Friends' Lecture Series: "Drafted into the Korean War"
Mar
4
2:00 PM14:00

Friends' Lecture Series: "Drafted into the Korean War"

Drafted in 1951 into the US Army, Mr. James M. Wilson found himself suddenly transitioning from farm life with 9 brothers and sisters, to sleeping in a fox hole at -17 degrees during Korea’s coldest winter.  Follow along on this journey as he travels for the first time on a train ride across the country, and on to a ship with thousands of seasick recruits bound for Japan.  Accompanied with photos from his time there, Mr. Wilson will describe his 8 months of combat training in Japan to his time as a Mortar Gunner in the Korean War, where he earned a Purple Heart Medal.

 

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DOCUMENTARY: "You Enter Germany - Bloody Huertgen and the Siegfried Line"
Mar
17
1:30 PM13:30

DOCUMENTARY: "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.  It 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. 104 minutes. Donation requested for admission.

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Central PA Civil War Round Table: "Pettigrew/Trimble Charge at Gettysburg"
Apr
3
7:00 PM19:00

Central PA Civil War Round Table: "Pettigrew/Trimble Charge at Gettysburg"

General Lee and the Virginia newspapers made General George Pickett immortal at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863, with "Pickett's Charge."  But, Pickett's was only one of the three Divisions assigned by General James Longstreet to assault the center of the Union line.  Learn about the two other Confederate Divisions under Generals Johnston Pettigrew and Isaac Trimble in this lecture by Don Ernsberger.

 

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The Great War Remembered
Apr
14
to Apr 15

The Great War Remembered

This year marks the 100th anniversary of American combat troops fighting in France and the end of the First World War.  This weekend remembers that time with lectures, film, and a living history encampment that demonstrates life on the Western Front.

Saturday Lectures: 

  • 10:30 a.m. - TBD
  • 1:30 p.m. - "The Tank in World War I: From Desperation to Dominance" 
  • 3:30 p.m. - TBD

Sunday Film:

  • 1:30 p.m. - TBD

 

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Central PA Civil War Round Table: "A Civil War Watershed? Assessing the Military, Political, and Social Impact of Antietam"
May
1
7:00 PM19:00

Central PA Civil War Round Table: "A Civil War Watershed? Assessing the Military, Political, and Social Impact of Antietam"

The Civil War Era Center at Penn State is sponsoring this lecture.  A former History Professor at Penn State, Dr. Gary Gallaher is currently the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia.  He is one of the foremost historians, lecturers and authors of the Civil War period. His publications include "The American Civil War: The War in the East" and "The Antietam Campaign."

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Battery B Drill Exercise
May
5
10:00 AM10:00

Battery B Drill Exercise

The Civil War re-enactment group of the 3rd Pennsylvania Volunteers encamp on the grounds demonstrating the loading and firing of artillery pieces during their annual safety training and recruitment drive.  Interested persons of all ages are invited to enlist.  

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Friends' Lecture Series: "World War I Through the Eyes of the Common Soldier"
May
6
2:00 PM14:00

Friends' Lecture Series: "World War I Through the Eyes of the Common Soldier"

Kenneth Redline, an Altoona boy, joined the Army to play baseball, and although he hadn't bargained for a war, he took his change of status in good humor.  After all, he was 21, single, and up for adventure.  Among the first to arrive in France in August of 1917, Ken was destined to bear witness to it all -- life in the trenches, the carnage of battle, the power of raw courage, political and military ineptitude, the poignance of brief and fleeting romance in the face of certain death and the singular bond that connects men who have fought together. Using excerpts from Dig or Die, Redline's fictionalized account of life in the uniform of the U.S. Army, his daughter and editor Judith Redline Coopey shares his adventures and insights and speculates on the lasting effect of such an experience on the rest of a man's life.

 

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World War II Revisited Living History Bivouac
May
26
to May 27

World War II Revisited Living History Bivouac

Axis and Allied living historians encamp on the grounds portraying field life in the European Theater of Operations, 1944-45.  A short history of the war begins at 12:45 p.m., immediately followed by a tactical demonstration against German opposition.  Musical entertainment at 2:30 p.m. on both Saturday & Sunday.  Donation requested. 

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Friends' Lecture Series: "Flying the B-52 Bomber, Guardian of Freedom"
Jun
3
2:00 PM14:00

Friends' Lecture Series: "Flying the B-52 Bomber, Guardian of Freedom"

This 40 minute presentation covers a brief history of the nation's longest serving combat aircraft.  The talk includes discussion of the B-52 Bomber's capabilities and Colonel O.J. Johnston's personal experience flying the aircraft during the Cold War as part of Strategic Air Command.  Colonel Johnston spent 5 years as a combat crewmember on nuclear alert until the conclusion of the Cold War.

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Boot Camp For Kids
Aug
4
8:45 AM08:45

Boot Camp For Kids

A summer day camp of military instruction designed for children ages 8 to 13.  Participants are assigned to platoons attending to three training stations staffed by prior service soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines.  A t-shirt, boonie hat, and lunch of Meals-Ready-to-Eat are provided.  Pre-registration and a program fee of $40 required.  Registration deadline: July 20, 2018. 

