2014 Event Schedule
*Events Subject to Change Frequently
CLOSED FOR THE SEASON
5th Wednesday: CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER Friends' Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture: "The Battle of the Bulge M.I.A. Diggers.” Retired 99th Regional Readiness Command SGT MAJ Joseph Keirn, of Altoona, will discuss his experiences as a member of an international team of private citizens who actively search for the remains of thirty-three 99th Infantry Division soldiers listed as missing in action since the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. 7:30 p.m. $$Donation accepted for admission
Friends' Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture: "An Army of Lions: The Union Army at Gettysburg." Noted Civil War author Jeff Wert will discuss his book of the same title that examines the leadership and fighting prowess of the army's common soldier in the three-day engagement. 7:30 p.m. $$Donation accepted for admission
8th-9th Weekend Military Movie Madness Festival: The museum reopens to the public this weekend showing a trio of foreign war films with two on Saturday and one on Sunday afternoon. From the producers of Das Boot, Stalingrad (R-rated, 150 minutes) follows a squad of Storm Troopers as they transfer from Italy to the Russian Front fighting the enemy, the elements and each other in the insanity of war. The second show for the day is a 2007 Russian-British production based on a true story. In Tranzit (R-rated 113 minutes) tells the story of German POW's mistakenly sent to a Soviet work camp for women. The guards and wardens are women seeking revenge for losses during the war. A major theme throughout is the search for members of the SS within the prison population. World War One is the scene for Sunday with a 2010 Australian production, Beneath Hill 60 (R-rated, 122 minutes). Based on the memoirs of Captain Oliver Holmes Woodward of the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company, Allied and German miners, employed as soldiers, tunnel beneath the same hill in Belgium in an effort to break the gridlock of warfare. The festival begins on Saturday at 10 a.m. with regular admission rates and contunues on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. with free admission.
9th Charter Day Sunday: There will be FREE ADMISSION beginning at NOON to commemorate the granting of the Charter from Charles II to William Penn which founded “Penn’s Woods” in 1681. 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.
22nd Saturday: DOCUMENTARY FILM “You Enter Germany – Bloody Huertgen and the Siegfried Line” Between September 1944 and February 1945 thirteen U.S. Army divisions fought for control of a 50 square mile area of dense forest along the German border. This battle was the longest single battle in American history and largest defeat of the U.S. Army in Europe. This 2007 German production tells that story with veteran’s interviews and archival footage. 1:30 p.m. $$Donation accepted for admission
2nd Wednesday: Friends' Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture: "Richard M. Nixon - The Nation's Vietnam War & the President's Personal War" by Dr. Greg Ferro, Penn State University. 7:30 p.m. $$Donation accepted for admission
26th Saturday: Kid's Day: Dress Up and Discover!! - Kids of all ages get to try on the field gear and head gear from the museum education collection. Bring cameras and pose for photos in the museum theatre. Visit the education stations in the galleries for more fun discoveries throughout the day. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
3rd Saturday Only: Battery B Drill Exercise: The Civil War Era re-enactment group of the 3rd Pennsylvania Volunteers encamp on the museum grounds demonstrating the loading and firing of artillery pieces during their annual safety traing and recruitment drive. Interested persons of all ages are invited to enlist. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
7th Wedneday: Friends' Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture: "The 1813 Lake Erie Campaign" by former Brig Niagara Captain and current Erie Maritime Museum administrator Walter Rybka. 7:30 p.m. $$Donations accepted for admission
24th Saturday & 25th Sunday: World War II Revisited: WWII reenactors bivouac on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Military Museum portraying field life in the European Theater of Operations, 1944-45. A small squad tactical demonstration against German opposition is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. each day. Bivouac and tactical open to the public, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is an all weather event. More Info: WWII Revisited
24th Saturday: "Letters From Home: The Andrews Sisters Tribute Show" will entertain the troops at the annual WWII Combat Bivouac on the museum grounds. Erin and Serah of First-in-Flight Entertainment blend the harmonies of the original sisters act into a brilliantly choreographed show with the dance and comedy reminiscent of the era. 3:00 p.m. (Please provide own seating.)
"A Celebration of Service Honoring Pennsylvania Verterans" - U.S. Army reunion and memorial service sponsored by the Pennsylvania National Guard commemorating the Pennsylvanian Citizen Soldier. Activities include a military band concert, distinguished speaker, equipment displays and a twenty-one-gun, 105mm howitzer battery salute. This is an all weather event. Ceremony begins at 12:30 p.m. Museum opens at 9:00 a.m. Regular admission rates apply for museum experience. More Info: Celebration of Service
Every Saturday and Sunday in JUNE: Guided Tour Weekends: Received a guided tour at the regular admission rate. 1:00 p.m. (No tour on the 21st- Buzz Cut Saturday)
4th Wednesday: Friends' Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture: "The Battle of Little Big Horn" Former director of the Fort Pitt Museum in Pittsburgh, Mr. John Connelly, will provide two points of veiw (the Lakota people vs. the U.S. Cavalry Soldier) on this infamous 19th century Plains Indian battle. 7:30 p.m. $$Donation accepted for admission
14th Saturday: Flag Day Celebration: The State College Elks Lodge and local veterans organizations host a joint Flag Day Service and U.S. Flag Retirement Ceremony on the grounds of the 28th Division Shrine. The public is encouraged to bring their unserviceable American Flags for the proper disposal. 6:00 p.m. Shrine parade grounds.
