Calendar - Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust, Inc.

Calendar

Jan
12
Thu
Spotlight On: One Year in the Curatorial Department
Jan 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Spotlight On:

One Year in the Curatorial Department

January 12, 2023

Free Virtual Event – Join us on Facebook or YouTube

Please note: You can use the links above to watch archived Spotlight On programs!

Soldiers & Sailors maintains a collection of more than 11,000 objects, a number that continues to increase each year as new donations are accepted. The artifacts range from the Civil War to the present day and include uniforms, equipment, weaponry, paintings, photos books, personal letters, diaries, medals and a host of other US military relevant items. Join Curator Michael Kraus and Collections Manager Lisa Terrano for a fascinating look “behind the scenes” at what it is like to work with the museum’s collection. The program will specifically highlight several significant objects that arrived over the course of 2022 and the stories behind them.

 

Michael Kraus Bio:

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.

Lisa Terrano Bio:

Lisa Terrano is the Collections Manager at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum.  She joined the Museum in 2015 and has always had a passionate interest in military history. She is responsible for the safe storage of artifacts in the permanent collection, cataloging artifacts and has worked on display installations, museum tours, grant writing and fundraising events. She holds Masters in Military History from American Public University and a BA in History and Minor in Historical Preservation from the University of Pittsburgh.

Jan
28
Sat
Soldiers & Sailors Tabletop Gamers
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Soldiers & Sailors Tabletop Gamers

10AM – 4PM

Welcome to the monthly game day for the Soldiers & Sailors Tabletop Gamers! We welcome interested gamers ages 10 and up of all experience levels (including none) who want to bring or just play historical board games and miniatures war games, in keeping with the museums mission. Game days will require you to pay standard museum admission, which is listed on the museums website: https://www.soldiersandsailorshall.org/museum/.  HINT: The annual membership is very inexpensive! https://www.soldiersandsailorshall.org/donate/#membership.

For more information please contact Tim Neff: tim@soldiersandsailorshall.org

 

For January’s gameday we will be playing games from the Soldiers & Sailors collection of games!

For a full list of our game inventory click here!

Before January’s Game Day:

  • Pick out a game or two and put the game name in the event discussion at least a week before game day. The rules will be posted so you can read them in advance.
  • Or you can reply to someone else’s post that you will play the game they selected. Your game will be out and ready to play on the 28th.
  • If anyone wants to play Battle Cry, lovely painted miniatures donated by HMGS Next Gen will be available.

 

What is Tabletop Gaming?

Tabletop gaming is played on a table with physical pieces, as opposed to video/computer games. Tabletop gaming includes both board games with playing pieces (for example, Stratego) and miniature games. Miniature games use representative terrain game boards and miniature military figures.

 

Please click on the green “Tickets” button to register and pre-pay admission to attend.

Feb
9
Thu
Spotlight On: Thinking of You
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Spotlight On:

Thinking of You

February 9, 2023

Free Virtual Event – Join us on Facebook or YouTube

Please note: You can use the links above to watch archived Spotlight On programs!

For soldiers and sailors serving around the world, thoughts of home and family are often an important source of comfort needed to pass the time when far away. Since the earliest days of American military service, servicemen, servicewomen  and their loved ones have used may different communication methods to stay in touch and reflect upon their strong bonds. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this program will highlight a number of letters, cards, diaries, photos and more items from the museum’s collection that represent the theme “Thinking of You”.

 

Michael Kraus Bio:

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.

 

Lisa Terrano Bio:

Lisa Terrano is the Collections Manager at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum.  She joined the Museum in 2015 and has always had a passionate interest in military history. She is responsible for the safe storage of artifacts in the permanent collection, cataloging artifacts and has worked on display installations, museum tours, grant writing and fundraising events. She holds Masters in Military History from American Public University and a BA in History and Minor in Historical Preservation from the University of Pittsburgh.

Feb
11
Sat
Soldiers & Sailors Tabletop Gamers
Feb 11 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Soldiers & Sailors Tabletop Gamers

10AM – 4PM

Welcome to the monthly game day for the Soldiers & Sailors Tabletop Gamers! We welcome interested gamers ages 10 and up of all experience levels (including none) who want to bring or just play historical board games and miniatures war games, in keeping with the museums mission. Game days will require you to pay standard museum admission, which is listed on the museums website: https://www.soldiersandsailorshall.org/museum/.  HINT: The annual membership is very inexpensive! https://www.soldiersandsailorshall.org/donate/#membership.

For more information please contact Tim Neff: tim@soldiersandsailorshall.org

 

What is Tabletop Gaming?

Tabletop gaming is played on a table with physical pieces, as opposed to video/computer games. Tabletop gaming includes both board games with playing pieces (for example, Stratego) and miniature games. Miniature games use representative terrain game boards and miniature military figures.

Please click on the green “Tickets” button to register and pre-pay admission to attend.

Feb
23
Thu
John L. Ford, Sr. African American Heritage Celebration
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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

February 23, 2023 – 7PM

Free Virtual Event

Free Virtual Event – Join us on Facebook or YouTube

Unforgotten Heroes: The Black Experience in World War I

Panel Discussion:

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

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

Panelist: Michael Kraus, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Curator

Featuring: Soldiers & Sailors 6th Regiment USCT Drum Corps Performance Video

More than 380,000 African Americans served in the US Army during World War I. Even in the face of a segregated society and military, Black men were willing to serve their country. This program will examine the significant contributions made by Black soldiers and will also highlight the role that Pittsburgh played in the Great War. Join us to learn about the “Unforgotten Heroes” of World War I.

