World War II Revisited: Living History Bivouac
May
27
May 28

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. Bivouac open to the public 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Musical entertainment at 2:30 on Saturday and Sunday. 

World War II Revisited Photo Gallery

Allegheny Mountain Region A.A.C.A Car Show
May
29
9:00 am09:00

Allegheny Mountain Region A.A.C.A Car Show

Regional Antique Automobile Club of America's annual summer season kickoff event featuring many pre-war through modern classics on display throughout the grounds of the Pennsylvania Military Museum. $5.00 for on-site parking.

Guided Tour
Jun
3
1:00 pm13:00

Guided Tour

Receive a personal guided tour for the regular admission price on Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 p.m. throughout the month of June. 

Exploring the Armor
Jun
3
2:00 pm14:00

Exploring the Armor

Take a private history tour of the outside tracked vehicles, including a look inside the crew compartments. Tour begins in the museum theatre. Seating is limited - reservations required. The tour typically lasts two hours. Admission: $15.00, or $5.00 for museum members. E-mail pmmfriendsbusmgr@gmail.com for reservations.

Guided Tour
Jun
4
1:00 pm13:00

Guided Tour

Receive a personal guided tour for the regular admission price on Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 p.m. throughout the month of June. 

Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "Vietnam On My Shoulder: The War That Never Leaves"
Jun
7
7:00 pm19:00

Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "Vietnam On My Shoulder: The War That Never Leaves"

Jay Snyder was in Vietnam with the First Cavalry Division in 1965-66. He joined the Division fresh out of OCS and Jump School at Fort Benning and traveled to Vietnam as a unit by ship, sailing from Savannah, through the Panama Canal, and across the Pacific. He served as a Rifle Platoon Leader with Charlie Co 1st Battalion (abn) 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade (abn), an Airborne unit for 16 months in Vietnam until it was decided that the 1st Cavalry no longer needed airborne capacity in a jungle war. Incidentally, Charlie Co was one of the most decorated Infantry Companies in the Vietnam War.

Jay Snyder will discuss his personal training and development as a leader, as well as the ways that Vietnam and his experiences there have influenced and molded his careers, family, past, and future. Vietnam has woven through his life through the memorable experiences of his service, the penpal during his time in Vietnam who would become his wife, the growth of their family through an adoption of a young Vietnamese refugee, and the lingering effects of Agent Orange and PTSD. 

Guided Tour
Jun
10
1:00 pm13:00

Guided Tour

Receive a personal guided tour for the regular admission price on Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 p.m. throughout the month of June. 

"The Bear That Inspired Winnie the Pooh"
Jun
10
1:30 pm13:30

"The Bear That Inspired 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 the author A.A. Milne. Donation encouraged for admission.

Guided Tour
Jun
11
1:00 pm13:00

Guided Tour

Receive a personal guided tour for the regular admission price on Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 p.m. throughout the month of June. 

Flag Day Celebration
Jun
14
6:00 pm18:00

Flag Day Celebration

The State College Elks and local veteran organizations host a joint Flag Day and flag retirement ceremony on the grounds of the 28th Infantry Division Shrine. 

Buzz Cut Saturday
Jun
17
10:00 am10:00

Buzz Cut Saturday

Commemorate the beginning of summer with a traditional boot camp haircut! Donation accepted or free with admission.

Guided Tour
Jun
17
1:00 pm13:00

Guided Tour

Receive a personal guided tour for the regular admission price on Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 p.m. throughout the month of June. 

Guided Tour
Jun
18
1:00 pm13:00

Guided Tour

Receive a personal guided tour for the regular admission price on Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 p.m. throughout the month of June. 

Boot Camp Prep Class
Jun
24
10:00 am10:00

Boot Camp Prep Class

Group instruction in close order drill, military etiquette, and history of the 28th Infantry Division Shrine designed as an education adjunct for those enrolling in the August Boot Camp for Kids. Lunch provided. $25/person. Reservations required. E-mail pmmfriendsbusmgr@gmail.com

Boot Camp Prep Class Application

Guided Tour
Jun
24
1:00 pm13:00

Guided Tour

Receive a personal guided tour for the regular admission price on Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 p.m. throughout the month of June. 

