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U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center closed due to shutdown - abc27 WHTM

U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center closed due to shutdown

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CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) -

Across the Carlisle barracks more than 1/2 of the civilian employees were furloughed, about 90 of them work at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.

Signs in front of the center read, "Closed until further notice due to the government shutdown."

Col. Matt Dawson, Director of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, met with furloughed employees Tuesday morning.

"We took care of any last minute things to make sure we were caring for artifacts, paper products, that kind of thing. Overall it is frustrating. It is a great team of professionals. They are very committed to the community and the mission that they have and bottom line is we are just frustrated we cant perform that mission," said Col. Dawson.

All of the buildings at the center are closed to the public. The walking trail remains open. The center receives thousands of requests every year for information and over a hundred thousand visitors.

"The museum itself will be closed. The reading room will be open for official army war college and official U.S. Army research. If anyone is requesting information,  if they do it on the automated systems those still can show holdings. but if they call in they will hear a message that says due to the government shutdown we can't help you," said Col. Dawson.

Essential medical and security staff are still working. Furloughed employees were told they will be notified when they can return to work. Congress will have to decided if they will get paid for the time they are furloughed.

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