Looking for Loreta Velasquez - the Fantasy Life of a Confederate Heroine
Sep
18
7:00 PM19:00

Looking for Loreta Velasquez - the Fantasy Life of a Confederate Heroine

William C. Davis, former director of Virginia Techʹs Center for Civil War Studies, spent 31 years in editorial management in the publishing industry, consulted for numerous film and television productions, and was senior adviser for the A&E and History Channel series Civil War Journal.  Davis is the author of more than 50 books, most recently Crucible of Command and Inventing Loreta Velasquez. He is the only four‐time winner of the Jefferson Davis Award of the Museum of the Confederacy for works on the Civil War and Confederacy.

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CANCELLED: Then & Now Living History Encampment
Sep
21
to Sep 22

CANCELLED: Then & Now Living History Encampment

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

Unfortunately, our fall Military Time Line event is cancelled this year. While having a “end of season” living history event to complete the year has been historically successful, it is increasingly difficult to navigate around PSU home games (we’re only 7 miles away from stadium as the crow flies) and competing with other established events. On the flip-side, we’re looking to host a large Civil War in the Spring!!

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Friends' Lecture Series
Oct
6
2:00 PM14:00

Friends' Lecture Series

Nineteen renowned Northern businessmen made significant contributions to the Union war effort. Their companies benefited from the need for goods during the four-year conflict. John Deere, Cyrus McCormick, Gail Borden, Edward Squibb, Philip Armour, Andrew Carnegie, Frederick Weyerhaeuser, and the Studebaker brothers, as well as other, lesser known, remarkable businessmen will be discussed.

Jeffery D. Wert is a retired Penns Valley Area High School history teacher and the author of hundreds of magazine articles, essays, columns, and several books on aspects of the Civil War. His book, Gettysburg: Day Three, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award.

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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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Liberation and Loss: America and the Holocaust
Sep
8
2:00 PM14:00

Liberation and Loss: America and the Holocaust

This engaging lecture by historian Jared Frederick will offer unique perspective on Americans' perceptions and reactions to the Holocaust in Europe from the 1930s through the 1940s. Additional perspective will be offered via the story of Sergeant Fred M. Weakland, a central Pennsylvania GI from the 80th Infantry Division who was among the first American soldiers to help liberate a concentration camp. This powerful presentation will remind us how and why this tragic moment in history still offers many lessons. Frederick will be signing copies of his various books following his talk.

 Jared Frederick is an Instructor of History at Penn State Altoona. A former park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park, his latest book is Dispatches of D-Day: A People's History of the Normandy Invasion. Learn more at www.jaredfrederick.com.

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Road to Nowhere: the Struggle for the Hurtgen
Aug
4
2:00 PM14:00

Road to Nowhere: the Struggle for the Hurtgen

Joseph R Fischer, Ph.D., is a retired Professor of History from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC). He was CGSC Civilian Instructor of the Year in 2006 and author of A Well-Executed Failure: the Sullivan Campaign Against the Iroquois by University of South Carolina Press (1997 and 2008).  He is also a retired Lieutenant Colonel, USA and an Iraq war veteran. 

Fischer will speak on the topic of the Battle of Hürtgen Forest (1944).  The Hürtgen spanned several months, Sept. 19 to Dec. 16, 1944 in the area North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.  A combined strength of approximately 200,000, US Commander Omar Bradley and Third Reich Commander Walter Model, would face off in a series of battles that collectively came to be known as, Battle of Hürtgen Forest.  A victory for the German’s saw an Allied defeat with devastating casualties.

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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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RESCHEDULED: Liberty Warbirds - Huey 823 Flight Experience
Jul
20
to Jul 21

RESCHEDULED: Liberty Warbirds - Huey 823 Flight Experience

The helicopter has been grounded due to tail rotor and drive shaft repairs.

The Liberty Warbirds will visit the Pennsylvania Military Museum at a later date once the helicopter is repaired.  Please check back here for updates, or contact the Museum via phone or email.

Media Contact:   Tyler Gum.

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The Liberty Warbirds Association will be providing static display & interpretation along flight experiences during the annual Vietnam Revisited Bivouac.  Depending on weather, the Warbirds will arrive on Saturday (July 20) OR Sunday (July 21) to provide an amazing hands on experience! 

Using the Landing Zone in front of the Pennsylvania Military Museum, Huey 823 and crew will provide interpretation of flight and aerial combat to visitors.  Huey 823 flew for the 170th AHC and Company C 101st Avn Bn 101st Airborne in Vietnam during 1968 and 1969.

For those wishing to have a memorable experience of flying in this historic Huey, the Association will be selling memberships to support ongoing maintenance and outreach efforts - $80.00/person not only grants membership to the Liberty Warbird Association but also secures yourself a memorable flight experience!  Flights will take off and land at the Pennsylvania Military Museum.

Be sure to contact the Museum to confirm which day the Huey will be onsite.

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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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The Dawn of a World Forever Changed
May
25
3:00 PM15:00

The Dawn of a World Forever Changed

The Dawn of a World  Forever Changed – The Story of the 509th Composite Group and the Atomic Bomb explores the formation, training, and missions of the super secret organization tasked with delivering the atomic bomb.  Private photos and personal experiences are interspersed with the riveting history of this famous unit that brought an end to hostilities in World War II.  Presented by Museum Senior Lecturer Scott Davis.  Admission required.

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