Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum
Spotlight On: Memorializing Soldiers and Sailors
May 13, 2021 7PM
Memorial Day traces its origins back to the Civil War. This program will examine the history of Memorial Day and the traditions related to how the fallen are treated on and off the battlefield before reaching their final resting place. Historian John Heckman will discuss burial procedures employed during the Civil War, the similarities and differences in the WWI era, the origin of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Quartermaster Graves Registration Service during WWII. Soldiers & Sailors Curator, Michael Kraus will share stories about artifacts from the museum’s collection related to memorializing soldiers and sailors. Please join us to learn about the significance of Memorial Day and pay tribute to those who gave their “last full measure of devotion”.
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.
John Heckman – John is an ambitious historian who wants to make a mark not only in the field of history, but in society as well. He once paved roads for a living. Now he works to pave ways for his peers to understand history and the world around them.
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.
“Memorial Day: Remembering the Fallen”
Do you know the origins and significance of Memorial Day? Ahead of this year’s holiday, join Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum to learn about the many ways that our country and its local communities pay tribute to those who gave their “last full measure of devotion.” We’ll also play a game of “Did you know?” as we examine the folklore that surrounds the memorialization of the fallen.
This year Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum will once again be teaming up with various local veteran community leaders to present a virtual Memorial Day Celebration. The celebration will kick off with a collaborative remembrance ceremony broadcast from the Soldiers & Sailors auditorium in partnership with Gold Star Mothers, Spouses and Families, DAR, VVI and Shepherd’s Heart Veterans Home followed by the Soldiers & Sailors annual fallen soldiers tribute slideshow memorializing Pennsylvanians killed in the current conflicts and military and veteran videos from the community courtesy of Veterans Breakfast Club.
Thank you to our sponsor Allegheny County Department of Veterans Services!
Please click on the links below to watch more videos from Soldiers & Sailors about the history of Memorial Day and how we remember the fallen:
Spotlight On: Pittsburgh Stories from D-Day
June 10, 2021 7PM – Virtual Event
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 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.
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.
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.