Boot Camp For Kids 2018 Online Registration | Boot Camp For Kids Photo Gallery

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Friends' Lecture Series: "War Fever! How the Government's Anti-German Propaganda Campaign Affected Central Pennsylvania"
Aug
5
2:00 PM14:00

Friends' Lecture Series: "War Fever! How the Government's Anti-German Propaganda Campaign Affected Central Pennsylvania"

How did official government propaganda campaigns push America into the First World War? How did these campaigns subsequently affect the course of politics and society over the next hundred years?  How did this activity affect the people of Central Pennsylvania?  Local historian and author Bruce Teeple will examine these questions and analyze the long-term repercussions.

 

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Central PA Civil War Round Table: "For the People: A Photographic History of the Gettysburg National Military Park”
Aug
7
7:00 PM19:00

Central PA Civil War Round Table: "For the People: A Photographic History of the Gettysburg National Military Park”

Speaker Jared Frederick will present a visual evolution of the Gettysburg Battlefield. Mr. Frederick is a History Instructor at Penn State Altoona where he specializes in various realms of American History. He is also a seasonal Interpretive Park Ranger at Gettysburg NMP.   

 

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"Looking for Loreta--the Confederate Kardashian"
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

"Looking for Loreta--the Confederate Kardashian"

This lecture is sponsored by the Civil War Era Center at Penn State.  William C. Davis, retired History Professor and Executive Director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech, will present a talk on Loreta Velazquez, who allegedly disguised herself as a man to fight and served as a Confederate spy during the Civil War.

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Friends' Lecture Series: "The Cold War Up Close in the 1980's"
Oct
7
2:00 PM14:00

Friends' Lecture Series: "The Cold War Up Close in the 1980's"

Speaker John Crider will present some of the highlights of his experiences from 1983 to 1985 as the US Army special agent in charge of the field office responsible for US Defense Department counterterrorism and counterintelligence services in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and western Maryland. He will follow this with the highlights of his experiences as the Deputy Headquarters Security Officer at Allied Ground Forces Headquarters (AFCENT) at Brunssum, Netherlands and as the chief security officer for the HQ AFCENT War Mobile Element from 1986 through 1989. He will follow those crucial strategic events (both nationally and internationally) during the 1980's from the viewpoint of a strategic intelligence officer and express his opinions as to why the Cold War was won.

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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Tribute
Dec
7
12:45 PM12:45

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Tribute

77 years ago on December 7th, the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Hawaii was attacked by aircraft from the Imperial Japanese Navy.  America was at war.  The tribute is held beneath the guns of the battleship USS Pennsylvania, which was a witness to that attack. There will also be guided tours and light refreshments. 

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Dec
15
6:00 PM18:00

[POSTPONED] "Christmas on the Front Lines"

This event has been postponed.

How has this celebration been observed on the front lines during war time operations?  Discover the ways in which brothers and sisters in arms came together for a moment of joy and happiness.  Time periods explored include the American Civil War, WWI, WWII, and GWOT.  Light refreshments.

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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Tribute
Dec
7
12:45 PM12:45

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Tribute

76 years ago on December 7th, the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Hawaii was attacked by aircraft from the Imperial Japanese Navy.  America was at war.  The tribute is held beneath the guns of the battleship USS Pennsylvania, which was a witness to that attack.  There will also be guided tours and light refreshments.

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150th Anniversary of Lincoln's Funeral Procession & Burial Ceremony: Springfield, Illinois
Nov
19
2:00 PM14:00

150th Anniversary of Lincoln's Funeral Procession & Burial Ceremony: Springfield, Illinois

Join us on Gettysburg Remembrance Day for a lecture by Sue Kellerman, who witnessed the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's funeral procession and burial ceremony in Springfield, Illinois.  She will share this historic experience through stories, images, and photos from both 2015 and 1865.  The talk will also include an exclusive first viewing of the Lincoln Penny Portrait. 

This lecture was originally scheduled for the Civil War Roundtable on May 2, 2017, and was postponed due to weather.

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Vietnam Lecture Series: POWs
Nov
5
2:00 PM14:00

Vietnam Lecture Series: POWs

The final Vietnam Lecture Series session will provide a detailed treatment of U.S. military personnel who were captured and held as POWs (Prisoners of War) in North Vietnam until their release in 1973.  This lecture will be presented by Robert Doyle, a former Navy intelligence officer who has written several books on this subject.

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Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "Warfare and Society in the American Revolution"
Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "Warfare and Society in the American Revolution"

In 1760, an Englishman traveling through the British North American colonies remarked that they were so different that if “left to themselves, there would be civil war among them.”  Fifteen years later, thirteen of those colonies were at war with Great Britain.  Dr. Lee’s presentation explores how, notwithstanding great diversity and provincialism, Americans shaped and sustained the long war effort and, in turn, how the often desperate struggle for Independence shaped the nation-to-be and its citizenry.  

