We are, in good faith, applying for our 501 3C status. We are currently registered with the state of Arkansas. Our mailing address is: Museum of Veterans and Military History, P.O. Box 668, Vilonia, Arkansas 72173.
13 South College Street, Vilonia, Arkansas 72173
The Museum of Veterans and Military History in Vilonia, officially opened the doors on Nov. 10, 2012 with more than 400 in attendance. During the year of 2012, we have hosted about 3,000 visitors.
The Museum of Veterans and Military history conducts programs which provide outreach service to schools, veterans, community centers, agencies and organizations through the following:
–Provides an opportunity for students to meet one-on-one with veterans allowing generational interaction.
–Provides students attending public and private school as well as students being home-schooled an opportunity to visit the museum with their teachers using it as a teaching tool.
–Coordinates a Veterans Day program for the community.
–Provides free coffee to veterans.
–Provides both adult and youth opportunities for those needing community service hours.
–Sponsors programs addressing veterans affairs, historical events and military interests.
–Sponsors military related programs for the community such as civil war reenactments.
What to Expect Inside
Mannequins are dressed in uniforms from the Civil War to Iraqi Freedom as well as there are sites
honoring POW’s and MIA’s. Helmets, flags and gear that has been used during combat situations is also on display.
A popular room, ”LZ Green,” may not be for the squeamish at heart. It is a room dedicated to Vietnam Veterans with murals on the walls and combat veteran mannequins, created by ninth grade art students under the direction of their teacher, with the sights and sounds of war. Two Vietnam veterans have served as consultants creating supporting combat scenes and a tiger case simulating the fate of the POW—prisoner of war.
The historic two-story house, home to the museum, served as a girls’ dormitory for the Arkansas Holiness
College in the early 1900s. According to reports, the house once had a tunnel that led to the
college which was then located across U.S. Highway 64. After the closing, the house served as an orphanage.
Later, it was turned into a residence. In April 2011, it was hit by the tornado causing damage.
In October 2011, volunteers began restoring it and turning it into the Museum of Veterans and Military History. It is a grass roots effort funded by donations and fundraisers.
Centark Investments LLC, which includes three families Ralph and Sherri Lachowsky, Johnnie and Kelli Wells and Stanley Gordon Jr. and his wife, Melanie, donated the use of the house for the project.