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Nov
24
Tue
Homeless Veteran Winter Gear Drive
Nov 24 2020 @ 5:31 pm – Feb 28 2021 @ 12:00 pm

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum is proud to be collecting winter outerwear for the homeless veterans 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 – Friday 8am – 3pm with the exception of December 24th, 25,th 26th and 31st and January 1st. Please note that masks are required to be worn covering your mouth and nose while inside the building.

Jan
26
Tue
Vitalant Blood Drive
Jan 26 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Registration is required for blood donors. Click here for more information.

Feb
3
Wed
Vitalant Blood Drive
Feb 3 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Registration is required for blood donors. Click here for more information.

Feb
11
Thu
The John L. Ford, Sr. African American Heritage Celebration – Virtual Event
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Click here at 7:00PM on Thursday, February 11th to view the event streamed live on Facebook or YouTube

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.

African Americans played a significant role during the Civil War. This panel discussion will specifically examine the involvement of the African American community in Western Pennsylvania leading up to the conflict, during the war and the aftermath. Topics addressed will include both the significant contributions made while serving in the military and at back at home. There will also be a special appearance by the Soldiers & Sailors 6th Regiment USCT Drum Corps. Please join us to learn about this significant time in American History and the substantial impact made by the African American community in Western Pennsylvania.

Civil War era photo courtesy of the Ken Turner Collection

African American Heritage Celebration Panelists:

Lynne Hayes-Freeland (Moderator)

Award-winning journalist and Pittsburgh native Lynne Hayes-Freeland hosts a talk show on KDKA Radio Monday-Friday from 12pm to 3pm. She is also producer/host of “The Lynne Hayes-Freeland Show,” a weekly half-hour program airing at 11am on WPCW-TV, which concentrates on local African American issues.

She began her broadcast career as the producer of the Roy Fox Show on KDKA-Radio. Since joining KDKA-TV2 in 1976, Lynne has held a variety of positions. She was a field producer for the station’s “Evening Magazine” program. In 1981, Lynne moved to the station’s programming department where she created “Weekend Magazine”, produced what was then known as the “Vibrations” program, and directed a variety of commercial efforts. In 1985, Lynne began a five-year stint as the producer of KDKA’s Annual Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund Telethon. As a result of those efforts, Lynne was named Director of Community Programs until her move to the news department.

An active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Lynne has also been involved in a variety of community service work including volunteering time on several local Boards. Her work has been recognized by organizations both locally and nationally.

A graduate of St. Paul’s Cathedral, now part of Oakland Catholic, and Duquesne University, Lynne resides in Pittsburgh.

 

Michael Kraus

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Curator of Collections

A well-known military historian, Kraus has authored several Civil War books, including a chapter in “The Civil War in Pennsylvania – The African American Experience” analyzing the photographic presence of  African American Pennsylvanians in the Civil War. He has also been tapped as consultant for numerous films and documentaries.

 

JaQuay Edward Carter

Award-winning historian and USMC Veteran, JaQuay Edward Carter, is committed to serving others. Mr. 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, earning 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 created the Black History Society of Western Pennsylvania, which is dedicated to the research and repository of our region’s African American experience.

 

Richard Condon

Richard is a public historian from Western Pennsylvania, currently living in the South Carolina Lowcountry. For nine years, he has worked with a multitude of sites and organizations, including The Battle of Franklin Trust, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Flight 93 National Memorial, and Reconstruction Era National Historical Park in Beaufort County, South Carolina. Condon is the founder of Civil War Pittsburgh and contributor to the “Pennsylvania in the Civil War” blog, which both focus on education and preservation regarding Pennsylvania’s role in the American Civil War.

Feb
18
Thu
Vitalant Blood Drive
Feb 18 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Registration is required for blood donors. Click here for more information.

Feb
23
Tue
Varsity Tutors: African Americans in the Civil War presented by Soldiers & Sailors
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm

African American soldiers played a key role in the Civil War. In this live class, we’ll learn about this significant era in American history and the substantial impact that African American soldiers made. We’ll hear the stories of Medal of Honor recipients Alexander Kelly and James H. Bronson, as well as follow the journey of Matthew Nesbitt from “slave to soldier” in an interactive exploration that challenges you to ask, “What would I do?” The free class will take place Tuesday, February 23rd at 7PM.

Click here for more information and to register.

Feb
24
Wed
Vitalant Blood Drive
Feb 24 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Registration is required for blood donors. Click here for more information.

Mar
9
Tue
Vitalant Blood Drive
Mar 9 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Registration is required for blood donors. Click here for more information.

Mar
11
Thu
Spotlight On: Nurses in the Military
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum

Spotlight On: Nurses in the Military

March 11, 2021 7PM

Virtual Event – Join us on Facebook or YouTube

Beginning with the Civil War, female nurses have played a significant role in the United States Military. This panel discussion will highlight Donna Gardner, who spent 22 years in the Navy. Donna will discuss her time in the Navy Nurse Corps and her post military career. Also featured will be Jake Wynn, Director of Interpretation at the National Museum for Civil War Medicine in Frederick, MD and Michael Kraus, Curator at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. Jake and Michael will provide a historical perspective on the evolutionary roles that nurses have played throughout history. Please join us as we honor female nurses in the military as a part of Women’s History Month.

Please check here for a link to the live stream. The link will be available approximately one week prior to the event.

Meet the Panel:

Donna Klaput Gardner – United States Navy Nurse, Retired

A native of Freeport, Pennsylvania, Donna Klaput Gardner graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  In January 1978, she received her commission in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps and began her military career at Naval Regional Medical Center, Portsmouth, Virginia.  Donna spent the next twenty-two years in assignments through the United States and Japan ranging from staff nurse, to nurse recruiter, to staff development officer, to director of branch medical clinics.  Along the way, she was selected for the Navy graduate education program and attended East Carolina University where she received her Master of Science in Nursing as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist.  She retired from the Naval Medical Clinic in Charleston, South Carolina in 2000, where she then became a health educator to military beneficiaries.  In 2003, she returned to Pennsylvania and accepted a faculty position at St Margaret School of Nursing, where she taught in the RN and LPN programs for 10 years.  She retired in 2013 and lives in Freeport with her husband, Steven.

Jake Wynn – National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Director of Interpretation

Jake is a 2015 graduate of Hood College in Frederick, MD where he received his bachelor’s degree in history and communications arts. Wynn has previously worked with the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, the Tourism Council of Frederick County, and Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. He is currently stationed at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum in Washington, DC. He writes independently on the history and culture of Pennsylvania’s Anthracite Coal Region at his blog, Wynning History, and is a founding contributor to the Pennsylvania in the Civil War blog.

Michael Kraus – Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, Curator of Collections

A well-known military historian, Kraus has authored several Civil War books, including a chapter in “The Civil War in Pennsylvania – The African American Experience” analyzing the photographic presence of  African American Pennsylvanians in the Civil War. He has also been tapped as consultant for numerous films and documentaries.

 

 

 

Mar
16
Tue
Vitalant Blood Drive
Mar 16 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Registration is required for blood donors. Click here for more information.