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Calendar

May
24
Mon
Summer Clothing and Interview Clothing Drive
May 24 @ 8:00 am – Sep 22 @ 3:00 pm

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum is proud to be collecting summer clothing and interview clothing for the community of veterans experiencing homelessness served by Shepherd’s Heart Fellowship & Veterans Home.

 

Suggested clothing of interest includes pants, shorts, T-shirts, light jackets, shoes, unused socks and underclothes. Unopened toiletries will also be collected.

 

Collections will be accepted through the summer months, Monday – Friday 8am – 3pm Please note that masks are encouraged to be worn covering your mouth and nose while inside the building if you are vaccinated, and masks are required to be worn by those not fully vaccinated.

Jun
10
Thu
Spotlight On: Pittsburgh Stories from D-Day – Virtual Event
Jun 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Spotlight On: Pittsburgh Stories from D-Day

June 10, 2021 7PM – Virtual Event

Join us on Facebook or YouTube

June 6, 1944 marked the largest amphibious assault in World War II as the allies invaded the beaches of Normandy, France. Also known as D-Day, there are many stories about individuals from the Pittsburgh area who participated in this historical event. This panel discussion will include historian Jared Frederick, who will share accounts from his book “Dispatches of D-Day: A People’s History of The Normandy Invasion”, a sweeping narrative which paints an eloquent portrait of the soldiers and civilians dramatically affected by what Dwight Eisenhower called “the great crusade”. Also included will be Soldiers & Sailors’ Curator, Michael Kraus who will share the stories associated with artifacts from the museum’s collection that have a connection to D-Day. Please join us to learn about this region’s contributions to changing the course of World War II.

Jared Frederick

Jared Frederick has a lifelong passion for American History. His many books include Gettysburg National Military Park, Dispatches of D-Day, and Hang Tough: The WWII Letters and Artifacts of Major Dick Winters. Prior to his current position as an Instructor of History at Penn State Altoona, Frederick served as a park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Jared has also acted as a talking head in a number of films and documentaries. In 2019, he was a guest host on Turner Classic Movies for the channel’s 25th anniversary. Frederick is available to present a broad range of historical lectures and presentations. Visit www.jaredfrederick.com to learn more.

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.

Jun
30
Wed
Varsity Tutors: Gettysburg Treasures
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“Gettysburg’s Treasures”

How do artifacts from the Battle of Gettysburg teach us about this important Civil War engagement? In this live class, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum will help us uncover the amazing stories that their Civil War collection tells. We will also play a game of “What would you do?” as we put ourselves in the place of those battlefield leaders who faced difficult decisions July 1-3, 1863.

Link: https://www.varsitytutors.com/courses/star-soldiers-and-sailors-6/dp/c558481c-52cb-4ae0-9902-09318c71c764

Jul
8
Thu
Spotlight On: Treasures from Gettysburg
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Spotlight On: Treasures from Gettysburg

July 8, 2021 7PM – Virtual Event

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July 1st through July 3rd marks the anniversary of one of the most significant events in American history, the Battle of Gettysburg. This presentation will examine artifacts from our collection that tell amazing stories about this important Civil War engagement. Curator Michael Kraus will discuss noteworthy discoveries about Gettysburg artifacts in our museum’s collection and examine the impact they contribute to the historical interpretation of the battle. Join us to learn about the “Tales the Artifacts Tell”.

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.

Aug
9
Mon
Civil War Summer Camp
Aug 9 @ 8:00 am – Aug 13 @ 3:00 pm

Soldiers & Sailors’ weeklong Summer Camp program alternates each year between Civil War and World War II themes. There are full-day (9AM-3PM) and half-day (9AM-12PM) options available. Lunch is provided for both options and an afternoon snack is provided for the full-day option. The camps are intended for students entering 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade. Tuition for the camp is $200 for the full-day option and $100 for the half-day option.

