The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation provided multiple interactive kiosks for exhibits in museums and institutions across the country to preserve the memory and meaning of the nation's highest military honor. These state-of-the-art exhibits allow visitors to explore and learn in-depth about the Medal of Honor through presentations which include video, historic artifacts and interactive elements.
Using hundreds of original artifacts and graphics, the permanent Price of Freedom: Americans at War exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History surveys the history of America’s military from the colonial era to present, exploring ways that wars have been defining episodes in American History. It tells how Americans fought to establish the nation’s independence, determine its borders, shape its values of freedom and opportunity and define its role in world affairs.
The Foundation worked with the Capitol Visitor Center project staff to incorporate a Medal of Honor exhibit into the new Capitol Visitor Center when it opened in December of 2008. As of May 2009 more than one million visitors had been welcomed to the U.S. Capitol through this new center, more than double the previous year before the Visitor Center was open. The Medal of Honor was established by an Act of Congress in 1861 and is awarded in its name. Until several years ago, the very first Medal of Honor, awarded to Private Jacob Parrot during the Civil War, was on display in the Capitol Building. There are 22 Medal of Honor Recipients who have served in Congress.
Ronald Reagan made a point of honoring American Heroes. His State of the Union Addresses began a tradition of extending the nation’s gratitude to ordinary citizens who met extraordinary challenges. This gallery tells the stories of these heroes from yesterday and today.
In March 2007, the Foundation provided the first prototype Medal of Honor kiosk to the Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA. The kiosk contains a complete Medal of Honor database selectable by name, service or war. A second prototype with living history videos was installed in May 2009. It contains more than 115 five-to-eight minute short stories told by the Recipients themselves using interview footage, action file footage, narration and music to enhance the overall content and impact. In 2015, the kiosks were updated to include recent Recipients from the War in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Museum of Flight - Seattle, WA
National WWII Museum - New Orleans, LA
National Museum of the Marine Corps - Quantico, VA
National Museum of U.S. Navy - Washington D.C.
National Museum of U.S. Air Force - Dayton, OH
National Liberty Museum - Philadelphia, PA
National Infantry Museum - Columbus, GA
Intrepid Museum - New York, NY
Center for American Values - Pueblo, CO
National Museum of the Pacific War - Fredricksburg, TX
American Heroes Exhibit - Ronald Reagan Presidential Library - Simi Valley, CA
National Museum of American History - Washington D.C.