MUSEUM OF HISTORY IN GRANITE
division of HFP, Inc A 501-c-3 CORPORATION
From a worthy but narrow concept to this universal and enduring mission:
"To Engrave in Granite
Collective Memory of Humanity"
Thousands of debt free acres provide ample space for this vast enterprise; in this desert clime which preserves the trace of civilizations, and will represent our own in future millennia. Thus topics are endless, and monument construction should not cease.
" The act of parachuting, measured in seconds, and with mistakes punishable by death, sets a standard for education. In memory of past heroism, and in the spirit of educating each of us in courage and in discipline, now and in the future, we dedicate the Hall of Fame of Parachuting". Entire 1978 speech by Founding Trustee Jacques-André Istel
.These thoughts led him to create the MUSEUM OF HISTORY IN GRANITE, as a World Commemorative Center ®, and design the granite monuments.. His belief that any lasting venture needs a spiritual dimension led to the construction of the "The Hill of Prayer", a 150,000 ton, highly visible reminder that the Church on the Hill at Felicity is a moral anchor. Life long friend and fellow Trustee, Wolfgang Lieschke, (a relative of Goethe), sketched the early site design and the stained glass window. Vocatus atque, non vocatus, Deus aderit.
In 1997, outraged by reports of WWII veterans spending two million dollars for a monument never built, the Trustees, with the immense co-operation of Headquarters, United States Marine Corps, built the granite Marine Corps Korean War Memorial in precisely one year, engraving names of 4617 Marines and 107 Navy Corpsmen who died in the war. This is the first of the historic granite museum monuments conceived by the founder.
From 1999 to 2001, assisted by the Library of Congress, the Service Historique de lArmče de lAir and noted historians, the Museum edited and engraved the Quest for the Sky (Histoire de l'Aeronautique Francaise). The monument, dedicated in 2002, received an Air and Space medal in Europe in 2003. In 2008 the monument was gifted to France and accepted at a formal ceremony by the Consul General from Los Angeles in the presence of Ambassador Daillet.
In 2002, the universal mission, hitherto in the mind of the founder, was published and adopted: ."To Engrave in Granite Highlights of the Collective Memory of Humanity".
In 2003 the monument History of the Foreign Legion, honoring the concept of redemption through danger and suffering, was dedicated.
In 2004 and 2005 the eight monument "History of Humanity" was built. Engraving the 416 granite panels will take some years. 2011 saw completion of over 25% of the text and etchings. In 2011 the book "History of Humanity Engraved in Granite Volume !" was published..
The "History of Arizona" was dedicated in 2010, donated to the State of Arizona with the Deed of Gift read in the Senate.
The Dedication of the "History of the United States of America" , whose monument was built in 2008 , is scheduled for 22 February 2014
Projects on the Agenda
The Museum of History in Granite computer will record the names and circumstances of persons engraved on the granite WALL FOR THE AGES as well as, in keeping with our original mission, those persons who made a parachute jump anywhere in the world (as much as can be researched). Visitors in generations to come may key their family name, view a granite inscription where applicable, discover facts about their ancestry and, in some cases, links with the sky. This program is under study..
In keeping with our roots, some pages of history record a social history of man and the sky.
An eternal flame will burn in memory of all who lived and died in the service of their country, and of humanity. This flame will remind all of us, now and in the future, of heroism, of decency, and of the need for the courage, dedication, and discipline which are the foundation of character.
WELCOME to like minded allies
The mission of the Museum of History in Granite admittedly lacks modesty. The more modest ambition of the Trustees is to leave everything in good order for our successors.
Museum of History in Granite
Center of the World Plaza
Felicity, California, 92283-7777, USA