Guided Tour
Jun
25
1:00 pm13:00

Guided Tour

Receive a personal guided tour for the regular admission price on Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 p.m. throughout the month of June. 

People's Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts
Jul
13
Jul 16

People's Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts

Annual arts and crafts festival features the best of Central Pennsylvania's artisans with food, fun, and family entertainment. Visit www.peopleschoicefestival.com for more information. $5.00 for on-site parking.

“Napalm & Agent Orange: Two Iconic Chemical Weapons of the Vietnam War”
Jul
21
6:30 pm18:30

“Napalm & Agent Orange: Two Iconic Chemical Weapons of the Vietnam War”

Developed during WWII, napalm was a psychologically and physically scarring weapon.  Agent Orange was a herbicide used to kill off the thick jungle canopy in South Vietnam thereby denying the enemy any cover and concealment.  Museum volunteer and retired Armstrong chemist Dr. Ron Lenox will discuss the development and deployment of this now banned technology. 

Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "Reflections on My Experiences During WWII in Germany"
Aug
2
7:00 pm19:00

Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "Reflections on My Experiences During WWII in Germany"

Dr. Manfred Keune, born in Germany before the outbreak of World War II, will reflect on his experiences and memories of his childhood in WWII-era Germany. Main events discussed include the bombing of Germany, the immediate period of postwar Germany, and the role of the American military. 

Dr. Keune lived in Germany until 1957, when he came to the USA. He was trained and worked in engineering, but decided to study in the humanities at Bowling Green State and graduated from Michigan State with a Ph.D. in German Literature. He joined the Department of German at PSU in 1967 and retired as an Emeritus Professor of German Studies in 1999. After retiring, he has been active in teaching at The Florida Gulf Coast University, Juniata College, and Penn State. He has been consulting and writing in the area of "International Communication and Design."

Boot Camp For Kids
Aug
5
8:30 am08:30

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 stated by prior military service members. A t-shirt, boonie hat, and lunch of Meals-Ready-to-Eat (MREs) are provided. Pre-registration and program fee of $40 required. Registration deadline: July 19, 2017

Boot Camp For Kids Application

Boot Camp For Kids Photo Gallery

Guided Tour
Aug
5
1:00 pm13:00

Guided Tour

Receive a personal guided tour for the regular admission price on Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 p.m. throughout the month of August. 

Guided Tour
Aug
6
1:00 pm13:00

Guided Tour

Receive a personal guided tour for the regular admission price on Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 p.m. throughout the month of August. 

Guided Tour
Aug
12
1:00 pm13:00

Guided Tour

Receive a personal guided tour for the regular admission price on Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 p.m. throughout the month of August. 

Guided Tour
Aug
13
1:00 pm13:00

Guided Tour

Receive a personal guided tour for the regular admission price on Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 p.m. throughout the month of August. 

Guided Tour
Aug
19
1:00 pm13:00

Guided Tour

Receive a personal guided tour for the regular admission price on Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 p.m. throughout the month of August. 

Guided Tour
Aug
20
1:00 pm13:00

Guided Tour

Receive a personal guided tour for the regular admission price on Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 p.m. throughout the month of August. 

Guided Tour
Aug
26
1:00 pm13:00

Guided Tour

Receive a personal guided tour for the regular admission price on Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 p.m. throughout the month of August. 

Guided Tour
Aug
27
1:00 pm13:00

Guided Tour

Receive a personal guided tour for the regular admission price on Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 p.m. throughout the month of August. 

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.