15thSundayFather's Day:The True Story of WINNIE the POOH - Adopted by a Canadian Regimental Veterinarian before being shipped to England for service in World War One, this presentation and movie tells the story of the real bear at the London Zoo that inspired author A.A. Milne. Donations accepted1:30 p.m
21st Saturday: Buzz Cut Saturday: Commemorate the Summer Solstice with a traditional boot camp haircut. Donation accepted or free with admission. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
28thSaturday:Steel Helmets in Modern Warfare -Amateur historian and professional investment advisor Bruce A. Lingenfelter will present a discussion on the development of the combat helmet in the 20th century using several examples from World War One through Vietnam, including experimental designs from his personal collection. He attempts to answer the age-old question of "Why American soldiers were given a Ford but couldn't drive it." Regular admission rates apply. 1:30 p.m.
4th Independence Day Friday: Open For Business 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
10th Thursday to 13th Sunday: People's Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts: Annual arts and crafts festival featuring the best of Central Pennsylvania’s artisans. Food, fun and family entertainment in a park-like setting. 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday thru Saturday; 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. $5.00 for on-site parking. Artist may register at this web: People's Choice Festival
19th Saturday & 20th Sunday: Vietnam Revisited - Visit this Living History bivouac (encampment) on the grounds of the museum with re-enactors portraying the combat soldier of the Vietnam era "in-country" in Southeast Asia. Daily programs include accompanying squads on Short Range Recon Patrols and a tactical patrol ambush demonstration at 2:00 p.m. each day. NOTE: Sandals and shorts are not recommended for those wishing to accompany patrols. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Rain or Shine!) More Info: Vietnam Revisited
Every Saturday & Sunday in AUGUST: Guided Tour Weekends: Receive a guided museum tour at regular admission rate. 1:00 p.m.
2nd Saturday: Boot Camp For Kids: A fun filled summer day camp of quasi-military instruction designed for boys and girls ages 8 to 13. Participants are assigned to a “platoon” attending three training stations throughout the day staffed by prior service soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. A t-shirt, boonie hat and lunch of Meals-Ready-to-Eat will be provided. Pre-registration and program fee required. Pre-Registration and program fee of $30 required. Registration deadline July 25, 2014. More Info: Boot Camp
September 01-OPEN Labor Day10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guided Tours at11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
September 02-Central PA Civil War Roundtable Pot Luck Dinner: Confederate Lieutenant General Leonidas Polk will pay a visit to dinner at the picnic pavilion. 6 p.m.
September 03-Friends’ Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series:“The 8thAir Force”Fielder Newton, B-24 Navigator in WWII. 7:30 p.m.Donation Requested
September 13 & 14–“Then & NOW Living History Encampment/Bivouac”– Visit this Living History Time Line of Uniforms and Equipment from the 18ththrough 21stcenturies on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Military Museum; battle dress uniform show begins at1:00 p.m.each day. 10 a.m. till 4 p.m.*Annual
October 01–Friends’ Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: Michael Musso, Lt. US Army, Forward Observer in The Vietnam War. 7:30 p.m.Donation Requested
October 07-Central PA Civil War Roundtable:“Seal of the Sounds: Commander William Cushing, U.S. Navy.” Mr. James Brommer will discuss the successful attack against the Confederacy’s ironclad C.S.S. Albermarle. Donation Requested –7:00 p.m.
5th Wednesday: Friends' Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture: "To Be Announced" 7:30 p.m. $$ Donation accepted for admission
8th Saturday: Kid's Day II: Dress Up and Discover!! - Kids of all ages get to try on the field gear and head gear from the museum education collection. Bring your cameras for photos in the museum theatre. Visit the education stations in the galleries for more fun discoveries throughout the day. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
11th Tuesday Veteran's Day: Open from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Regular Admission Rates Apply)
30th Sunday: Last day of regular hours. Closed for the season.
7th Sunday: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Tribute: Seventy-three years ago on December 7th, the US Pacific Fleet at Hawaii was attacked by aircraft from the Imperial Japanese Navy. The tribute is held beneath the guns of the battleship USS PENNSYLVANIA which was a witness to that attack. 12:45 p.m.