 12 acres in Mineral Wells. This
property, bordered on the north by US Highway 180 and on the south by
the Rails-to-Trails State Park, is just east of the former Fort Wolters.
Fort Wolters was the site of the US Army Primary Helicopter School and
the place where the majority of the Vietnam era helicopter pilots began
is a day we have been looking forward to for three long years,
said Museum Director Charles S. Bogle, when the museum committee closed
on the property. It is an incredible sense of accomplishment to
see that we have made significant progress toward achieving our dream.
In addition to the work of the museum committee in reaching this first
goal, a great deal of credit goes to a local Mineral Wells civic organization
- The Friends of the Museum which was formed last year. This
organization was an outgrowth of the local participation in helping
the museum committee and the Fort Wolters Chapter of the Vietnam Helicopter
Pilots Association in bringing the Vietnam Moving Wall to Mineral Wells
over the Fourth of July.
through the efforts of the Friends organization, the funds for the purchase
of the property were raised in the local community through a program
of Honorary Landowners. Through this, and other tax-exempt
contributions, the museum has raised a steady, albeit modest stream
of funds. However, in the near future, a national architectural competition
for the design of the museum building and grounds will be announced.
This will be accompanied by the first national fund raising drive, with
the ultimate goal of opening the museum in the fourth quarter of 2002.
its cultural and military importance, there is no national venue dedicated
to examining the Vietnam War. The National Vietnam War Museum will be
designed to put the experience in broader cultural and historical perspective
and further our understanding of this important moment in American history.
learn more about the efforts to establish The National Vietnam War Museum,
contact them at P.O. Box 146, Mineral Wells, TX 76068.
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