Denis J. Healy Freedom Center - Springfield, Illinois
We would like to welcome you to the Denis J. Healy Freedom Center located in the historic downtown Springfield, IL, the capital of the state of Illinois. Our Museum is designed to walk each visitor through the events with story boards leading up to the Korean War, battles, and campaigns that shaped the war and the Korean Peninsula as well as post-war commentary. As you walk through the Museum, you will be amazed at the high-quality of memorabilia, uniforms, and artifacts.
The detailed history of the War gives both Veterans and those interested in the Korean War a sense of the challenges and accomplishments of the allied nations who fought bravely against Communist aggression.
The Museum’s artifacts are being updated through the year, which affords a new visit with a new experience. The Virtual Museum section provides a pictorial walk-through of the Museum's exhibits online.
The Irish Exhibit
The Denis J. Healy Freedom Center Korean War National Museum opened a new exhibit on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, to pay tribute to the hundreds of Irish sons who fought bravely in the Korean War and the many who died under the flags of the United Nations, United States, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
The Irish exhibit includes the stories of martyred Irish priests and the incredible valor and bravery of the Irish soldiers in the "Happy Valley Battle," when Irish and British soldiers selflessly volunteered to provide cover for the withdrawal of UN forces and then had to fight their way out. It also covers the Irish who received US citizenship posthumously.
The Museum celebrates the special relationship that was forged, protected, and remains strong because of the bravery of Ireland's sons and a shared love of liberty and life.
This exhibit made possible by a grant from the American Ireland Fund provided by a gift from the McQuade Family Foundation.