By NHF President, VADM Robert F. Dunn, USN (Ret.)
As we move forward into 2012 our Foundation is on a great heading. We’re putting a unique spin on STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) by adding History to the mix, and calling it STEM-H. We are hard at work on the next phase of exhibit construction in the Cold War Gallery. We’re looking forward to 2012 commemorations of the War of 1812, Vietnam, and the Civil War. And we’re thankful to all of our NHF Members, donors, and friends who make this work possible. We appreciate not only the financial contributions that sustain the Foundation, but the donations of historic artifacts, used books we regularly receive, and especially your time when you volunteer to help us out. There’s one other way that our friends help us: spreading the word about the Foundation’s mission. That’s the reason I write to you today.
In 2011 we rolled out a number of new web and social media outreach tools. We relaunched this website, with a brand new blog, and a redesigned naval history events calendar. We’ve established presences on Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr, and Twitter. We launched a brand new website in support of the Navy Museum’s Cold War Gallery. We also post regular photography related to the Cold War Gallery on our Flickr page. We’re proud of the content we’ve been developing on these social media channels, but we need your help in 2012. The key to social media is the good word of mouth provided by you, our NHF members and friends. Please, help us spread the word. Share our Facebook page with friends who have an interest in naval history. Retweet one of our daily links on Twitter. Share a blog post with your colleagues using the social media “share” buttons at the bottom of every page on this website. Submit an event about naval history to our events calendar.
Some of you may be a bit uncertain about how all these social media, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr and Twitter work. If that’s the case, give our social media expert, Mr. Dave Colamaria a call and he’ll talk you through whatever you’d like to know more about. He’s at 202-678-4333, extension 7, or by email at [email protected].
With your help, we look forward to a successful 2012, commemorating the history of our great United States Navy!