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Oct
14
Thu
Spotlight On: Beer in the History of War
Oct 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Spotlight On: Beer in the History of War

October 14, 2021 7PM – Virtual Event

Join us on Facebook or YouTube

The story of beer in war goes back to the Romans and the Huns, if not to the beginnings of war itself. Generals, including George Washington, planned army movements around the delivery of beer rations for the troops. Soldiers have longed for a taste of their local beer as a reminder of their home and normality. Soldiers and sailors have exercised great creativity and daring in their efforts to bring beer to their comrades in arms. Focusing on the Civil War through Afghanistan, this presentation will examine how beer has impacted war and how war has changed beer.

Joe McAllister

Joe McAllister spent much of his career developing programs and services for not-for-profit organizations. He founded and developed the Autism Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, co-founded the Advisory Board On Autism and Related Disorders (ABOARD, aka Autism Connection of PA) and developed the Department of Psychological Services for Watson Institute. McAllister retired from Watson in 2013 to work full time on the development of a national beer museum here in Pittsburgh. Similar in scale to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Brew: The Museum of Beer will be a first-day destination attraction capable of accommodating 400,000+ visitors per year within a 50,000-square-foot complex.

Paul Young

Paul Young is the brewer for BrewDog of Pittsburgh. He graduated from the University of New Orleans in 2005 with a film degree. He has spent his professional career working in documentary film, owning and operating a home beer and wine making supply store and as a professional brewer. He curated the Louisville Brewseum in Louisville, Ky – a mobile exhibit covering 200 years of beer history, and has taught hundreds the joy brewing their own beer. Paul has created and overseen events teaching team building, promoting the importance of support for local business and fundraising. He enjoys traveling, hiking, good beer and food and, especially, learning the ways the lessons of our history shape the present and design the future.

Oct
29
Fri
The Silence of the Lambs 30th Anniversary Movie Night
Oct 29 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

In honor of the 30th anniversary of The Silence of the Lambs’ release, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum is hosting a movie night on Friday, October 29th.

The film will be shown in its entirety at 7PM with doors opening at 5:30PM to allow time to visit with vendors and see a replica of The Silence of the Lambs cage in the very room the iconic escape scene was shot.

From 5:30pm to 7pm enjoy the following:

Howard Bender of Dynamic Illustrations & Caricatures will create your likeness for $10 in black and white or $20 in color.

Have your tarot cards read by Rev. Danielle Kurtz for a nominal fee.

Joe Steinmetz will be onsite to share the original cage blueprint. What’s believed to be the original cage rug from the movie will be on display courtesy of Ruth Frantz.

The owner of the recently converted property that was used as Buffalo Bill’s House in The Silence of the Lambs will be present to share information about his property and inn. www.buffalobillshouse.com.

For this evening, in accordance with the CDC and Allegheny County’s recommendations regarding indoor gatherings, masks are required to be worn covering the nose and mouth at all times while inside the building. In an abundance of caution, Soldiers & Sailors has also limited the number of tickets being sold to allow for social distancing.

Friends Members receive FREE admission to this event! Learn more about membership here.

The admission fee for entry is $10. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 8th and are required to be purchased online in advance. Cash admission will not be taken at the door.

Closed captioning will be available during the film showing.

Nov
5
Fri
Toys for Tots Toy Drive
Nov 5 @ 8:00 am – Dec 10 @ 3:00 pm

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum is proud to be a drop off location for Toys for Tots this holiday season.

The drop off box will be located in the lobby of Soldiers & Sailors and will be accessible November 5th through December 10th, Monday – Saturday 8am – 3pm with the exception of November 25th and 26th. Please note that masks are encouraged to be worn covering your mouth and nose while inside the building.

Toys must be new and unwrapped. Don’t forget that Toys for Tots collects gifts for children through the age of 18. For FAQs about Toys for Tots please visit the Toys for Tots  website.

Thank you for joining with Soldiers & Sailors and Toys for Tots to give back this holiday season!

Winter Clothing Drive
Nov 5 2021 @ 8:00 am – Feb 28 2022 @ 3:00 pm

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum is proud to be collecting winter outerwear for veterans experiencing homelessness of Shepherd’s Heart Fellowship & Veterans Home.

