NEW GALLERY ADDITION: M1874 GATLING GUN
A standard weapon of the U.S. Army from 1866-1904, the Gatling gun used multiple barrels revolving around an axis to fire in sustained bursts. The M1874 weighs 170 pounds, fires 200 rounds per minute, and requires a 4-man crew for operation. Invented by Dr. Richard J. Gatling, he sought to create a weapon which could do the work of a hundred men and reduce the number of men needed to fight.
More additions to our gallery are coming soon - keep up to date on our new Special Exhibits page!
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.
DATE/TIME: Sunday NOVEMBER 4, 2018 2:00 p.m.
Open Veterans Day. Free admission for veterans & their family members.
DATE/TIME: Sunday NOVEMBER 11, 2018 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
FRIENDS’ LECTURE SERIES: “WELCOME HOME, BRO”
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.
DATE/TIME: Sunday NOVEMBER 11, 2018 2:00 p.m.
COMING SOON: “THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE” MEDAL OF HONOR TEMPORARY EXHIBIT
“The Ultimate Sacrifice,” an exhibit of Mr. Foster J. Sayers, Sr.’s, Medal of Honor, will soon be on display in the Museum Gallery. As a Private First Class (PFC) serving with Co. L., 357th Infantry, 90th Division, Sayers was awarded the Medal of Honor for his conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty in combat on November 12, 1944. PFC Sayers heroically gave his life in service to our nation 75 years ago while combating tyranny in Nazi Germany.
In honor of Mr. Sayers service and sacrifice, we are exhibiting the medals awarded to him marking the 75th anniversary of his heroic actions near Thionville, France during World War II. His Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, and Bronze Star will be on exhibit together. The exhibit will be on display for six months allowing visitors to reflect on this gentleman’s service and sacrifice prior to the artifacts returning to secure holding.
For updates and more information, please check out our new Special Exhibits page!