Honoring Anna Keichline
Jun
14
4:30 PM16:30

Honoring Anna Keichline

Join the Bellefonte Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg to honor Anna Wagner Keichline, a 2019 inductee for the NSDAR Women in American History Award. 

As the first woman to be registered as an architect in Pennsylvania, an inventor who was granted seven patents, was a suffragist, and a Special Agent in the Military Intelligence Division of the Army during World War I, Anna Wagner Keichline, (1889-1943) was as unique and accomplished as one could imagine.

DAR member and Anna’s great niece, Nancy Perkins FIDSA, will give a visual presentation about Keichline’s extraordinary life based on her many years of research. Anna’s career path and life will inspire all ages, particularly girls who may be considering careers in architecture or industrial design and all are welcome at this event. 

Please plan to join us for this celebration to honor Anna Keichline at the NSDAR’s Flag Day event. 

For more information, please contact Sue Kellerman, Bellefonte Chapter NSDAR Historian at: lsk3@psu.edu or 814-571-4221.

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Boot Camp For Kids
Aug
3
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 25, 2019. 

Boot Camp For Kids Online Registration | Boot Camp For Kids Printable Registration Form | Boot Camp For Kids Photo & Video Gallery

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

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Tribute

Seventy-eight years ago, on December 7th, the US 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.  Guided tours and light refreshments available in the museum theatre.

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Friends' Lecture Series: “The Korean War and Modern Korea”
May
5
2:00 PM14:00

Friends' Lecture Series: “The Korean War and Modern Korea”

Speaker: CDR Richard L. Bigelow, USNR (ret.)

CDR Richard L. Bigelow, USNR (ret.), recognized expert on Korea and editor/publisher of “Korea Chronology”, will lead a discussion of the Korean War and how it has shaped modern North and South Korea, including a discussion of the current nuclear crisis with North Korea. CDR Bigelow has spoken on Korea and the Korean War at various military, academic and civilian venues throughout the United States. 

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Civil War Encampment
May
4
to May 5

Civil War Encampment

Civil War re-enactors encamp on the grounds of the PMM, including the Civil War re-enactment group of the 3rd Pennsylvania Volunteers, 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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The Great War Remembered
Apr
27
to Apr 28

The Great War Remembered

This weekend remembers World War I with lectures, film, and a living history encampment that demonstrates life on the Western Front.

Saturday Lectures:

  • 10:30: “The Stories I’ll Tell When I Get Home: The Legacy of American Nurses in WWI” by Dr. Julie Decker, PSU Nursing

  • 2:00: “Armor After the Armistice: What Do We Do With All These Tanks?” by Mr. Mike Siggins, Armor Historian

Sunday Lecture:

  • 2:00: “The US Marines at Belleau Wood” by Mike Poorman, USMC

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American Revolution Round Table Speaker Series
Apr
14
2:00 PM14:00

American Revolution Round Table Speaker Series

Ed Lengel, former chief historian of the White House Historical Association and 2018 Colonial Williamsburg Revolutionary in Residence historian, will be the speaker for the launch of the 2019 Speaker Series. Ed is an award-winning author and historian, and frequent contributor to national TV and radio broadcasts for NPR, the History Channel and more. Lengel’s list of books on American history and in particular, its first president, far exceed space to list here. Suffice it to say, this presentation should not be missed! Join us for compelling stories and insights into the founding of our nation and one of its most impactful and prominent Founding Fathers, George Washington. Ed Lengel is sure to inform, inspire, and delight audiences of every age and knowledge level of American history.

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Friends' Lecture Series: "A View On Current Military Nursing in the United States”
Apr
7
2:00 PM14:00

Friends' Lecture Series: "A View On Current Military Nursing in the United States”

Speaker: Dr. Kelly A. Wolgast 

Military Nurses continue to serve during this prolonged period of war. This presentation by Dr. Kelly Wolgast, an Army Nurse who served in Afghanistan during her more than 26 years on active duty, will share some insights on the current (since 9/11) contributions that Military Nurses make to the health of our Armed Forces. The presentation will focus on the types of activities that Military Nurses engage in at home and around the globe. 

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Hops & History: Postponed
Apr
6
6:00 PM18:00

Hops & History: Postponed

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Hops & History has been postponed. As soon as we can reschedule, we will update our event calendar - stay tuned for more information!

Those who have pre-registered will be able to carry their tickets forward to the new date or receive a refund. Please contact us at (814) 466-6401 or pmmfriendsbusmgr@gmail.com with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your understanding!