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Vietnam Lecture Series: Americans in Battle
Oct
29
2:00 PM14:00

Vietnam Lecture Series: Americans in Battle

The “Ground War” session provides an overview of the war as it was fought in the rice paddies, jungles, and mountains of Vietnam.  Army, Marine, Air Force, and Navy personnel were involved in numerous roles in the conduct of military operations on the ground.  This session will reflect the experiences of six individuals who participated in the war, including Vin Tedesco, who served as an Army artillery officer; Joe DeLauter, who was an Army Special Forces officer; Jay Snyder, who was an Army Infantry officer; Walt Kilareski, who served in the Army Corps of Engineers and constructed roads throughout the Mekong Delta; Ryan McCombie, who was a Navy SEAL; and Victor Campbell, who served as an operations officer on a Navy ship patrolling the Mekong River.  

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Inside The Belly of The Beast
Oct
28
2:00 PM14:00

Inside The Belly of The Beast

Take a private tour of the inside and outside of the Pennsylvania Military Museum by joining one of our educators for a look behind-the-curtain of how the museum operates and its history.  Tour will include the gallery space, collections & holdings, historical vehicle building, and staff-only areas.  Tour begins in the Museum theater.  Seating is limited - reservations required.  The tour lasts two hours.  Admission: $15.00, or $5.00 for museum members. 

Inside The Belly of The Beast Online Registration

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Vietnam Lecture Series: The Air War
Oct
22
2:00 PM14:00

Vietnam Lecture Series: The Air War

The Vietnam War was the first war in which air power in its many forms influenced virtually every aspect of military operations.  While an array of fixed-wing bombers and attack aircraft were engaged in operations throughout both North and South Vietnam, helicopters were a pervasive presence throughout the South and sometimes in the North.  The “Air War” session provides an overview of the role of a wide variety of aircraft in the war and reflects the experiences of five individuals who participated, including Lewis Watt, who served as a Marine aviator for two tours—one as a helicopter pilot and one as an F-4 pilot; Al Turgeon, who served as an Army helicopter pilot; Al Sever, who was an Army helicopter crew chief; Bob Booz, who served as an Air Force Caribou pilot; and Ted Pruss.

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Vietnam Lecture Series: Introduction
Oct
15
2:00 PM14:00

Vietnam Lecture Series: Introduction

By the time it ended in 1975, the Vietnam War was the longest war in which the United States had ever been engaged.  It began as a modest advisory effort in the 1950s following the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu and eventually became a major engagement with more than one-half million troops in country during its peak in 1968.  The introductory session provides an overview of the war along with a detailed explanation on “how we got in” and “why we got out."  Featured speakers are Carol Reardon ("Overview of the Vietnam War") and Al Turgeon ("How We Got In and Why We Got Out").

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Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "One Death Among Many: The Short Life of Philadelphian Henry Howard Houston, II"
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "One Death Among Many: The Short Life of Philadelphian Henry Howard Houston, II"

Henry Howard Houston, II, scion of one of the wealthiest families of Philadelphia, was among the many people from elite East Coast families who supported early US intervention in World War One.  He was an ambulance driver in France before US involvement.  When the US declared war, he went back to America, joined the 28th Division and became an artillery staff officer.  He, like so many others, did not survive the conflict.  Mr. Greifenstein will talk about Lt. Houston’s life and how he became one of the many who died in the Great War.

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Central PA Civil War Round Table: "The New Mexico Campaign and Battle of Glorieta Pass, the Gettysburg of the West"
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Central PA Civil War Round Table: "The New Mexico Campaign and Battle of Glorieta Pass, the Gettysburg of the West"

[Updated 9/16/17] Presented by Lynn and Julianne Herman, this lecture will discuss the Confederate aim to capture the gold and silver mines of California and Colorado. CSA Brigadier General Henry H. Sibley vs. Union forces led by Col. Edward Canby, Col. John Slough and Major John Chivington Feb-Mar 1862.

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Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "Richard Burton: Psychological Operations, Vietnam, and What I Learned There"
Sep
6
7:00 PM19:00

Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "Richard Burton: Psychological Operations, Vietnam, and What I Learned There"

Richard Burton will discuss his experiences as a Psychological Operations Officer with the 1st Marine Division from November 1969 - November 1970, even though he went to Vietnam as an Army Infantry Officer/Airborne/Special Forces. He went to Vietnam believing what the government told him and came home very disillusioned. He was told not to wear his uniform when he came home, as the country was torn apart by the war. The country could not separate the veteran from the war, and the veteran suffered as a result. After 45 years, he is now able to talk about his experiences and how meeting a group of Vietnam veterans has given him a clearer perspective on his Vietnam experiences.

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Central PA Civil War Round Table: "A Minister, A War, and a Community"
Sep
5
6:00 PM18:00

Central PA Civil War Round Table: "A Minister, A War, and a Community"

In first person period dress, Thomas Aaron will appear as Reverend Leonard Marsden Gardner on - "A Minister, a War, and a Community." Reverend Gardner will tell of his own experience during the Civil War, those of his Curwensville parishioners, and his reflection on that time.

* This lecture will take place in the picnic pavilion on the Museum grounds.

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