Why A Veterans Museum?
"So that the future can understand what the past gave in the name of Freedom"
Redding California has long been the last major city along the 1-5 corridor when entering and departing California. With the Shasta Lake and Whiskeytown Lake recreational areas, Redding has now become a final destination point for those looking for a long awaited vacation and for those looking for a place to live, with better way of life. Now that Redding has become the host city for the Northern California Veterans Cemetery, Veterans Administration Medical Clinic of Northern California, and the the upcoming California Veterans Home. It seems only appropriate that Redding should be host to a state of the art, world class Veterans Museum to honor the men and women who have served honorably both living and to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
The number one theme behind the Northern California Veterans Museum and Heritage Center will be to honor the service and sacrifices of all branches in the United States Military during peace time and times of war. The idea of a Northern California Veterans Museum is to present a dynamic and educational resource for those who come to experience the Museum. The Museum will consist of numerous state of the art exhibits, utilizing sight, sound and smell to help guests interact in order to have a better understanding of what military personnel past and present are subjected to while serving this great nation at home and abroad. The Museum's state of the art exhibits will tell the personal stories of the heroes and heroines of our Nation.
The Northern California Veterans Museum and Heritage Center will consist of 100,000 to 125,000 square feet of exhibit space, a gift shop, a central courtyard/amphitheater for lectures and events, a research library, chapel, Medal of Honor Exhibit and a Monument Row dedicated to bases/units stationed throughout California's history. The Museum will also have facilities available to readily accommodate groups including Veteran's association reunions. The Museum will be capable of storing and refurbishing thousands of historical artifacts. This collection will range from large military vehicles, aircraft, weapons and equipment to archival materials relating to America's Military History.
Tours that we offer include: Artifacts, dioramas, oral histories, photographs, electrical maps and specific theme tours. By sharing these resources and experiences, we will be better equipped to educate future generations about the price that has been paid for our Freedom and the prosperity that we as Americans enjoy today.