Join museum professionals for an evening of great food and history! Pair a delicious meal and in-house craft-brewed beer from Shy Bear Brewing with an intimate historical experience of the gallery and artifacts from the Pennsylvania Military Museum.

Tickets include food, beverage, free museum admission, and your choice of one of the following experiences:

  • In-depth gallery and special artifact tour

  • Presentation: “The Museum: Today & Tomorrow”

  • 28th Infantry Division Shrine & Tank Tour

Admission: $60 per person; $50 for museum members. Reservations required - apply online or call us at (814) 466-6263.

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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.

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Charter Day Weekend Celebration
Mar
9
to Mar 10

Charter Day Weekend Celebration

Free admission this weekend to commemorate the founding of Penn’s Woods in 1681. Guided tours and hands-on history stations will entertain and amaze as you discover the lesser-known stories of the past. Check out the gift store and 2019 calendar of events brochure.

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Friends' Lecture Series: "Was It Hot Over There?"
Mar
3
2:00 PM14:00

Friends' Lecture Series: "Was It Hot Over There?"

Speaker: Michael Carper

Michael Carper, a native of Reedsville PA who completed 12 years of service with the National Guard and received an Honorable Discharge at the rank of SGT, will talk about his experiences in Iraq and why it’s important for other veterans to talk about their service too. During his service he deployed twice to Iraq; the first time with A Co 3/103 Armor, and the second with A Co 2/112 Infantry.

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Used Book & Inventory Sale!
Jan
26
to Jan 27

Used Book & Inventory Sale!

As we get ready to complete our annual gift shop inventory, you have the opportunity to pick up great books, research material, and wonderful gifts for kids and adults.   The sale will take place in the museum theater. All items and titles are from the Friends of the Pennsylvania Military Museum gift shop, and all profits support the museum.  Admission is Free. 

Hours for the book sale are Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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Bob Hope's 1967 Christmas Tour
Dec
16
1:30 PM13:30

Bob Hope's 1967 Christmas Tour

From World War II through the Gulf War, “The One-Man Morale Machine,” Bob Hope, brought a slice of Americana to deployed service personnel, especially during the Holidays. By 1967, nearly half a million Americans were stationed in Southeast Asia countering the Communist threat. We were winning! Join us for a review of this year in history and a viewing of the ’67 tour featuring special guests Raquel Welch, actress/singer Elaine Dunn, and Miss World Madeleine Bel.


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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 a screening of the documentary “World War II: Crusade in the Pacific”, as well as guided tours and light refreshments. 

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Friends' Lecture Series: "Welcome Home, Bro"
Nov
11
2:00 PM14:00

Friends' Lecture Series: "Welcome Home, Bro"

Speaker: Robert Franks

Every speaker on the Vietnam War has a different story to tell, as all have different experiences, at different times and in different places.  In this lecture, speaker Robert Franks will tell his story. Vietnam Veterans have drawn together partially because of their reception (or lack thereof) when they returned home.  We greet each other with "Welcome Home, Bro" and possibly ask when they were there and where they served.  Some served early in the war, guarding air bases.  Between 1966 and 1967 (when Bob served) soldiers were more likely in the field and engaging in combat.  After the TET offensive, there was mop-up and a more defensive role.

Bob will expand on the above ideas and explain his experiences as an Airborne Infantry Platoon Leader with the First Cavalry Division. Mr. Franks served in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967.  He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device (Valor) and Air Medal.  Prior to Vietnam, he graduated from Infantry Officer Candidate School as a 2nd Lt, then went to Airborne School and was awarded his jump wings.

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American Revolution Round Table of Central PA: "West Point and the American Revolution: The Great Chain and Her Fortification"
Nov
4
2:00 PM14:00

American Revolution Round Table of Central PA: "West Point and the American Revolution: The Great Chain and Her Fortification"

Speaker: Lt. Colonel Sean Sculley

At the height of the American Revolution in 1777, after the surrender of Fort Montgomery and Fort Clinton, the New York Hudson highlands were left virtually defenseless against British invasion. Seeing the strategic value of this gateway land, General Washington established Fortress West Point, farther upriver on the Hudson and installed a great iron chain across the river to prevent the British from crossing. Today, we know it as West Point, the nation’s oldest, continually occupied military post. Join Lt. Colonel Sean Sculley as he shares his research with us on this iconic site in American history and its role in the Revolutionary War. LTC. Sculley will also share with us how Cadets at West Point are using augmented reality to bring this story to a wider audience.

Drinks and refreshments provided. Pre-registration is not required.

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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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