US Army Corps of Engineers

Historical Content


Engineer History Poster

CEHO Poster

CEHO is proud to announce the release of our new USACE History poster. This glossy 36" x 24" poster features 105 images of Corps employees, projects, and artifacts from the Revolutionary War to the present. Visit our interactive poster exhibit today by clicking the image above. Download a PDF to save and print or access the poster design template (InDesign format) to customize your own poster in this style.

Mission of the Office of History

Office of History Seal   The mission of the Office of History is to collect, document, interpret, disseminate, and preserve the history and heritage of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. We are a staff of six and a separate office of the Headquarters located at the Humphreys Engineer Center on Telegraph Road in Alexandria, Virginia. Our office maintains substantial research and historic artifact collections. The former includes approximately 3000 oral history transcripts and related recordings; more than 50 separate personal paper collections spanning two centuries and including those of Arthur Maass, Gilbert White, Henry Abbot, and David du Bose Gaillard; more than 35,000 historic images in varied formats; and 11,000 books related to USACE history. Our historic artifact collection consists of approximately 7,800 objects and includes examples of Corps flags, equipment, and historic uniforms and headgear. The Office of History accomplishes its mission through research and writing, a field history program, an oral history program, an extensive research collection, and a historic artifact collection.


Newest Historical Vignette

Find out what effect the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor had on the Sacramento District

Current Exhibit

Army Nuclear Power Program. See the on-line version of an exhibit on the history of the Army Engineers and the Army's nuclear power program, 1954-1976.


Nov. 11, 1918 Armistice Day - Veterans Day Nov. 11, 2018
Read about an Army Engineer in France on Armistice Day.


Fifty Years Since Vietnam: See a brief exhibit on Army Engineers in Vietnam with a link
to a large photographic collection of engineer activities during the conflict in Southeast Asia.

Featured Photos - Engineers in the Civil War

Army Engineers in the District of Columbia

Army Engineers have a long record of involvement in Washington, D.C., from the city’s founding through today. The Office of History invites you to explore that history through online resources.

  • Browse it. Take a look at CEHO’s illustrated brief history of Engineer activities in the nation’s capital. View the brochure online or download it to read later.
  • Read it. Go deeper and read the book-length illustrated manuscript prepared for CEHO by author Pam Scott. Or download the file and read it at your own pace.

Or look back at past D.C.-related articles on: the American Red Cross buildings; the amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery; Kennedy's eternal flame; the cherry trees and tidal basin; and the White House.