The American Veterans Heritage Center (AVHC) is a non-profit, (501c3) corporation. We honor the accomplishments of veterans while preserving a priceless piece of national and local history – the Soldiers Home located at the VA Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. We invite you to take your place in history by helping us make this venture a success! We are not a government agency nor affiliated or supported by the Federal Government.
The scope of our activities include historic preservation projects, events, tours, and our festival, “The Patriot Freedom Festival,” which is held annually on the weekend before Memorial Day at the Dayton VA for the benefit of the on-campus as well as off-campus veterans, their families, and the community. The Miami Valley Military History Museum is located in the historic Putnam Library, (Bldg. 120), along with our AVHC Headquarters.
We are dedicated to preserving priceless historic structures.
We are dedicated to sharing this proud history with all generations.
We are dedicated to engaging the support of like-minded people and groups.
Monday through Friday, 9AM to 3PM (NOTE: Hours are contingent on volunteer availability)
Every patriotic holiday: Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Pearl Harbor Day, etc. Tours can be arranged for other times by calling the office at (937) 267-7628.
Visitors with special needs: Wheelchairs are permitted; a ramp is located at the rear of the building. We also have a conventional wheelchair available for your use.
Help us preserve the best of our past! For most volunteer positions the only requirements are an interest in history, a desire to serve our veterans, and a willingness to make a regular commitment. Applicants with special skills and training may be assigned to areas that require specific knowledge and work experience. Typical assignments are:
- Office staff
- Act as docents in the museum and other buildings
- Conduct tours
- Provide presentations (on and off campus)
We always need volunteers during our special events – work crews, logistics, guides, docents, and committee chairs. There are no specified days or hours for work. Volunteer time is based on the availability of the volunteers and the needs of the particular area. Two to four hours, one or two days per week, are usual.
Volunteers can also receive awards through the Veterans Administration Voluntary Service program, based on the number of volunteer hours accrued during the year. According to the Independent Sector (the leadership network for nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good in America and around the world), each volunteer hour is valued at $21.79.
To volunteer, call or visit us – we will be happy to discuss ways you can use your talents and interests while preserving the history of our Nation’s defenders!
The AVHC Board of Trustees
President: Honorable Walter H. Rice
President Emeritus: Margaret Kruckemeyer
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer: Dennis Samic
Vice President: Harry Seifert
Vice President: James Snyder
Treasurer: Everett Odgers
Secretary: David Neuhardt
Trustee: David Clapper
Trustee: Mark Conrad
Trustee: Cindy LaPointe-Dafler
Trustee: Cynthia Ferguson
Trustee: John Gower
Trustee: Walt Harrison
Trustee: Karla Garrett-Harshaw
Trustee: Kathy Hayes
Trustee: Judd Plattenburg
Trustee: David Judson
Trustee: Dan Kirkpatrick
Trustee: Clinton Allen
Trustee: Bill DeFries
Trustee: Edward Mechenbier (Honorary)
Long known as the “Gem City,” Dayton’s true unpolished gem is its ongoing contribution to American freedom through
support for the U.S. military. The city, its residents, and its businesses/industry have played key roles in numerous national
defense and national pride initiatives, including, but not limited to, Wright Patterson Air Force Base’s aeromedical
contributions to the American space program, Monsanto’s involvement in the Manhattan Project, NCR’s World War II
manufacturing efforts and role in breaking the Enigma Code, Dayton’s status as ‘birthplace of aviation’ and all its
subsequent military and civilian aerospace contributions, and, of course, the role of the sprawling Dayton VA campus as a
birthplace of veteran’s medical care in the United States. However, these historic achievements don’t even begin to scratch
the surface of what the Miami Valley has done and been . . . and what it can be again.
Download the Full Plan (PDF) – AVHC Strategic Plan – 2016
Downloadable Forms and Reports
4100 W. Third St.
Dayton, OH 45428
P.O. Box 1366
Fairborn, OH 45324
Hours of operation
Monday through Friday
9AM to 3PM
or by appointment
Office: (937) 267-7628