Suggested winter gear donations include winter coats and scarves with a special emphasis on warm gloves and winter hats.

Collections will be accepted through the winter months, Monday – Saturday 8am – 3pm with the exception of November 25th and 26th, December 24th, 25,th 26th and 31st, January 1st, and February 21st. Please note that masks are recommended to be worn covering your mouth and nose while inside the building.

Nov
9
Tue
Varsity Tutors: What is a Veteran
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“What is a Veteran”

Veterans Day is a time to remember and honor those individuals who have served in the United States military. In this live, online class, we’ll learn about the origins and history of Veterans Day, with a special focus on the different decorations for valor that are awarded to our country’s heroes. We’ll also hear stories about these individuals as we put ourselves in their place and ask, “What would I do?”

Link: https://www.varsitytutors.com/courses/star-soldiers-and-sailors-8/dp/676bb3d0-44bc-4bc6-b14a-a017271646ba

Nov
11
Thu
Spotlight On: Footlocker Program
Nov 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Spotlight On: Footlocker Program

November 11, 2021 7PM

Virtual Event – Join us on Facebook or YouTube

 

This Veterans Day Tim Neff, Director of Museum & Education, will provide a virtual look at the Soldiers & Sailors’ Footlocker Program. The theme of this presentation will focus on a soldier’s life through the years. Artifacts from the museum’s collection will be examined including the uniforms and basic equipment spanning the Civil War through present day. Please join us as we compare and contrast the soldier’s experience through the years. This program is intended for all ages.

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.

Dec
9
Thu
Spotlight On: Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Spotlight On: Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs

December 9, 2021 7PM

Virtual Event – Join us on Facebook or YouTube

Guardian Angels began in 2009, when our Founder & Executive Director, Carol Borden was approached by Sam, a young man tragically paralyzed in a high school football accident. Sam required the constant aid of a caregiver, and had acquired a young German Shepherd named Bessie for companionship and a sense of independence, but quickly lost control of the dog. Carol, long known in Florida as an expert dog trainer, who’d been training dogs for nearly 50 years, was asked by Sam to train the dog. After what seemed like endless hours of training, there emerged this amazing service dog that was settled, obedient and able to give this man his life back. She now had the skills to pick up dropped items, open and close doors, bring him water from the refrigerator; help him move from his chair to the shower and so much more.

Watching Sam & Bessie function as a true team after the months of training brought everything into perspective for Carol, and at last she knew just what her years of dog-training and Business experience were for, and Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs was born.

Since that first successful pairing, Guardian Angels is very proud to have donated more than 300 wonderful service dogs with deserving veterans and others in need. Guardian Angels trains for a variety of conditions, from mitigation of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or Traumatic Brain Injury symptoms, to seizure or insulin alerting, to mobility issues and more.

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs is funded primarily by donation and private grant support. Without you, we could not continue this life-saving work, and hope that you will visit our donation page and consider joining our Paw Prints Monthly Giving Club, and make a no-hassle monthly gift.

Every dollar truly makes a difference at Guardian Angels,  and donations go directly toward feeding, housing, caring for and training of these amazing animals.

Ben Keen (and Bolt)

Ben Keen is a Veteran of the US Army who served from 1999 – 2008.  He served as a communication expert providing the critical voice and data network to the commanders on the battlefield.  Ben completed several combat deployments including being a member of the historic 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in 2003 during the initial invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Ben moved to Pittsburgh, PA at the end of 2007 and found work in the IT field.  Ben is currently employed at American Eagle Outfitters as a member of their IT department as a Senior Systems Administrator.

In 2019, Ben was paired with his medical alert service dog, Bolt.  Bolt is a blue, bi-color female German Shepard who was raised and trained by the staff of Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs; a Florida-based 501c(3) who provides highly trained medical alert service dogs to disabled Veterans and First Responders.

Ben is a resident of South Park, Pa where he lives with his wife, their 9-month-old son, 3 cats and Bolt.  He serves as a member of the board of directors for two Pittsburgh-based Veteran service organizations, Operation Troop Appreciation and Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Trust.  He is also an official ambassador for Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs.

