National History Program
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Our Mission

As stated in CAP Regulation 110-1, the Civil Air Patrol National History Program:

"serves to systematically collect historical data and prepare accurate, objective, impartial and useful accounts of the organization, development, administration, operations and other features of the Civil Air Patrol and its antecedents at all organizational levels. The program's principal objectives are to provide accurate historical information for CAP planning, operational and educational purposes; to preserve and disseminate the history of CAP; and to prepare and publish scholarly publications that keep the corporation, its partners, and the public informed about CAP and its missions."

Our Work

The National History Program performs a wide range of activities to preserve the organization's past and inform its present. Civil Air Patrol historians at all levels within the organization participate in the national history program by researching and producing unit histories, historical monographs, and special studies. Some individuals give presentations on historical topics to members and the public. Some create historical resources by collecting oral histories. Others collect records and artifacts of historical significance into unit repositories and preserve and display these remnants of the past. Still others interpret CAP history through exhibits, journal articles, historical reenactment, and public affairs efforts. There are many ways to get involved, and you need not be a unit historian or even a Civil Air Patrol member in order to participate.

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