Students will engage in a variety of activities which will include, but are not limited to:

• Interaction with re-enactors, veterans and special guests.
• Hands-on experience with artifacts and reproductions from the museum’s collection.
• Tour of the museum’s extensive exhibits.
• Daily sampling of foods from the era.
• Listening to and singing songs from the era.
• Reading interesting stories, articles and working with Primary Sources.
• Arts and crafts activities

Aug
12
Thu
Spotlight On: The Purple Heart
Aug 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Spotlight On: The Purple Heart

August 12, 2021 7PM – Virtual Event

Join us on Facebook or YouTube

The Purple Heart is one of the most well-known military decorations. Established shorty after World War I, the medal is awarded to those who are wounded or killed in action against an enemy while serving in the United States military. Learn the history of the Purple Heart and hear stories from Curator Michael Kraus about individual recipients included in our collection. Also joining the program will be First Lieutenant (Ret.) Dan Telep who served in United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and received of two Purple Hearts. August 7th is Purple Heart day, so please join us a couple days after in the evening of August 12th to honor those who sacrificed for our country.

First Lieutenant (Ret.) Dan Telep

Dan was born and raised in Detroit and graduated from Wayne State Univ. in December 1966. Having previously spent two summers in Quantico, VA with the USMC in their Officers’ Candidate School, upon graduation, Dan was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and returned to Quantico for Leadership Training until June 1967.

Deployed as an Infantry Officer to Vietnam, he arrived in country in late June 1967.  There he was assigned a Rifle Platoon in the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division in Northern ‘l Corps” at the D.M.Z.  Immediately upon arrival, his unit was engaged in a fierce 10-day battle with the 324th Division of the North Vietnam Army. This first engagement of his newly deployed unit, called “Operation Buffalo”, included the grizzly first assignment of evacuating 85 recently killed brave Marines. Their sacrifices, their deaths, this memory first hand, cemented his dedication to the celebration we now call “Memorial Day”.

Having extended his tour, Dan spent a total of 19 months in Vietnam and received two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star Award with Combat V, and two crosses of Gallantry.  He finished his tour of duty at Camp LeJeune in NC, returning to Detroit to obtain his M.B.A. with a plan to pursue a career in Marketing Discipline. Dan now lives in Sewickley has been married to Kitty Fay Telep for 48 years, has four children and enjoys 7 grandchildren.

 

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.

Aug
21
Sat
Code Gomberg Memorial Service
Aug 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Memorial Service:

Code Gomberg

July 5, 1922-April 11, 2021

 

A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 1pm at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum to remember and honor Code’s life.

Aug
25
Wed
Varsity Tutors: The Purple Heart
Aug 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“The Purple Heart”

The Purple Heart is one of the best-known military decorations. Established shortly after World War I, the medal is awarded to those who are wounded or killed in action against an enemy while serving in the United States military. In this interactive class, we’ll learn all about the history of the Purple Heart and hear stories from the Soldiers & Sailors collection about individual recipients. We’ll also play a game of “Fact or fiction?” that will test your knowledge of this award.

Link:  https://www.varsitytutors.com/courses/star-soldiers-and-sailors-7/dp/93213e0d-4352-467b-a51c-68041211ffcc

Sep
2
Thu
9/11 Dog Tag Exhibit
Sep 2 @ 10:00 am – Sep 30 @ 4:00 pm

Twenty years ago, on September 11, 2001, the United States came under attack.

In response, 181,510 Americans enlisted for active duty service, and 72,908 joined

the reserves in the year following Sept. 11.

Out of that fateful day emerged a new generation of Americans ready and prepared to

serve and defend their country and their fellow Americans, no matter the risk. Many paid

the ultimate price to help ensure such a horrific attack on the United States never

happens again.

 

The mission of Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum is to serve as a lasting tribute

to those men and women who unselfishly gave of themselves in service to their country.

This somber 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Soldiers & Sailors will

recognize those service members with an installation of 7,053  dog tags suspended

between the light posts across the walkway leading to the building for visitors to

pass under. Each dog tag represents an individual life lost in the conflicts since

September 11, 2001. Included are 300 special flag dog tags specifically representing each

individual service member from Pennsylvania.