Ben has been recognized for his dedication to Veterans and their families by been named the 2016 American Staffing Association Nation Employee of the Year for his work on helping Veterans find meaningful deployment.  He has also been featured in numerous local and national publications including Time.com and Pittsburgh-based radio and newspapers.

In his spare time, Ben enjoys taking photos as well is an avid cigar smoker.  It is his goal that by sharing his story; he can help other Veterans and their families know they are not alone through their transition from the military and beyond.

Jan
13
Thu
Spotlight On: One Year in the Curatorial Department
Jan 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Spotlight On: One Year in the Curatorial Department

January 13, 2022 – 7PM

Virtual Event – Join us on Facebook or YouTube

Soldiers & Sailors maintains a collection of more than 11,000 objects, a number that continues to grow as we receive artifacts donated on a regular basis. Join Curator Michael Kraus and Collections Manager Lisa Petitta for a fascinating look “behind the scenes” at what it is like to work with the museum’s collection. Learn about all of the varied procedures that make up the management process. The program will also highlight several significant objects that arrived during 2021 and the stories behind them.

 

Panelists

Lisa Petitta, Collections Manager, Soldiers & Sailors

Lisa Petitta 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.

Michael Kraus, Curator, Soldiers & Sailors

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.

Feb
10
Thu
Spotlight On: Robert Gould Shaw Post 206: African Americans in the Civil War
Feb 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum

Spotlight On: Robert Gould Shaw Post 206: African Americans in the Civil War

February 10, 2022 7PM

Virtual Event – Join us on Facebook or YouTube

 

Approximately 180,000 African Americans served during the Civil War as a part of the USCT (United States Colored Troops). After the war many of those former soldiers joined a popular national veteran’s organization known as the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). Pittsburgh was home to the Colonel Robert Gould Shaw Post, one of 15 “colored” posts in Pennsylvania. Each GAR post kept a book in which individual histories of their members were recorded. The Shaw Post’s book is a part of the collection at Soldiers & Sailors and contains valuable information regarding the service of Pittsburgh’s African Americans. Join Curator Michael Kraus and Educator Tim Neff to learn these stories and more.

 

Presenter Bios

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.

 

Tim Neff

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. Tim is a past recipient of the Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies “Friend of Social Studies” award and he has presented at a number of history related and educational conferences throughout Western Pennsylvania.

Feb
24
Thu
The John L. Ford, Sr. African American Heritage Celebration
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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

February 24, 2022 – 7PM

Free Virtual Event – Join us on Facebook or YouTube

Breaking Barriers in World War II

How a city forged in steel, along with the Pittsburgh Courier’s Double “VV” Campaign and Western Pennsylvania’s Tuskegee Airmen, paved the way for Civil Rights in America

Panel Discussion:

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

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

                   Michael Kraus, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Curator

Soldiers & Sailors 6th Regiment USCT Drum Corps Performance Video

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

Panelist Bios:

JaQuay Edward Carter

Award-winning historian and USMC Veteran, JaQuay Edward Carter, has a long history of community service, military service, and human services advocacy. JaQuay began his post-secondary education at the Community College of Allegheny County, completing an associate degree in Ethnic and Diversity Studies. Soon after, he enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his undergraduate degree in History Education/Africana Studies. In 2018, JaQuay was directed back to his hometown of Hazelwood through his passion for history and neighborhood pride. He founded the Greater Hazelwood Historical Society of Pittsburgh and Cultural Center. The following year, he formed the Black History Society of Western Pennsylvania, which is dedicated to the research and repository of our region’s African American experience. JaQuay began working with Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation in 2020 as a consultant on African American Industrial Heritage and Diversity Initiatives. In June of 2021, he became the first person of color to guide industrial tours at the Carrie Blast Furnaces National Historic Landmark. Mr. Carter is currently pursuing dual degrees in Master of Divinity (M.Div.) at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) at Carnegie-Mellon University.

Michael Kraus, Curator, Soldiers & Sailors

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.