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Nov
5
Fri
Winter Clothing Drive
Nov 5 2021 @ 8:00 am – Feb 28 2022 @ 3:00 pm

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum is proud to be collecting winter outerwear for veterans experiencing homelessness of Shepherd’s Heart Fellowship & Veterans Home.

Suggested winter gear donations include winter coats and scarves with a special emphasis on warm gloves and winter hats.

Collections will be accepted through the winter months, Monday – Saturday 8am – 3pm with the exception of November 25th and 26th, December 24th, 25,th 26th and 31st, January 1st, and February 21st. Please note that masks are recommended to be worn covering your mouth and nose while inside the building.

Feb
10
Thu
Spotlight On: Robert Gould Shaw Post 206: African Americans in the Civil War
Feb 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum

Spotlight On: Robert Gould Shaw Post 206: African Americans in the Civil War

February 10, 2022 7PM

Virtual Event – Join us on Facebook or YouTube

 

Approximately 180,000 African Americans served during the Civil War as a part of the USCT (United States Colored Troops). After the war many of those former soldiers joined a popular national veteran’s organization known as the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). Pittsburgh was home to the Colonel Robert Gould Shaw Post, one of 15 “colored” posts in Pennsylvania. Each GAR post kept a book in which individual histories of their members were recorded. The Shaw Post’s book is a part of the collection at Soldiers & Sailors and contains valuable information regarding the service of Pittsburgh’s African Americans. Join Curator Michael Kraus and Educator Tim Neff to learn these stories and more.

 

Presenter Bios

Michael Kraus

A well-known Civil War historian, Kraus currently works as Curator/Historian for Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum. His accomplishments include several historical consultant credits for major films, writing and narrating the documentary series Civil War Minutes and Civil War Life as well as authoring articles and books regarding the conflict. Michael also is an accomplished sculptor with an impressive resume of historically themed works in bronze.

 

Tim Neff

Tim Neff began working at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust, Inc. in 2002 as the Director of Education. In 2017, Tim took on the role of Vice President and Director of Museum & Education at Soldiers & Sailors. He is a certified Social Studies teacher and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. During his time at Soldiers & Sailors, Tim has developed a variety of museum programs including: interactive and engaging tours and field trips, a footlocker outreach program, Boy Scout merit badge programs, teacher conferences, summer camps, community history events and much more. Tim is a past recipient of the Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies “Friend of Social Studies” award and he has presented at a number of history related and educational conferences throughout Western Pennsylvania.

Feb
24
Thu
The John L. Ford, Sr. African American Heritage Celebration
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The John L. Ford, Sr. African American Heritage Celebration

February 24, 2022 – 7PM

Free Virtual Event – Join us on Facebook or YouTube

Breaking Barriers in World War II

How a city forged in steel, along with the Pittsburgh Courier’s Double “VV” Campaign and Western Pennsylvania’s Tuskegee Airmen, paved the way for Civil Rights in America

Panel Discussion:

Moderator: Sonya D. Ford, Program Manager, Carnegie Mellon University, Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship

Panelists: Jaquay Edward Carter, Award Winning Historian & USMC Veteran

                   Michael Kraus, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Curator

Soldiers & Sailors 6th Regiment USCT Drum Corps Performance Video

Moderator: Sonya D. Ford, Program Manager, Carnegie Mellon University, Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship

Panelist Bios:

JaQuay Edward Carter

Award-winning historian and USMC Veteran, JaQuay Edward Carter, has a long history of community service, military service, and human services advocacy. JaQuay began his post-secondary education at the Community College of Allegheny County, completing an associate degree in Ethnic and Diversity Studies. Soon after, he enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his undergraduate degree in History Education/Africana Studies. In 2018, JaQuay was directed back to his hometown of Hazelwood through his passion for history and neighborhood pride. He founded the Greater Hazelwood Historical Society of Pittsburgh and Cultural Center. The following year, he formed the Black History Society of Western Pennsylvania, which is dedicated to the research and repository of our region’s African American experience. JaQuay began working with Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation in 2020 as a consultant on African American Industrial Heritage and Diversity Initiatives. In June of 2021, he became the first person of color to guide industrial tours at the Carrie Blast Furnaces National Historic Landmark. Mr. Carter is currently pursuing dual degrees in Master of Divinity (M.Div.) at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) at Carnegie-Mellon University.

Michael Kraus, Curator, Soldiers & Sailors

A well-known Civil War historian, Kraus currently works as Curator/Historian for Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum. His accomplishments include several historical consultant credits for major films, writing and narrating the documentary series Civil War Minutes and Civil War Life as well as authoring articles and books regarding the conflict. Michael also is an accomplished sculptor with an impressive resume of historically themed works in bronze.

 

The John L. Ford, Sr., African American Heritage Celebration is a FREE annual event focusing on the sacrifices & contributions of African-Americans during the American conflicts. Developed in 2011 by Mr. Ford, the event has become a valued aspect of the museum’s community outreach. In 2020, the African American Heritage Celebration was renamed in honor of the late John L. Ford, Sr., who served as Soldiers & Sailors Historian from 2007 through 2017.

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