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National VA History Center

Update on National VA History Center: March 2021
Currently progressing through designing and remodels while
also cleaning both buildings.

The National VA History Center (NVAHC) will be located in Buildings 116 and 129 at the Dayton VA Medical Center in Ohio. The two buildings are some of the oldest on the campus, dating to 1871 and 1881, respectively. When the Dayton campus was founded as one of the original branches of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers to serve Civil War Veterans, Building 116 served as the headquarters building and 129 as a clubhouse.

The NVAHC will serve as the gateway to the public in interacting and learning about VA’s history and mission to serve Veterans. It will also be the first centralized site for artifacts and archives to preserve these critical resources and increase access for the public to VA’s story. 

Officially announced in April 2020, the NVAHC is currently progressing through design scopes and building stabilization plans. The projected goal for opening is in fiscal year 2025 pending public funding availability and private fundraising. Once complete, it will be the Department’s management office for centralized VA historical initiatives and include a museum and education center as well as an archives.

The Dayton VAMC has a virtual museum with multiple exhibits about the historic campus. To learn more, visit the Dayton VAMC museum site.

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