Our mission is to honor, preserve, and perpetuate the memory and dignity of the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. We support the community through our museum activities, educational programs, oral histories, and community programs that keep alive the contributions and experiences of those who served. All monies raised goes directly to supporting the MVVM’s programs and operations.
The mission of the Museum began in the summer of 2009 with the goal of making sure that our veterans:
“Shall Not Be Forgotten.”
First and foremost, to honor and preserve the memory of local veterans through a museum dedicated to their contributions, to create and protect the freedoms that we as Americans enjoy. To serve as an educational tool that teaches youth about our military involvement throughout the world, and finally to provide a unique tourist destination in the Miami Valley.
For many years, a local veteran collected military memorabilia. The collection was primarily about WWII, but his archive did not stop at WWII. As veterans throughout the area, having served in the various wars and conflicts, learned about him they found a temporary shelter for their items to be held in perpetuity until a veteran’s museum might come to pass.
For years, this veteran’s wife had wished to have her house back and not long after her passing came the opportunity to make that wish a reality. After being selected to serve as one of four Grand Marshals for the 2009 July 4th parade in Miami County, a chance encounter with the Independence Day Celebration Association (IDCA) President and Grand Marshal Emcee put the wheels in motion to create the Miami Valley Veterans Museum.
Almost immediately upon their introduction to each other, the veteran shared not only his thoughts about a museum but also shared his collection. Although only a small portion of the tour was given, both quickly realized that there was much to offer the community and agreed that a veteran’s museum was a great idea. With venues like WACO Field, the Neil Armstrong Museum and the National Museum of the United States Air Force all within a reasonable distance, and connection with many “famous” veterans including NASA Astronauts Neil Armstrong of Wapakoneta, John Glenn of New Concord, and Nancy Currie of Troy, the idea made sense. It was at this point they began an effort to recruit volunteers to help turn the idea into reality. Over the next few months, several small fundraising activities occurred the Museum started to take shape. Enough money was raised to pay for both the incorporation and 501(c)(3) filing fees.
In June 2010, the Museum was officially incorporated and the initial board comprised of seven officers and eight trustees. Of the 15 positions, more than half were held by veterans having served in every major conflict since WWII. The remaining board members each have close connections to the community and museum having lived in the Miami Valley most of their lives and/or having family members who served in the Armed Forces. On September 14, 2010, the Museum was approved as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit. Although the Museum board has changed over the last few years, the Museum is still dedicated to honoring, preserving, and perpetuating the service of Miami Valley Veterans.
The Museum began in the home of a veteran as a private collection, then opened its doors at the old Stouder Hospital in Troy, OH. Shortly after outgrowing the space there, the Museum again moved into downtown Troy on the second from of the Franklin Lodge.
The efforts of bringing this museum to fruition have culminated in a permanent location through the support of you, the community. We invite each of you to attend a meeting, be a volunteer and get involved. This is a legacy that can be passed down the generations and it is the duty of each and every individual to ensure that the legacy of our veterans lives on, just as they chose to ensure that Freedom lived on, many through the ultimate sacrifice.
Meet the Staff
Tristan Weis, President
Dave Gawronski, Vice President
Carl, DeSantis, Director of Communications
Lora Larck, Secretary
Brenda Cooper, Treasurer
Jeff Stapleton, Executive Director
Terry Purke, Curator and Volunteer
Linda Shuman, Historian and Trustee
Rick Egbert, Collection Manager and Trustee
Gary Sargent, Librarian and Volunteer
Clarence Vore, Trustee
Patty Rose, Trustee
Rocky Hornbeck, Trustee
Miami Valley Veterans Museum 107 West Main Street P.O. Box 154 Troy, Ohio 45373-0154 (937) 332-8852 Contact Us
Open every Wednesday and Saturday from 9am to 1pm
Join us on the first Wednesday of each month for free coffee and donuts and guest speakers at 9am.
We are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization supporting veterans and communities of the Miami Valley.