Delaware Military Museum Fact Sheet
Delaware needs a Military Museum!
Delaware has a story to tell of its uniformed servicemen and women. It is one of the only states in the
nation that does not have a museum dedicated to its Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen. A dedicated
group is out to rectify this oversight by establishing a place that recognizes the sacrifices of more than 350
years of service to Delaware and the nation.
Who is building the museum?
The Delaware Military Heritage and Education Foundation, Inc. is responsible. The DMHEF collects and
preserves material evidence associated with Delaware related military units and individuals of the uniformed
services of the State and the United States, and interprets it so that coming generations will understand the
values of courage, loyalty and responsibility that inspire such service.
Where will the museum be located?
The Delaware Military Heritage and Educational Foundation Inc. will operate a suitable museum and
educational facility to interpret and display items from its collection to the general public. The State of
Delaware has provided to us the building known as Burton Hall to house and display the collections of the
Foundation. Burton Hall is located at Fort duPont in Delaware City, Delaware. Fort duPont was
constructed in 1861 as a shore battery to augment nearby historic Fort Delaware in the Delaware River.
Today it is a state park.
Burton Hall was the former Post Exchange / Gymnasium, built in 1906 constructed of brick in a style
reminiscent of the Beaux Arts style. It is majestically sited at the head of a very long greensward on the
Fort duPont parade ground with the Delaware River to its back. It is structurally sound, but requires
extensive repairs and renovations to the building. The first step in bringing this elegant structure back to life
is to obtain a professionally developed concept plan from an architectural engineering firm.
Fort duPont was placed on the National Historic Register in 1999. This designation included Burton Hall
that qualified under Criterion A for national coastal defense and Criterion C for standard military
What else does the DMHEF do?
The Delaware Military Heritage and Education Foundation has preserved and restored military artwork
throughout the State of Delaware. They have compiled an extensive collection of military artifacts and
archival materials. They have cataloged and stored these materials in a secure environment and are
assessing needs for preservation and restoration as required. The DMHEF archives are a rich source for
Delaware history educators and researchers.
We need your help.
Please join us in building a permanent monument to our servicemen and women. We’d like you on the team
as a financial supporter, as a volunteer, or simply as a person interested in preserving Delaware’s Military
As a member of our Foundation, you will receive the following benefits:
• Free admission to the Museum
• Invitations to special events
• Subscriptions to the Newsletter, and periodic e-bulletins
• Discount for the current on-line museum gift shop merchandise
• Invitation to annual meeting
• Admission to lectures
• Our charter member lapel pin, and membership certificate
□ Annual Student/Cadet $15 □ Annual Military Veteran $25
□ Annual Individual Membership, $35 □ Annual Family Membership, $50
□ Annual Corporate Membership, $500 □ Lifetime Membership, $1500
You can print this form and mail it to us, with your check to the address below:
MilHeritage@aol.com, or write us at:
Delaware Military Museum
Delaware Military Heritage and Education Foundation. Inc.
First Regiment Road, Wilmington, Delaware 19808-2191
The Delaware Military Heritage and Education Foundation, Inc. is an IRS 501(c)(3) organization; EIN 20-2467191.