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

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Mar
23
Tue
Varsity Tutors – Saluting Women in the Military – Virtual
Mar 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Since before the Civil War women have found ways to serve their country. From their early days as cooks and nurses to the combat roles they fulfill today, the roles of women have evolved within the military. Discover the story of female pilot and pioneer Teresa James as we play a game of fact or fiction. The free class will take place Tuesday, March 23rd at 7PM. Click the link for more information and to register.

https://www.varsitytutors.com/courses/star-soldiers-and-sailors-4/dp/1176fe8e-86db-4489-9f8d-6f4c3ebba9dd

Mar
28
Sun
Joseph A. Dugan, Jr. Hall of Valor Ceremony – Virtual Event
Mar 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Joseph A. Dugan, Jr. Hall of Valor Ceremony

Virtual Event

On Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 2 p.m., Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust, Inc., will induct the next group of veterans into the Joseph A. Dugan, Jr. Hall of Valor.

Due to the pandemic and current attendance restrictions, Soldiers & Sailors will not be able to invite the public into the building to attend this ceremony.  Only the inductees and their guests will attend in person.  However, the event will 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 not be active until 10 minutes before the event occurs.

https://www.facebook.com/SoldiersandSailors/live_videos/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-IcMnx_Dtisk-mzTaB8B5A

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.

Apr
8
Thu
Spotlight On: Caretakers During the Vietnam War – Virtual
Apr 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum
Spotlight On:
Caretakers During the Vietnam War
April 8, 2021 7PM
Virtual Event – Join us on Facebook or YouTube
There are many jobs in the military that do not involve fighting on the front lines. Some roles focus more on providing care and comfort to soldiers. This panel discussion will highlight two “caretakers” that served during the Vietnam War. Clem Blazewick served as a Medical Laboratory Technician at the 93rd Evacuation Hospital in Long Binh, Vietnam from January 4, 1966 to December 18, 1966. Paul C. Lawson served as a Chaplain with the 3rd Marine Division in Quang Tri, Republic of Vietnam, and in Okinawa in 1969 and 1970. Also featured will be Soldiers & Sailors Curator, Michael Kraus discussing artifacts related to this theme. April marks the 46th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War so please join us as we honor the “Caretakers” during the war.

 

Clement J. Blazewick

Specialist E-5, US Army (Ret)

Born on the South Side of Pittsburgh, Clem graduated from St. Casimir High School in 1962. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1965 where he was trained to be a Medical Laboratory Technician and served at the 93rd Evacuation Hospital in Long Binh Vietnam during l966. After a 30 day leave he was stationed at US Army Camp Zama in Japan until May 13, 1966 when he was honorably discharged from the regular Army and served four more years on reserve duty. Clem has been married to his wife Patricia for 54 years and they have two daughters and six grandchildren.

 

Paul C. Lawson

Captain, Chaplain Corps, USNR (Ret)

Paul C.  Lawson joined the Navy in 1967 and served during 1969 and 1970 as a Lieutenant with the 3rd Marine Division in Quang Tri, Republic of Vietnam, and in Okinawa, Japan, after the division was pulled out of Vietnam (Marines have always used Navy chaplains and medics). After being detached from 3rd Marine Division, Paul transferred from active duty to the reserves until his retirement as a Captain, equivalent to an Army/Air Force/Marine Corps Colonel, in 1994.

Michael Kraus

Soldiers & Sailors Curator

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.

May
13
Thu
Spotlight On: Memorializing Soldiers & Sailors – Virtual Event
May 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum

Spotlight On: Memorializing Soldiers and Sailors

May 13, 2021     7PM

Virtual Event: Virtual Event – Join us on Facebook or YouTube

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.

May
31
Mon
Virtual Memorial Day Celebration
May 31 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

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.

The event link will be live 10 minutes prior to our 11:00am start time on Memorial Day. You can want the event by visiting Facebook or YouTube.

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:

Remembering the Fallen with Varsity Tutors

Spotlight On: Memorializing Soldiers & Sailors

 

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

Join us on Facebook or YouTube

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.