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Dec
6
Fri
Oakland Light Up Season Kick-Off Event
Dec 6 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join Oakland Business Improvement District for an awesome kick-off to our 2019 Oakland Light Up Season! They’ll have a tree lighting ceremony, free goodies, and a live brass ensemble playing all your holiday favorites! Bring in the season with brilliance!

Start at Forbes Digital Plaza (3815 Forbes Avenue) from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. for the tree lighting ceremony and the unveiling of this year’s “Messages of Hope for the Holidays” art installation which features words of encouragement and artistic expressions from university students, faculty, and staff that represent love, joy, and peace for all people.

As the festivities come to a close at Forbes Digital Plaza, everyone is encouraged to venture out and explore the Oakland business district to see all the holiday lights and take advantage of Light Up Season specials/discounts at many shops, bars, and restaurants throughout the Central Business District. While Soldiers & Sailors’ museum is closed to the public on the evening of Friday, December 6th, our building’s exterior will be illuminated in observation of this festive occasion. Please enjoy!

Dec
7
Sat
Civil War Pittsburgh
Dec 7 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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While this event is NOT hosted by and is NOT taking place at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, a portion of the proceeds benefit Soldiers & Sailors.

Dec
12
Thu
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.

Jan
9
Thu
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.

Jan
28
Tue
Serving the Unique Needs of Minority Veterans and Sub-Populations Keynote & Panel Discussion Event
Jan 28 @ 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

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Feb
13
Thu
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.

                     

Feb
29
Sat
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

 

Mar
6
Fri
The United States Army Field Band “America The Beautiful” Concert – FREE
Mar 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

While the concert is free, reservations are encouraged. Online reservations can be obtained here.

Physical tickets are available at the reception desk at Soldiers & Sailors during museum hour.

You may also send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with the number of tickets you would like to:

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum

ATTN: Army Band Concert

4141 Fifth Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Mar
12
Thu
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.

 

Mar
13
Fri
Upscale & Classy Pgh presents Joe featuring Donell Jones-POSTPONED
Mar 13 @ 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm

Click the flyer for more details. Promotion company Upscale & Classy Pgh with Popa Banks will determine a future date to reschedule the Joe & Donell Jones concert at wynorris@aol.com.