For more than four million Americans who were educated overseas since 1946, pieces of history could be gone forever – yearbooks, trophies, letter jackets, class pictures, time capsules, school flags, mascots, and so much more. As schools overseas close down, those artifacts and memorabilia go away, too.
That’s why the American Overseas Schools Historical Society (AOSHS) was created. It’s a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the unique history of American students and teachers who have lived, studied and taught abroad. Since its founding in 1989, AOSHS is the only non-profit that collects, records, preserves and exhibits memorabilia of K-12 American overseas schools.
AOSHS needs help to keep the memories alive. Before 9/11, the U. S. Government was providing funding to create an AOSHS museum that would give BRATS, TCKs, and teachers a destination to go to and visit their past. Then 9/11 happened and, like many other organizations, AOSHS saw its funding go away.
Today, AOSHS is headquartered in Wichita, KS and is dedicated to pursuing a proper location for all of the artifacts. It will add to the present storage facility the adjacent space and utilize this area to store the ever-increasing school donations while appropriately displaying the artifacts. Ultimately AOSHS would like to increase the overall size of the current location.
Most importantly, in light of this digital world, we need to hire an archivist to preserve this unique collection while making it available to everyone by digitizing the artifacts and creating an online museum. This all takes money.
AOSHS operates on a shoestring budget with limited membership and donations. This will not make this dream come to fruition. We need help to fund present and future museum endeavors and hiring an archivist, which ultimately will digitize the collection.
Help preserve memories for millions of American BRATS, Third Culture Kids (TCKs -- overseas students who were not military) and educators. We appreciate whatever you can donate to help us reach our goal and invite you to visit the museum in person and/or online once created.
Learn more about AOSHS and join our group on Facebook.