Membership, Donations, and Fundraising
About the Foundation
In 1991, the WSMR Commanding General, BG Richard Wharton, requested the establishment of an all-volunteer non-profit fundraising foundation to support a WSMR museum. Responding to his request, the WSMR Historical Foundation received its Internal Revenue Service 501c(3) determination in October 1992, and certification as a State of New Mexico non-profit corporation in May 1993. Since then, the Foundation has long list of accomplishments, both large and small, in support of preserving the history of White Sands Missile Range. A few of these accomplishments and efforts include:
Donation of $100,000 to cover its share of the construction cost of the Museum Administrative building and Entrance Lobby. An additional $16,000 donation added a covered patio and tile for the Administrative Building.
Provided $91,323.22 in addition to its previously provided $767,110.31 for a total of $858,433.53 to cover the construction costs for a new 4,000 square foot permanent exhibit space.
Supported the museum archives and its volunteer staff with computers, printers, scanners, an internal network server, and day-to-day operating expenses for over 30 years.
Funded a historical sign on Range Road 7 to mark the location of NASA’s Space Harbor.
The Foundation publishes the quarterly Hands Across History Newsletter. The Newsletter is edited by Jim Eckles.
The White Sands Missile Range Historical Foundation is not a part of the Department of Defense.