About CAMP

The Council on America’s Military Past, USA, Inc. was founded in 1966 in Phoenix, Arizona as the Council on Abandoned Military Posts and chartered as a nonprofit educational association exempt from Federal taxes by Section 501(3)(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Initially organized to identify, locate, preserve and memorialize the military installations and units that no longer serve the role for which they were created, mounting member interest soon included other subjects including soldier’s life and customs of service.  The association was renamed the Council on America’s Military Past, USA, Inc. in 1981 to reflect those expanding membership interest.

Despite its initial location in the west, CAMP activities are nationwide and we have members in all states and territories and ten foreign countries.  Some members are federal and state agencies and their employees, including the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the National Archives and Record Service.  Others are employees of preservation offices and historical societies.  Not surprisingly, many members are or have been military officers and military historians.

Our Activities

We keep our members abreast of the latest matters in military history and preservation with two regular publications that have complementary objectives. The Headquarters Heliogram contains time sensitive articles about history preservation activities and the status of our military sites and museums. The Journal of America’s Military Past contains scholarly articles on American military history and biography, it often tell readers what it was like to be an American soldier, sailor or Marine from colonial times to the present day and typically describes where and how they live.

Annual conferences offer members the opportunity to renew old friendships and learn about preservation and restoration activities in different parts of the country. They are normally held during the second week of May. Each morning of the three-day conference begins with paper presentations by a wide variety of authors, historians and military enthusiast who add detail and human interest to the area or era being studied. Before noon participants board buses for field trips to local camps, battlefields or military bases where they meet caretakers and interpreters, observe preservation activities and learn about the site’s history.

We have several local departments and affiliates that participate in education and preservation projects and conduct regular events to promote CAMP objectives at the community level. The latest information about department activities may be found in our newsroom.

CAMP also encourages our youth to study military history through our awards program. Each year a grant is made to two students to help defray the cost of attending our annual conference.

The Council of America’s Military Past invite others who share our interest in military installations and history to become members. Use the links to surf through our web pages and learn about the organization. Then go to the membership page to see how easy it is to join us in our efforts to preserve America’s military past. We also invite you to visit some of our links to other military history web sites.

Fort Niagara near Youngtown, New York (Photo by Roy V. Ashley)

Our Organization

Administration of the council is vested in a Board of Directors elected from and by members. They in turn elect the officers who make up the Executive Committee that conducts the organization’s business throughout the year. All officers and board members serve as unpaid volunteers and the council has no paid employees. A general membership meeting takes place once a year, usually on the last day of the military history conference.

(Photo by Roy V. Ashley)

The Executive Committee
LtCol. Mark Magnussen USA (Ret), Manassas, VA

Vice President
Ronald G. Plante

Mr. Dale Floyd, Charlottesville, VA

Vance Nelson

Dr. Nicholas Reynolds

The Board of Directors

  • Gordon Bliss, Dedham, MA
  • Dr. Emil Dansker, Cincinnati, OH
  • Jeff Davis
  • Dale Floyd, Charlottesville, VA
  • Marylou Gjernes
  • Philip J. Granum, Rockville, MD
  • Bridget Hart
  • LtCol. Mark Magnussen, USA (Ret), Manassas, VA
  • Terrence McGovern, McLean, VA
  • Mark Morgan, O’Fallon, IL
  • Vance Nelson
  • Ronald G. Plante, Bettendorf, IA
  • Dr. Nicholas Reynolds


Recognition of the role played by the military in the founding and protection at the nation is the reason for CAMP. Organized at a time that the military, national security and patriotic values were in public disfavor, CAMP intends to continue to the preservation and disseminated the records of the military’s accomplishments.

We, the members of the Board of Directors, on behalf the 500 members of the Council on America’s Military Past salute the men and women of our armed forces. Today many are in harms way and are writing new chapters to our military history and adding new accomplishments to our military heritage.

Council on America’s Military Past-USA, Inc.
Post Office Box 4209
Charlottesville, VA 22905