EVENTS AT THE MUSEUM 8/16/19

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OPEN Labor Day

  • Monday, September 2, 2019

  • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Open on Labor Day. Guided tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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Liberation and Loss: America and the Holocaust

  • Sunday, September 8, 2019

  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This engaging lecture by historian Jared Frederick will offer unique perspective on Americans' perceptions and reactions to the Holocaust in Europe from the 1930’s through the 1940’s. 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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Then & Now Living History Encampment

  • Sat, Sep 21 and Sun Sept 22, 2019 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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.

EVENTS AT THE MUSEUM 8/2/19

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Road to Nowhere: the Struggle for the Hurtgen

  • Sunday, August 4, 2019

  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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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American Caesar: MacArthur as Viceroy of Japan 1945-51

  • Saturday, August 10, 2019

  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Former surface Naval Warfare Officer Rick Bigelow discusses General Douglas MacArthur’s role in the post-war planning of peace in the Pacific. Regular Museum admission rates apply.

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OPEN Labor Day

  • Monday, September 2, 2019

  • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Open on Labor Day. Guided tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

EVENTS AT THE MUSEUM 7/19/19

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Vietnam Revisited Living History Combat Bivouac

  • Sat, Jul 20, 2019 10:00 AM through Sun, Jul 21, 2019 4:00 PM

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 ambush demonstration at 1:30 p.m.

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Liberty Warbirds - Huey 823 Flight Experience

The Liberty Warbirds will be unable to attend this weekend’s event, Vietnam Revisited.

 

The helicopter (Huey 823) has been grounded due to tail rotor and drive shaft repairs; the flight crew expects the helicopter to operational later this month.  We will notify all of you, along with the media, of the reschedule date of when Huey 823 will be onsite for flights. 

The remainder of the event will continue, including combat patrols, demonstrations, historic encampment, lectures, and tours. 

For additional information contact the Museum.  Press contact is Tyler O. Gum, Museum Director, or Joe Horvath, Museum Educator.

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EVENTS AT THE MUSEUM 7/5/19

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DOCUMENTARY: "The Battle of the Somme"

  • Saturday, July 6, 2019

  • 2:30 PM

In 1916, a British War Office film crew documents the first days of this summer battle that lasted four months at the cost of more than one million killed and wounded. The film was rushed for release to the public in the hopes of boosting morale. Regular admission rates apply.

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Vietnam Revisited Living History Combat Bivouac

  • Sat, Jul 20, 2019 10:00 AM through Sun, Jul 21, 2019 4:00 PM

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 ambush demonstration at 1:30 p.m.

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Liberty Warbirds - Huey 823 Flight Experience

  • Sat, Jul 20, 2019 10:00 AM through Sun, Jul 21, 2019 5:00 PM (to be determined)

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.