Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Dear Friends and Supporters of The Cold War Museum,

The Winter/Spring 2008 issue of the Cold War Times is now posted for viewing online at www.coldwartimes.com. If this email was sent to you in error, you may remove your email address or update your email address online at www.coldwartimes.com. I would like to thank Lorton Self Storage for sponsoring this issue of the Cold War Times. If you live in the Northern Virginia area, please keep Lorton Self Storage in mind for your storage needs. More info online at www.lortonselfstorage.com.

Over the past decade, the Cold War Museum has made great strides in honoring Cold War Veterans and preserving Cold War history. I am writing to provide you with a brief update on the Museum's activities. The museum is at a critical stage in its development and is in the final stages of lease negotiations with Fairfax County Park Authority for use of the former Nike Missile Base in Lorton, Virginia.

(Does anyone know Tom Hanks or how to get in touch with him? He has just starred in a Cold War film called Charlie Wilson's War(http://charliewilsonswar.net) and I would like to talk with him (or hisagent) about the Cold War Museum. You may remember that Tom Hanks was a spokesman for the National WWII Memorial and I want to find out if he would have an interest in helping to move our effort forward.)

I am grateful to Senator Chap Petersen from Fairfax, VA and Delegate Joe May from Leesburg, VA who introduced budget amendments in January 2008 that would provide the Cold War Museum with a non-state agency appropriation.

This will be a very difficult year for all nonprofits seeking this type of State support. If you live in Virginia, I need your help. Please contact your State Delegate and State Senator to let them know that you support the Cold War Museum and the two budget amendments put forth by Senator Petersen and delegate May.

A list of Virginia State Delegates can be found online at:


A List of Virginia State Senators can be found online at:


The mobile exhibit on the U-2 Incident, the "Spies of Washington Tour," and related educational activities continue to generate interest and support.

The mobile exhibit, currently on display at the Pacific Coast Air Museum

(www.pacificcoastairmuseum.org) through April 15, 2008, will travel to the ITOW Veterans Museum (www.itowmuseum.org) in Perham, Minnesota on May 1, 2008. The educational Spy Tour of Washington (www.spytour.com) is now booking group tours online.

The Museum is working with the Embassy of the Czech Republic to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Prague Spring and with the British Berlin Airlift Association to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift later this year. There are varieties of sponsorship opportunities available in conjunction with these anniversary events as well as other Cold War Museum educational events and activities. Please email gpowersjr@coldwar.org for additional information.

We count on your financial help to assist with the care, display, and storage of our Cold War artifacts and to help with our day to day operations. Tax deductible donations to The Cold War Museum can be made through a secure online website at

www.guidestar.org/partners/networkforgood/donate.jsp?ein=54-1819817 or www.justgive.org/giving/donate.jsp?charityId=18894.

If you know of friends or family members that would be interested in our efforts, please share this update with them or encourage them to visit www.coldwar.org. Please help spread the word about the Museum. Together we can make this vision a reality. For more information, or to subscribe to our Cold War Times email newsletter list, please contact:

Thank you for your continued support.

February 2008 - Vol. 8, Issue 1 --- (auf Deutsch - only the Berlin Chapter Update of the issue is translated into Deutsch, not the whole issue.)

Francis Gary Powers, Jr.


The Cold War Museum

P.O. Box 178

Fairfax, VA 22038

703-273-2381 Museum

703-273-4903 Museum Fax