American Heritage Museum plans events for summer, fall

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By Dakota Antelman, Managing Editor

Reenactors perform at a past encampment similar to a “Military Through the Ages” event currently scheduled for Aug. 7 and 8.
Reenactors perform at a past encampment similar to a “Military Through the Ages” event currently scheduled for Aug. 7 and 8.

Hudson – After months of abbreviated programing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the planes, tanks and trucks of Hudson’s American Heritage Museum will roar to life again, starting this summer, for a variety of in-person events.

Indeed, as the museum has welcomed guests to view its collections, virus restrictions on mass gatherings have hampered some otherwise familiar traditions.

Now, those are coming back, pending any changes in schedule due to the pandemic.

On Oct. 9 and 10, local history buffs can expect to see a return of the annual Battle for the Airfield World War II reenactment.

Reenactors spring across the American Heritage Museum’s open airfield during a past Battle for the Airfield World War II reenactment. This year’s battle is set to take place Oct. 9 and 10.
2018 Battle for the Airfield at the Collings Foundation in Stow, MA –

Before that, on Sept. 11 and 12, the Collins Foundation and the American Heritage Museum are hosting a new iteration of their beloved “race of the century,” which pits, as one press release says, “some of the greatest mobility based technological advancements [in history] against each other.”

Even before that, on May 15 and 16, the American Heritage Museum will host the first of two sets of tank demo days scheduled for this year. At that event, visitors can watch tanks navigate training grounds while historical narration aims to “bring these amazing machines to life” according to a press release.

Reenactors drive a World War II era tank during a past event. The American Heritage Museum will be starting up tanks like this on multiple occasions through the rest of 2021.
Reenactors drive a World War II era tank during a past event. The American Heritage Museum will be starting up tanks like this on multiple occasions through the rest of 2021.

Outside of those events, the museum is planning six other major talks, encampments and demonstrations through Dec., 2021.

Most immediately, the museum is concluding a special sweepstakes on Wednesday, March 31. The winners of that competition, currently underway, will get a two-day experience driving three of America’s most famous World War II era tanks.

Learn more by visiting https://www.americanheritagemuseum.org.