LECTURE: "A War We Can't Forget"
Jul
20
6:30 PM18:30

LECTURE: "A War We Can't Forget"

Vietnam helicopter pilot Ed Ramon talks about his two tours in South Vietnam (1966-1968) and his difficulty in adjusting to civilian life upon returning home.  It wasn’t until after the suicides of his father and brother, both combat veterans, that he took it upon himself to study Post Traumatic Stress.  With the help of author Chris Brady, Ramon tells that story in a book of the same title.  Donation Requested.

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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. 

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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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Nittany Leathernecks Vietnam War Commemoration
Jun
10
1:30 PM13:30

Nittany Leathernecks Vietnam War Commemoration

Nittany Leathernecks Detachment 302 and Centre County Veterans Affairs are proud to support Vietnam Veterans and their families.  Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces between November 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are eligible to receive recognition.  All members of the community are invited to attend and observe this special ceremony. 

  • 1:30 - 2:00: Welcome
  • 2:00 - 3:00: Ceremony
  • 3:00 - 5:00: Picnic
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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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Exploring the Armor
Jun
2
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 theater.  Seating is limited; reservations required.  The tour typically lasts 2 hours.  Admission to event: $15.00 per person, or $5.00 with museum membership.

Due to a cancellation, our June 2nd tour is no longer sold out - reserve your spot before we fill up once again!

Exploring The Armor Online Registration Form (June 2nd)

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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 from Joey Vincent at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.  Donation requested. 

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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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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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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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American Revolution Round Table of Central PA: "1777 - Tipping Point at Saratoga"
Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

American Revolution Round Table of Central PA: "1777 - Tipping Point at Saratoga"

In the autumn of 1777, near Saratoga, New York, an inexperienced and improvised American army led by General Horatio Gates faced off against the highly trained British and German forces led by General John Burgoyne.  Despite inferior organization and training, the Americans exploited access to fresh reinforcements of men and material, and ultimately handed the British a stunning defeat.  The American victory, for the first time in the war, confirmed that independence from Great Britain was all but inevitable.

Author and archaeologist Dean Snow will speak about his book “1777: Tipping Point at Saratoga”, how veterans of the battles wrote about their experiences, how historians have written about the battles, and how he as an archeologist wrote about the subject. 

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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.  Admission is charged for inside programming.

Saturday Lectures: 

  • 10:30 a.m. - "Collier's Photo History of the European War"
  • 1:30 p.m. - "The Tank in World War I: From Desperation to Dominance" 

Sunday Film:

  • 1:30 p.m. - "America Goes Over" (c. 1918) 

 

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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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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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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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