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.
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Stocker is a member of the Repasz Band in Williamsport. He will explain the band's origin in 1831 and its history through the Civil War to Appomattox.
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.
Museum educators, guides, and re-enactors will demonstrate the proper cleaning techniques for various weapons found in the museum armory while explaining the history of the arm. Donation requested.
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 email@example.com for reservations.
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.
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 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.
By order, edict, and evolution, the U.S. Military has changed tremendously since 1775. Examine how the U.S. Military is in many ways a reflection of the best qualities of America. Light refreshments.
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 23, 2017 @ 5:00 p.m.
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."
Lecture by Dr. Bruce Venter, President of America's History. Dr. Venter has a major interest in the career of Union General Judson Kilpatrick. His presentation will focus on the infamous 1864 Kilpatrick-Ulric Dahlgren raid on Richmond.
Lecture by Julie Decker, DNP, RN, Penn State College of Nursing. Regular admission rates apply.
Living historians encamp on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Military Museum, portraying the combat soldier of the Vietnam era in Southeast Asia. Daily programs include accompanying squads on Recon Patrols and a tactical patrol ambush demonstration at 1:30 p.m.
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.
Central PA Civil War Round Table: "The Second Battle of Winchester: The Confederate Victory That Opened the Door to Gettysburg”
Lecture by Scott Mingus. Mr. Mingus will describe the pivotal battle that opened the door to Gettysburg. Robert E. Lee vs. Union General Robert H. Milroy's Division of the 8th Army Corps, summer of 1863.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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 email@example.com for reservations.
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.