Exploring The Armor
Sep
10
2:00 pm14:00

Exploring The Armor

Take a private history tour of the outside tracked vehicles, including a look inside the crew compartments. Tour begins in the museum theatre. Seating is limited - reservations required. The tour typically lasts two hours. Admission: $15.00, or $5.00 for museum members. E-mail pmmfriendsbusmgr@gmail.com for reservations.

Then & Now Living History Bivouac
Sep
23
Sep 24

Then & Now Living History Bivouac

Visit this Living History Time Line of Uniforms & Equipment from the 18th through the 21st centuries on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Military Museum. Battle dress uniform show and weapons demonstration begins at 1:00 p.m. each day.

Then & Now Photo Gallery

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 theatre. Seating is limited - reservations required. The tour lasts two hours. Admission: $15.00, or $5.00 for museum members. E-mail pmmfriendsbusmgr@gmail.com for reservations.

Military Movie Mayhem
Nov
4
12:00 pm12:00

Military Movie Mayhem

Visit the museum for a movie day! Two titles will be shown exhibiting the U.S. Military over time. Regular admission rates apply. Showings at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

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.

"The Occult Roots of Nazism"
Dec
9
3:00 pm15:00

"The Occult Roots of Nazism"

Explore the occult roots of Nazism and what led Nazi party members to such devout belief in and allegiance to their cause, 1930s through 1945. 

"Christmas on the Front Lines"
Dec
15
6:00 pm18:00

"Christmas on the Front Lines"

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.

"The Siege of Harpers Ferry: The Battle of 1862"
Jan
6
3:00 pm15:00

"The Siege of Harpers Ferry: The Battle of 1862"

The worst surrender of U.S. Troops until the Battle of Bataan - what happened to the men tasked with protecting this stronghold and why did they fall? Approximately 12,500 men of the Union Army were captured in September of 1862 during the Maryland Campaign.

"What's in a Collection?"
Jan
26
6:00 pm18:00

"What's in a Collection?"

Telling the "Pennsylvania Story" through items and objects - what is in the Military Museum collection? Learn the importance of preserving these items and stories. Light refreshments.

"They Fought Equally: USCT in the Civil War"
Feb
10
3:00 pm15:00

"They Fought Equally: USCT in the Civil War"

Approximately 180,000 men of color served in the Union Army by the end of the American Civil War, including approximately 19,000 in the U.S. Navy. Learn how and why these men fought and their stories of freedom & sacrifice.


Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "Uncivilized Barbarity: Maritime Events Leading the  United States Into WWI"
May
24
7:00 pm19:00

Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "Uncivilized Barbarity: Maritime Events Leading the United States Into WWI"

Jim Bloom (Capt., USN Retired) will chronicle the entry of the United States into World War I 100 years ago on April 6th, 1917. President Woodrow Wilson, elected on a platform of pacifism and neutrality, found his hand forced by a series of savage and unchivalrous maritime events in 1915-1917 that compelled him to reverse his stance and seek a declaration of war against Germany.

CANCELED - Battery B Drill Exercise
May
6
10:00 am10:00

CANCELED - Battery B Drill Exercise

This event has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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. 

CANCELED - Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "Uncivilized Barbarity: Maritime Events Leading the United States Into WWI"
May
3
7:00 pm19:00

CANCELED - Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "Uncivilized Barbarity: Maritime Events Leading the United States Into WWI"

This event has been canceled - we apologize for any inconvenience.

This talk by Jim Bloom will chronicle the entry of the United States into WWI, the 100th anniversary of which is April 6th, 2017. President Woodrow Wilson, elected on a platform of pacifism and neutrality, found his hand forced by a series of savage and unchivalrous maritime events in 1915-1917 that compelled him to reverse his stance and seek a declaration of war against Germany. 

"The Bonus Army March on Washington D.C."
Apr
29
10:30 am10:30

"The Bonus Army March on Washington D.C."

More than 20,000 former soldiers and their families occupied the nation's capital between May and July 1932 to lobby for promised assistance due to their military service in World War One. Museum lecturer Mr. Sean Reilly will examine the history of this saga in civil disobedience. Regular admission rates apply.

