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


Spotlight On: 82nd Airborne Division
Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm – Dec 31 @ 9:59 am

Spotlight On: 82nd Airborne Division

75 years ago this December World War II in Europe was grinding to a close, but not before heavy fighting erupted in the Ardennes Forest, resulting in what we know today as the Battle of the Bulge. One of the American divisions engaged in this famous battle was the 82nd Airborne. Our December “Spotlight On” exhibit showcases artifacts donated during the past year associated with this famous organization.

No Spotlight On Exhibit
Jan 9 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

There will not be a Spotlight On exhibit or program on the second Thursday of January 2020. Please check back here for information about future Spotlight On programming.

Spotlight On: World War II War Bride
Feb 13 @ 12:00 pm – Feb 29 @ 4:00 pm

Spotlight On: World War II War Bride

As America’s young men flocked to join the efforts to defeat Germany and Japan during World War II, they not only left families behind but their sweethearts as well. Such was the case with Lt. Edward Wells Tristram. A Naval aviator, Tristram was a flight instructor at Saufley Field in Pensacola, Florida for 14 months beginning in December 1942. During his time there he married his sweetheart, Marguerite Doner on July 14, 1943 before being shipped to the Pacific Theater.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, please visit Soldiers & Sailors beginning on Thursday, February 13 to view the bridal gown Marguerite wore along with the dress white uniform worn by Edward at their wedding. Their marriage lasted 60 years. This exhibit will be a permanent fixture of our “Thinking of You” exhibit which examines the personal side of a soldier’s life.

The exhibit will be complimentary with museum admission.


John L. Ford, Sr. African American Heritage Celebration: Fighting for Freedom: Blacks in the Military from World War II to 2020
Feb 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum is proud to present the John L. Ford, Sr. African American Heritage Celebration: Fighting for Freedom: Blacks in the Military from World War II to 2020 on Saturday, February 29, 2020, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  The panel discussion, in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, will focus on the battle against fascism abroad and for equal rights at home for African Americans. Topics will include The Pittsburgh Courier’s 1942 Double V Campaign as well as conditions for African Americans in today’s military. The discussion will be moderated by Lynne Hayes Freeland, talk show host KDKA-Radio and TV.

The event panelists are:

Dr. Laurence Glasco is a University of Pittsburgh Associate Professor in the Fields of Race and Ethnicity, as well as Urban History. His Research interests have focused on the history of Black Pittsburgh.

Timothy Jones is a Veterans Leadership Program Service Navigator. He also facilitates Sexual Assault and Rape Prevention training’s, Suicide Prevention training’s and does public speaking addressing issues of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and sexual assault.

Richard G. Portis is Director of his company, XXI-C Industries. He is also a leader and advocate of Veterans Employment/Entrepreneurship Outreach & Training programs. A certified business coach and administrator, he developed, launched and managed The Veterans Entrepreneurial Training Project (VETP) as a project consultant for Robert Morris University in 2003.

In honor of the late John L. Ford Sr., retired Soldiers & Sailors Historian and founder of the Soldiers & Sailors African American Heritage Celebration, we are proud to name this annual observance in his honor.

Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations are recommended. Click here to make your reservation. Light refreshments will be available.

KDKA-Radio and TV talk show host Lynne Hayes Freeland


March Spotlight On: Saluting Women Who Served
Mar 12 @ 12:00 pm – Mar 31 @ 4:00 pm


March Spotlight On: Saluting Women Who Served

Since the United States first declared itself an independent nation, American women have found ways to serve their country. From their days as cooks and nurses to combat positions, the roles of women have evolved within the military.

Today, there are no limits to what women can achieve in the military! Women serve as pilots carrying troops and supplies, serve aboard hospital ships and in mobile medical units, crew planes and helicopters, direct artillery, drive trucks, run prisoner-of-war facilities, serve in port security units and military police units, as well as, do a myriad of communications, intelligence, supply and administrative jobs necessary for military success.

Beginning January 1, 2016 all women may apply for combat positions within the U.S. Military.

In honor of Women’s History Month, artifacts from our collection will be on display to help visually chronicle the story of women in the military. Visit Soldiers & Sailors beginning on Thursday March 12th through the end of the month to see this exhibit. The exhibit is complimentary with museum admission.


Joseph A. Dugan, Jr. Hall of Valor Induction Ceremony-POSTPONED
Mar 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

It is with great disappointment, but coupled with a sense of responsibility that Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum has chosen to postpone our annual Joseph A. Dugan, Jr. Hall of Valor Induction Ceremony scheduled for Sunday, March 29, 2020.  Although this decision does not come easy, it is the required course of action in light of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

Our Hall of Valor Induction Ceremony remains Soldiers & Sailors’ premiere program and event, providing the epitome of what our memorial and the mission of our organization are all about.  The ceremony and luncheon provide an opportunity to honor, remember, celebrate and focus on the extraordinary actions of the inductees.  Thus, by allowing the event to take place and asking you to attend, we believe it would create an avoidable concern or fear of contracting this unprecedented and unpredictable virus.  In doing so, the importance of the ceremony would be overshadowed.

Since the future, and how it is affected by this health scare, remains extremely fluid, we continue to adapt and respond to the unexpected challenges it has created.  Thus, we hope to resume our normal operations and host our Hall of Valor event sometime in the Fall of 2020.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and hope you understand the difficult situation we are all facing.  We remain committed to host this prestigious program and intend to carry it out with the level of honor it requires at a later date.

Luncheon reservations will be transferable to the future date. Once a new date is set luncheon tickets may be purchased here.

Virtual Memorial Day Celebration
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

In place of traditional Memorial Day commemorations, Remembering Together Pittsburgh invites all Pittsburgh-area
communities, organizations, businesses, and individuals to join together in a region-wide virtual event on Monday, May 25, from 10:00am to 12:00pm, at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum. The event will honor those who died in service to our country while also highlighting the sacrifices of our local neighborhoods and municipalities.

Remembering Together Pittsburgh is a partnership of all participating groups, including Allegheny County, the City of
Pittsburgh, Soldiers & Sailors, Gold Star Mothers Spouses, the Veterans Breakfast Club, and other organizations.

The two-hour virtual Memorial Day event will be streamed across platforms and made available to local television channels. It will begin with a live ceremony at Soldiers & Sailors and then transition to pre-recorded remarks and tributes, as well as photographs, submitted by citizens throughout Western Pennsylvania.

Click here for more information.

WWII History Reading Summer Camp
Jul 27 @ 8:00 am – Jul 31 @ 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
• And more!

Click here for the flyer and registration form.

Cancelled-National Senior Citizens Day
Aug 12 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Due to a conflict Soldiers & Sailors will be observing National Senior Citizens Day on August 12th instead of August 21st.

Free Admission for Senior Citizens age 55 & older.

More details to come!

Oct 12 @ 4:31 pm – 5:31 pm