Contribute

The 390th Memorial Museum exists to honor and memorialize those who served in the 390th Bombardment Group (H), and to educate the public on their service and sacrifice in the cause of freedom. We rely on all types of public support to fulfill our mission. Your help is essential: as the Greatest Generation quickly fades, so does our connection to World War II.

Monetary Donations

Donating to the care of collections at the 390th Memorial Museum is a way to help preserve history! To ensure our materials last as long as possible, the museum needs funds to properly house our artifacts, digitize materials, and make our resources widely available to the public for generations!

If you would like to donate to the care of collections, simply note “Collections Care” when you submit your donation. To contact staff about making a donation, click here.

Contribute Information to an Object Record

Another way to contribute to our museum community is by uploading content through our User Contributed Content. This feature of our catalog allows museum patrons to offer their own knowledge of an item or record’s history. For example, if you have a personal story or photograph of a veteran to share with us, you can upload that content—including photographs, documents or website links—and attach it to the veteran’s record. If you would like to learn how to contribute content, please view our tutorial here.

Contribute Digital Material

The museum accepts not only physical artifacts and original documents, but electronic copies. We strive to obtain originals whenever possible—original photographs and documents have a longer known shelf life. However, under the right circumstances, a digital document can become a part of our permanent collection. Please contact the research staff if you would like to discuss the steps for donating an electronic item. If the item fits our collection policy, staff will be happy to walk you through the process!

Material Donations

Donating artifacts or archival material to the museum is a wonderful way to contribute to the museum. Broadly, the 390th Memorial Museum accepts material that falls into at least one of the categories below:

  • Object/archival material is related to the 390th Bomb Group
  • The object is original to the period circa 1943-1945 (may or may not apply to archival and digital material)
  • The object/archive is B-17 related
  • The object/archive tells the broader story of the WWII air force
  • The artifact is related to the Air Force and European Theater

Why donate to the Museum’s Collection?

By collecting and preserving personal artifacts such as letters, photographs and war diaries, the Museum is able to breathe life into the past and tell a more meaningful story that resonates with the public. Your privacy is respected; information about your donation will always remain private.

How to Make Material Donation

If you would like to make a material contribution to the collection, we invite you to contact us with your questions surrounding a donation to the collection!

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