2015 Events Schedule
January - February : Closed for the Season thru March 6; Open for Special Programming and Tours.
March 03 – Central Pennsylvania Civil War Round Table Series: “Fall of Fort Fisher, NC: The Gibraltar of the Confederacy” This year marks the 150th anniversary closure of the last major Atlantic seaport for Confederate blockade runners. Located on one of Cape Fear River's two outlets, this Wilmington fort protected a critical supply line to Petersburg and Richmond. Because of the roughness of the sea lanes, it was known as the "Gibraltar of the South." by Dr. John Quarstein 7:00 p.m. Donation Requested
March 04 – Friends’ Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: “Penn State’s Participation in the Great War – World War One” by Michael Bezilla 7:30 p.m. Donation Requested
March 07/08- CHARTER DAY WEEKEND - Museum reopens to the public on Saturday 03/07/15 with an Army Signal Corps Movie Madness Festival. World War One is the topic beginning at 10 a.m. with the film "Crusaders of the Sky" featuring American pilots serving "over there." Immediatley following is the U.S Army production The Big Picture biography of General Black Jack Pershing who commanded the American Expeditionary Force in France. The Signal Corps action continues at 1:30 p.m. with WWII newsreels of "1st US Army-Aachen to the Roer"; "The Enemy Strikes", and "Crossing the Rhine." The festival ends with a short ten-minute piece of raw camera footage titled "Battleground Aachen" showing the city of Aachen ten years after the war. Regular admission rates apply. On Sunday 03/08, Charter Day, there will be Free Admission to commemorate the granting of the Charter from Charles II to William Penn which founded “Penn’s Woods” in 1681. Museum hours on Sunday are Noon to 4 p.m.
March 21 – 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 – 1:30 p.m. *Annual
Men of the 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division enter the Huertgen Forest in NOV 1944.
April 01 – Friends’ Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "Remembering World War II, A Pilot's Journey" Army Air Forces pilot John F. Homan discusses his experiences during World War II. 7:30 p.m. Donation Requested
April 18 – LECTURE: “AIR WAR - A First Hand Account of Combat and Capture” Retired Air Force SGT Major Bob Baker of Mapleton, PA recounts his World War II experiences as a B17 flight engineer, gunner and German prisoner of war. 1:30 p.m. Regular Admission Rates Apply
April 25 - "KiDS DAY I: Dress Up & Discover!!" - The first of four events where kids of all ages get to try on the field gear and head gear from the museum education collection. Bring cameras and pose for pictures in the museum theatre. Visit education stations in the galleries for more fun discoveries throughout the day. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Regular Admission Rates Apply
May 02 – 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. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. *Annual
May 05 – Central Pennsylvania Civil War Round Table Series: "To Whom Would You Entrust the Confederate Treasury?" Commander John Taylor Wood, CSN, (Jefferson Davis's nephew) is entrusted with the gold of the Confederate treasury at the fall of Richmond in April 1865. He's instructed to transport it to Texas. where deposed President Jefferson Davis intends to reestablish the Confederate government. Captain James Bloom, USN (ret), traces the movement of both Commander Wood and the gold. 7:00 p.m. Donation Requested
May 06 – Friends’ Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "Gettysburg: Myths, Misconceptions and Misinformation" -American military history author Robert P. Broadwater will compare first-hand accounts with the historic record to show how the event battle has been altered and maligned. 7:30 p.m. Donation Requested
May 09 & 10 – “The Great War Remembered: World War One" Living historians encamp adjacent to the museum interpreting life on the Western Front. Daily programs in museum theater. Saturday 10:30 - "The Rise of the Beast: How America Entered the War"; 1:00 - "Tanks & Combined Arms: A Revolution in Ground Warfare"; 2:30 - "GAS! GAS! GAS! The Terrible Weapon of World War One." Sunday 1:00 Life on the Western Front in Film. Narrated showing of the U.S. Army Signal Corps movie "America Goes Over" c.1918. Museum admission required for programs.
May 17 – “A CELEBRATION OF SERVICE: HONORING PENNSYLVANIA VETERANS” – U.S. Army reunion and memorial service sponsored by the Pennsylvania National Guard commemorating the Pennsylvanian Citizen Soldier; military band concert, and equipment displays. Ceremony begins at 12:30 p.m. *Annual
May 23 & 24 – “WORLD WAR II REVISITED Living History Bivouac” – WWII re-enactors bivouac on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Military Museum portraying field life in the European Theater of Operations, 1944-45. A small squad tactical demonstration against German opposition is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. each day; Bivouac open to the public 10:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. Call ahead for itinerary.
May 23 – “LETTERS FROM HOME: A Serviceman’s Canteen Show” – Experience the music, dance and comedy of the 1940’s with a brilliantly choreographed show reminiscent of the era. 2:30 pm. (Please provide own seating) Donation Requested.
May 25 – OPEN Memorial Day. Guided tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Regular Admission Rates Apply
May 25 – ALLEGHENY MOUNTAIN REGION A.A.C.A. CAR SHOW- Regional Antique Automobile Club of America Chapter’s annual summer season kickoff event featuring many pre-war through modern classics on display throughout the grounds of the 28th Division Shrine Complex/PA Military Museum; $5 for on-site parking. 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. *Annual
JUNE All Month - Guided Tour Weekends - Received a personal guided tour for the regular admission price on Saturdays and Sundays. 1:00 p.m.
June 03 – Friends’ Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "The Original Veteran: World War One Doughboys" by Richard Frederick, PhD 7:30 p.m. Donation Requested
June 13 – LECTURE/MOVIE "The Bear that Inspired Winnie the Pooh" – 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. Donations encouraged for admission; 1:30 p.m.