To formally observe the solemn occasion “Taps” will be sounded at dusk on

September 11, 2021.

The building will be closed at this time.

The open-air memorial is free to visit and open 24 hours a day through September 30th.

 

French Legion of Honor Ceremony and Presentation
Sep 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Witness chivalry in the making as 3 WWII Veterans are to be formally presented France’s Highest Honor, the Legion d’honneur, on September 2nd, 2021, in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, beginning at 1PM. This extraordinary event is open to the public yet seating is limited. French Consul General, François Penguilly, of the French Embassy and Consulate in Washington D.C., will be decorating these fine men within the beautiful and spacious Auditorium within the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall.

The Honored Veterans are:

Wally King – 1st Lt. Wallace N. King earned 4 Campaign Stars serving as a Fighter Pilot flying a P-47 Thunderbolt. In September of 1944, 1st Lt. King arrived in France trained as a P-51 Pilot, flew one orientation flight in the P-47, then spent the rest of his war flying “The Jug”. Employing the P-47 in the ground support role, as a pilot in the 513th Fighter Squadron, 406th Fighter Group, the group’s objective was to provide soldiers on the ground a rapid strike capability from the air. The squadron concentrated on bombing and strafing enemy troop concentrations, armored vehicles, fixed and mobile gun emplacements, and rail-head marshaling yards. On his 75th mission, on the 18th of April of 1945, Lt. King was shot down by enemy anti aircraft artillery and briefly fell into captivity. Mr. King is 97.

Guy Prestia – Following basic training, Sergeant Guy Prestia was assigned to Company E of the 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, in May of 1943. In combat Guy carried the Browning automatic rifle that weighed in at nearly 21 pounds. After first arriving in North Africa in 1943, he fought throughout the Italian Campaigns landing in Sicily, then Salerno, Anzio, Rome, the invasion of Southern France, the French eastern frontier and into the heart of Germany. The 45th Infantry Division spent an incredible 511 days in combat. At the end of the war, Guy took part in the liberation of the Dachau Concentration Camp outside of Munich Germany. Mr. Prestia is 99.

Fran Turner – Major Francis C. Turner entered the service as an enlisted man prior to America entering WWII. Following America’s entry, Corporal Turner entered and then completed Officers Candidate School in August of 1942. Assigned to D Company of the 17th Armored Engineers Battalion, Lt. Turner took part in the landing at Rabat Morocco then advanced into Algeria in 1943. After the African campaign concluded, Lt. Turner arrived in Tidworth England to prepare for the Invasion of Normandy. The task of the battalion was to sweep for mines ahead of the infantry and establish a clear a path for armored vehicles, all under fire. Once in France, he was assigned to Company A of the 17th Armored Engineers Battalion, 2nd Armored Division, where he participated in combat operations during the Normandy Invasion and throughout Northern France. As the war progressed, Lt. Turner entered Belgium, Holland, took part in the Ardennes Offensive also known as the Battle of the Bulge, and then crossed the Rhine River at Wessel Germany. Lt. Turner was awarded the Silver Star for ‘Extraordinary Heroism’ and a Bronze Star for Valor. Following his service in WWII, Lt. Turner joined the U.S. Army Reserves and retired as a Major in 1979; serving his country for 38 years. Mr. Turner is 102.

In addition to an address by the Consul General and the veterans being decorated, the ceremony will also feature remarks by Madame Françoise Crozet, who will convey the love and respect that the citizens of France have for their liberators, and then, an address from Brigadier General (Retired) David Papak, USMC, highlighting the ongoing mission of our Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

September 2nd, 1945… As we reflect upon this medal ceremony in 2021, we must remember that 76 years ago to this very day, that on the deck of the USS Missouri, in 1945, the final surrender ending World War Two took place. What better way to celebrate Liberty and Freedom then to honor 3 gallant men who did their part in securing those most sought after ideals…

Admission is free.