EIN 35-1300823

War Veterans Memorial Shrine of American History

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Three objectives define our mission statement designated by founders eric and cleo scott: to provide a forever Memorial for all military Veterans of the united states; to preserve artifacts of their service to give future generations a better understa...
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Program areas at War Veterans Memorial Shrine of American History

The biggest project that was completed during fy 2023 was we began receiving donations in fall 2021 toward building the 6,000 square foot w. paul wolf War History museum. Upon completion (scheduled for march 2023), we will move the artifacts from the current building to the new museum gallery along with installing new reader boards, maps for each major War, and new displays. The anticipated grand opening date of the museum is scheduled for Memorial day weekend 2023. We have a guest book that visitors are encouraged to sign located inside the museum gallery. Data from the guestbook indicates the following number of documented visitors (calendar years 2019 930, 2020 800 (year of covid), 2021 4,356, 2022 3,375. It should be noted that not all visitors sign the guest book. The data also does not capture the number of people who come to walk the grounds and look at the memorials/monuments during off-hours. The grounds are open dawn to dusk and the museums hours are posted on our website honoringforever.org and our facebook page. Current memorials/monuments/macro artifacts located on our 40-acre property include: an 80% replica of the vietnam wall, the rock of the marne division, 7th armored division, korean War, revolutionary War, iraq/afghanistan, purple heart, civil War cenotaph area, world War ii, vietnam War Memorial, watchtower, indianas merci boxcar, two artillery pieces, two navy anchors, and a water buffalo. One of the newest memorials currently in the fund raising phase is the gold star family Memorial. The civil War monument was funded this fiscal year with an anticipated dedication date of spring/summer 2023. We continue to work with organizations and individuals who are interested in sponsoring additional monuments. Our museum has over 2,500 military artifacts in inventory. The displays range from the revolutionary War through current conflicts with representation from all the branches of service. People continue to donate artifacts from family members to the museum so that those pieces of History are not lost. Future plans: - sterling chapel ground has been broken for this building; however, we continue to actively fundraise for this project. Legacy bricks (in honor of/in memory of someone) are still available for purchase. These bricks will be placed on the front exterior wall of the chapel. - indianas merci boxcar the boxcar was media blasted and repainted during the summer of 2022. Shields and ribbons still need to be mounted to the boxcar. Plans are to re-dedicate the boxcar in 2024. The national organization (mercitrain.org) is working on events to recognize the 75th anniversary of the 49 boxcars arriving in america from france in 2024. - pavilion in need of some repairs to make the building weather tight. - pathway of History provide an educational experience outside on our grounds for visitors (e.g., students, Veterans, interested people, etc.) To learn about the various wars and conflicts the united states has been involved in. Some of these monuments include: revolutionary War, civil War, world War i, world War ii, korean War, desert storm, oef/oif, gold star families, and War dogs. - education - actively recruit groups (e.g., students, Veterans, seniors, scouts, bike/car groups, etc.) To tour the museum and grounds. - convert the old museum gallery space into an event space for meetings, dinners, etc. - convert the current torpedo room into a library/research space. We have a large volume of books and other paper documents that researchers would be interested in. We do not receive any oversight from county/state/federal government. We operate through donations from individuals, organizations, and businesses. We are an all volunteer organization except for a part-time curator beginning september 15, 2022. This salary is paid through a grant from the james foundation.

Who funds War Veterans Memorial Shrine of American History

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift FundFor Grant Recipient's Exempt Purposes$130,000
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift FundFor Grant Recipient's Exempt Purposes$130,000
American Legion Post 97 DekalbMuseum Support$12,510
...and 1 more grant received

Personnel at War Veterans Memorial Shrine of American History

Greg BedfordCommander$0
Pat FraizerBoard Member$0
Sharon HudsonSecretary and Treasurer / President$0

Financials for War Veterans Memorial Shrine of American History

RevenuesFYE 03/2023
Total grants, contributions, etc.$555,634
Program services$0
Investment income and dividends$1,203
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$1,321
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$2,164
Miscellaneous revenues$21,759
Total revenues$582,081

Form 990s for War Veterans Memorial Shrine of American History

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2023-032024-01-31990View PDF
2022-032023-02-02990View PDF
2021-032022-01-20990View PDF

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Data update history
December 24, 2023
Received grants
Identified 1 new grant, including a grant for $12,510 from American Legion Post 97 Dekalb
November 23, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 4 new personnel
August 13, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2021
June 19, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
June 9, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 14 new personnel
Nonprofit Types
Civic / social organizationsMilitary and veteran charitiesArts, culture, and humanities nonprofitsMuseumsCharities
Arts, cultural, and humanitiesMilitary and veterans
Fundraising eventsTax deductible donationsNo full-time employees
General information
PO Box 26
Arcola, IN 46704
Metro area
Fort Wayne, IN
Allen County, IN
Website URL
(260) 615-2288
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Form 990
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
A54: History Museums
NAICS code, primary
813410: Civic and Social Organizations
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