June 14 – FLAG DAY CELEBRATION – The State College Elks and local veteran’s organizations host a joint Flag Day and flag retirement ceremony on the grounds of the 28th Infantry Division Shrine. The public are encouraged to bring their unserviceable American flags for proper disposal. 6 p.m. Shrine parade grounds.
June 20 – "BUZZ CUT SATURDAY" - Commemorate the beginning of summer with a traditional boot camp haircut. Donation accepted or free with admission. 10 to 3 p.m.
June 27 - LECTURE "The Rise of the Beast: How the Nation Changed for Our Entry into World War One." - Americans were evenly divided or unconcerned about the combatants on the killing fields of France in 1914. This presentation discusses our slide into war on the decks of sinking merchantmen, and how the government marketed the war after it was declared. 2:00 p.m. Regular Admission Rates Apply
July 04 – "KiDs Day II: Dress Up & Discover" - Kids of all ages get to wear uniforms from the museum education collections. Pose for pictures while "driving" an authentic WWII or Korean War era jeep! 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Regular Admission Rates Apply
July 07 – Central Pennsylvania Civil War Round Table Series: "Before the Crater: The 48th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry at Petersburg, June 1864" Noted author and National Park Service interpretive ranger Mr. John Hoptak discusses the story of the mine tunnel dug under the defenses east of Petersburg, VA, by soldiers from the anthracite coal fields of Schuylkill county, PA. 7:00 p.m. Donation Requested
July 09 to 12– PEOPLE’S CHOICE FESTIVAL OF PENNSYLVANIA ARTS; Annual arts and crafts festival features the best of Central Pennsylvania’s artisans; Food, fun and family entertainment in a park-like setting. Visit www.peopleschoicefestival.com for more information. $5.00 for onsite parking. *Annual
July 18 & 19– “VIETNAM Revisited Living History Combat Bivouac” – Living historians bivouac (encampment) on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Military Museum portraying the combat soldier of the Vietnam era, in-country, in Southeast Asia. Daily programs include accompanying squads on Recon Patrols and a tactical patrol ambush demonstration at 1:30 p.m. Bivouac opens at 10 a.m. *Annual
AUGUST All Month - Guided Tour Weekends - Received a personal guided tour for the regular admission price on Saturdays and Sundays. 1:00 p.m.
August 04 – Central Pennsylvania Civil War Round Table Series: "Military Ballooning and the American Civil War" Former Gettysburg National Military Park guide Mr. John Augustine will discuss the ascendancy of Thaddeus Lowe as Chief of the U.S. Army Balloon Corps, the technological developments of ballooning, and their use during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign. 7:00 p.m. Donation Requested
August 05 – Friends’ Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: TBA 7:30 p.m. Donation Requested
August 15 – "KiDs Day III: Dress Up & Discover" - Kids of all ages get to wear uniforms from the museum education collections. Pose for pictures while "driving" an authentic WWII or Korean War era jeep! 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Regular Admission Rates Apply
September 01 – Central Pennsylvania Civil War Round Table Series Pot Luck Picnic: "Myth's About Lee's Surrender" Author and Appomattox Courthouse historian Mr. Patrick Schroeder will discuss Robert E. Lee's surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia to Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant's Army of the Potomac at Appomattox Courthouse 150 years ago. 6:00 p.m. Beneath the picnic pavilion on the grounds. Food Donation Requested
September 07- OPEN Labor Day. Guided Tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Regular Admission Rates Apply
October 06 – Central Pennsylvania Civil War Round Table Series: "For Light and Liberty: African Descent Spies in the War of the Rebellion" Assistant Director & Curator of the African American Civil War Memorial Foundation and Museum Hari Jones identifies and tracks the activities of a secret African descent organization that sought to end slavery in league with the U.S. Constitution. 7:00 p.m. Donation Requested
October 07 – Friends’ Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: “President Eisenhower: His Foreign Policy in General and Korea in Particular” by PSU professor, Dr. Greg Ferro. 7:30 p.m. Donation Requested
October 24 & 25– “Then & NOW Living History Encampment/Bivouac” – Visit this Living History Time Line of Uniforms and Equipment from the 18th through 21st centuries on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Military Museum battle dress uniform show begins at 1:00 p.m. each day. 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. *Annual
November 04 – Friends’ Richard Koontz Memorial Lecture Series: "A War in Letters" Retired high school teacher and Keystone College/Penn Sate University instructor Mary Beth Kennedy Vodo will discuss the battle for Iwo Jima as told in correspondence to the families of two combatants: USMC Private First Class Tom Kennedy and Imperial Japanese Army General Tadamichi Kuribayashi. Although oceans apart in ideology and culture, these men shared a common love of family and sense of duty to country. 7:30 p.m. Donation requested
November 07 - "KiDS DAY IV: Dress Up & Discover!!" - Bi-annual event where kids of all ages get to wear military uniforms from the museum education collection. Bring cameras and pose for pictures in the museum theatre. Visit education stations in the galleries for more fun discoveries throughout the day. Regular Admission Rates Apply 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
November 10 – Central Pennsylvania Civil War Round Table Series: "Before the Crater: The 48th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry at Petersburg, June 1864" Noted author and National Park Service interpretive ranger discusses the story of the mine tunnel dug under the defenses east of Petersburg, VA, by soldiers from the anthracite coal fields of Schuylkill county, PA. 7:00 p.m. Donation Requested
November 11 – OPEN Veteran’s Day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with FREE ADMISSION for veterans and family members.
November 29 – CLOSED FOR THE SEASON (Reopening in March 2016)
December 07 – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Tribute; Seventy- four 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.12:45 p.m. * Annual