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

Panelist: JaQuay Edward Carter

JaQuay Edward Carter, award-winning historian and USMC Veteran, is a Pittsburgh native who has been researching the region’s history for over a decade, with a primary focus on the Black Experience. Mr. Carter is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where he majored in History Education. In January of 2018, JaQuay founded the Greater Hazelwood Historical Society of Pittsburgh, which is now internationally recognized. Currently, Mr. Carter is an Interpretive Specialist, archivist, writer and Community Outreach Coordinator at the Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation.

Panelist: 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.

 

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.

Mar
9
Thu
Spotlight On: The Female Soldier: Elaine H. Berkowitz, DMD
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Spotlight On:

The Female Soldier: Elaine H. Berkowitz, DMD

March 9, 2023 7PM

Free Virtual Event – Join us on Facebook or YouTube

Please note: You can use the links above to watch archived Spotlight On programs!

Dr. Elaine Berkowitz, a Pittsburgh native, received her Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. She retired from the Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel with 38 years of service, and she deployed 4 times and has accumulated numerous medals and awards. Dr. Berkowitz is a member of various military and dental organizations. She is active in the Reserve Officers Association, the Military Order of World Wars, The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Jewish War Veterans, Women Army Corp Veterans Association, Women’s Overseas Service League as well as the American Dental Association and Special Advocates in Dentistry, to name a few.  She received a Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Prizren, Kosovo. This prestigious award was previously given to Bill Clinton and Tony Blair. Dr. Berkowitz has published her autobiography, “Live Life…Love Country”.

Mar
18
Sat
Soldiers & Sailors Tabletop Gamers
Mar 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Soldiers & Sailors Tabletop Gamers

10AM – 4PM

Welcome to the monthly game day for the Soldiers & Sailors Tabletop Gamers! We welcome interested gamers ages 10 and up of all experience levels (including none) who want to bring or just play historical board games and miniatures war games, in keeping with the museums mission. Game days will require you to pay standard museum admission, which is listed on the museums website: https://www.soldiersandsailorshall.org/museum/.  HINT: The annual membership is very inexpensive! https://www.soldiersandsailorshall.org/donate/#membership.

For more information please contact Tim Neff: tim@soldiersandsailorshall.org

 

What is Tabletop Gaming?

Tabletop gaming is played on a table with physical pieces, as opposed to video/computer games. Tabletop gaming includes both board games with playing pieces (for example, Stratego) and miniature games. Miniature games use representative terrain game boards and miniature military figures.

Mar
26
Sun
Joseph A. Dugan, Jr. Hall of Valor Induction Ceremony
Mar 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

On Sunday, March 26, 2023, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust, Inc., will induct the next group of veterans into the Joseph A. Dugan, Jr. Hall of Valor.

The ceremony begins at 2 pm in the auditorium and is open to the public and free to attend. In honor of the Hall of Valor Ceremony, the museum is open and admission is free on March 26th from 12 pm – 2 pm.

The event will also be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube so that anyone who wants to watch this remarkable group can do so from the safety of their home.

Please use the following links to view the event on either Facebook Live or YouTube.

The links will become active about 5 minutes prior to the ceremony

Facebook

https://www.youtube.com/@soldierssailorsmemorialhal836/streams

Please note the luncheon immediately following the ceremony requires prior reservation which can be done through Tim Neff.

Please click on the green “Tickets” button to register for the luncheon.

Soldiers & Sailors recognizes and pays tribute to Pennsylvania veterans who have received the military’s highest awards for valor: the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Soldiers Medal, Airmen Medal, Coast Guard Medal or Navy/Marine Corps Medal (for bravery and heroism during times of military conflict). These inductees will join the over 700 heroes that have already been inducted into the distinguished Hall of Valor since 1963. We also ask that you attend and encourage individuals and local community to attend the ceremony!

 

Apr
13
Thu
Spotlight On: April 9th: A Date in History
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum

Spotlight On:

April 9th: A Date in History

April 13, 2023 @ 7PM

Free Virtual Event – Join us on Facebook or YouTube

Please note: You can use the links above to watch archived Spotlight On programs!

 

April 9th is not just another date on the calendar. There have been several significant events that have taken place on this date over the years. General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant in 1865, effectively ending the Civil War. In 1942, during World War II, the Bataan Death March began and as a result, today the date serves as National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day. In addition, April 9th, 2003, marks the Fall of Bagdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom. These events and more will be examined through artifacts and stories from the museum’s collection that have some connection to these historical events.

 

Michael Kraus Bio:

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 Bio:

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.

Apr
15
Sat
Soldiers & Sailors Tabletop Gamers
Apr 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Soldiers & Sailors Tabletop Gamers

10AM – 4PM

Welcome to the monthly game day for the Soldiers & Sailors Tabletop Gamers!

Theme Game: Air War April Dogfights With 1/72 Models Using Above The Clouds Rules

Free models pictured here are still available. If you did not receive one, please use the Soldiers & Sailors Tabletop Gamers Pittsburgh button for directions on submitting a request. Hurry! Supplies are limited.

Soldiers & Sailors Tabletop Gamers Pittsburgh

We welcome interested gamers ages 10 and up of all experience levels (including none) who want to bring or just play historical board games and miniatures war games, in keeping with the museums mission. Game days will require you to pay standard museum admission, which is listed on the museums website: https://www.soldiersandsailorshall.org/museum/.  HINT: The annual membership is very inexpensive! https://www.soldiersandsailorshall.org/donate/#membership.

For more information please contact Tim Neff: tim@soldiersandsailorshall.org

 

What is Tabletop Gaming?

Tabletop gaming is played on a table with physical pieces, as opposed to video/computer games. Tabletop gaming includes both board games with playing pieces (for example, Stratego) and miniature games. Miniature games use representative terrain game boards and miniature military figures.

Please click on the green “Tickets” button to register and pre-pay admission to attend.