"History of the 28th Division Shrine"
Apr
15
1:30 pm13:30

"History of the 28th Division Shrine"

Museum educator Joe Horvath traces the history of the Pennsylvania Military Museum and the 28th Infantry Division National Shrine over the past 100 years. Regular admission rates apply.

"The Boal Troop in World War One"
Apr
8
1:30 pm13:30

"The Boal Troop in World War One"

In 1916, a privately raised militia from Centre County joined up with the National Guard of Pennsylvania to fight "Over There." Local historian Mr. Philip Sauerlender provides an overview of their service. Regular admission rates apply.

Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "A Military Nurse Looks Back to Southeast Asia circa 1970"
Apr
5
7:00 pm19:00

Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "A Military Nurse Looks Back to Southeast Asia circa 1970"

Commissioned a Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps following graduation from nursing school in 1965, Doris M. Wurster (Lt. Col., USAF Retired, Vietnam Veteran) will present personal perspectives on two different, but similar military nursing experiences—one Army and the other Air Force, circa late 1960’s, early 1970’s.  The first part will provide a peek into a typical “day in the life” of an Army nurse during and after the 1968 TET Offensive while stationed in Republic of Vietnam.  The second part will describe the typical duties of an Air Force flight nurse supporting Air Evacuation operations extending from the Philippines, across Southeast Asia up to the Korean peninsula.

Exploring the Armor
Mar
26
2:00 pm14:00

Exploring the Armor

Take a private history tour of the outside tracked vehicles, including a look inside the crew compartments. Tour begins in the museum theatre. Seating is limited - reservations required. The tour typically lasts two hours. Admission: $15.00, or $5.00 with museum membership. E-mail pmmfriendsbusmgr@gmail.com for reservations.

"You Enter Germany: Bloody Huertgen and the Siegfried Line"
Mar
18
1:30 pm13:30

"You Enter Germany: Bloody Huertgen and the Siegfried Line"

Between September 1944 and February 1945, 13 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 interviews and archival footage. (104 minutes) Donation requested.

Charter Day
Mar
12
12:00 pm12:00

Charter Day

Free admission to commemorate the granting of the Charter from Charles II to William Penn, which founded "Penn's Woods" in 1681. 

Re-Opening Day & Movie Madness Festival
Mar
11
10:00 am10:00

Re-Opening Day & Movie Madness Festival

Museum re-opens to the public on Saturday, March 11, 2017 with a Military Movie Madness Festival featuring Gary Cooper with Helen Hayes in "A Farewell to Arms" at 10:30 a.m. and Grant Taylor with Peter Finch in "The Fighting Rats of Tobruk" at 2:30 p.m. Regular admission rates apply.

Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "Remembrances of the War in the Pacific: A Conversation with Charlie Sullivan"
Mar
8
7:00 pm19:00

Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "Remembrances of the War in the Pacific: A Conversation with Charlie Sullivan"

Charlie Sullivan is a WWII veteran who served in the Pacific on a Destroyer Escort, the USS Wesson (DE-184), from its time as a brand-new DE just commissioned at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in November 1943 to his discharge on February 6, 1946.

Charlie will recall the many aspects of life in general aboard a DE during WWII, and also speak about some specific events, such as those of April 7, 1945, when the Wesson was hit by a kamikaze.

Central PA Civil War Round Table: "The Night the War was Lost"
Mar
7
7:00 pm19:00

Central PA Civil War Round Table: "The Night the War was Lost"

Lecture by Captain Jim Bloom (Ret.) In the lower Mississippi River, Fort Jackson and Fort St. Phillip provided a formidable defense of New Orleans defended by CSA General Mansfield Lovell.  In the Battle of New Orleans, April 24-25, 1862, 43 Union ships under the command of Union Admiral David G. Farragut would attempt to pass Forts Jackson and St. Phillip to capture the largest Confederate city.