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

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Jul
15
Sat
Soldiers & Sailors Tabletop Gamers
Jul 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Soldiers & Sailors Tabletop Gamers

10AM – 4PM

Welcome to the monthly game day for the Soldiers & Sailors Tabletop Gamers! We welcome interested gamers ages 10 and up of all experience levels (including none) who want to bring or just play historical board games and miniatures war games, in keeping with the museums mission. Game days will require you to pay standard museum admission, which is listed on the museums website: https://www.soldiersandsailorshall.org/museum/.  HINT: The annual membership is very inexpensive! https://www.soldiersandsailorshall.org/donate/#membership.

For more information please contact Tim Neff: tim@soldiersandsailorshall.org

What is Tabletop Gaming?

Tabletop gaming is played on a table with physical pieces, as opposed to video/computer games. Tabletop gaming includes both board games with playing pieces (for example, Stratego) and miniature games. Miniature games use representative terrain game boards and miniature military figures.

Please click on the green “Tickets” button to register and pre-pay admission to attend.

 

Aug
10
Thu
Spotlight On: U.S. Coast Guard
Aug 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum

Spotlight On:

U.S. Coast Guard

August 10, 2023 7PM

Free Virtual Event – Join us on Facebook or YouTube

Please note: You can use the links above to watch archived Spotlight On programs!

Every year, August 4th is celebrated as the U.S. Coast Guard Birthday, commemorating the military organization for its valor and discipline.  Since 1790, they have kept the nation’s waterways safe, playing a critical role in national security. This program will feature Michael D. Evanish, CDR, USCG (ret.), who will speak about his experiences while serving in the Coast Guard. He will also present a brief history of the Coast Guard, including key milestones and iconic events. Also highlighted will be artifacts from the museum’s collection related to this branch of the U.S. Military.

 

Michael D. Evanish, CDR, USCG (ret.) Bio

-Soldiers & Sailors, Safety and Security Manager

-Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA

-Sto-Rox High School Graduate

-B.A. University of Pittsburgh

-Graduate of USCG Officer Candidate School in Yorktown, VA

-23-year Coast Guard career (Active Duty and Reserves) including three post 9/11 activation tours.  Retired as a Commander in 2014.

-10+ year professional career in private, corporate, public school and event security

 

Michael Kraus Bio:

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
19
Sat
Soldiers & Sailors Tabletop Gamers
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Soldiers & Sailors Tabletop Gamers

10AM – 4PM

Welcome to the monthly game day for the Soldiers & Sailors Tabletop Gamers! We welcome interested gamers ages 10 and up of all experience levels (including none) who want to bring or just play historical board games and miniatures war games, in keeping with the museums mission. Game days will require you to pay standard museum admission, which is listed on the museums website: https://www.soldiersandsailorshall.org/museum/.  HINT: The annual membership is very inexpensive! https://www.soldiersandsailorshall.org/donate/#membership.

For more information please contact Tim Neff: tim@soldiersandsailorshall.org

What is Tabletop Gaming?

Tabletop gaming is played on a table with physical pieces, as opposed to video/computer games. Tabletop gaming includes both board games with playing pieces (for example, Stratego) and miniature games. Miniature games use representative terrain game boards and miniature military figures.

Sep
11
Mon
Special Exhibit: Remembering 9/11 and Honoring Our Fallen
Sep 11 @ 10:00 am – Oct 11 @ 10:00 am

Soldiers & Sailors recognizes those fallen service members from the War on Terrorism with this display of 7,053 dog tags suspended between the light posts across the walkway leading to the building for visitors to pass under.

Each dog tag represents an individual life lost in the conflicts since September 11, 2001.

Included are 304 special flag dog tags specifically representing each individual from Pennsylvania.

The open-air memorial is free to visit and open 24 hours a day now through October 11th.

Sep
14
Thu
Spotlight On: Allegheny Arsenal
Sep 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum

Spotlight On:

Allegheny Arsenal

September 14, 2023 7PM

Free Virtual Event – Join us on Facebook or YouTube

Please note: You can use the links above to watch archived Spotlight On programs!

 

 

In 1814 the Federal Government established a new manufacturing and distribution center named Allegheny Arsenal in Lawrenceville a few miles up the Allegheny River from downtown Pittsburgh. During the Civil War high demand for ammunition escalated production at the arsenal and opportunities arose, particularly for women who found employment rolling cartridges. On September 17, 1862 a series of explosions occurred in the workshops and 78 workers perished. This program will examine the history of the Allegheny Arsenal and will highlighted artifacts from the museum’s collection related to this nationally historical site.

 

Michael Kraus Bio:

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 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.

Sep
23
Sat
Soldiers & Sailors Tabletop Gamers
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Soldiers & Sailors Tabletop Gamers

10AM – 4PM

Welcome to the monthly game day for the Soldiers & Sailors Tabletop Gamers! We welcome interested gamers ages 10 and up of all experience levels (including none) who want to bring or just play historical board games and miniatures war games, in keeping with the museums mission. Game days will require you to pay standard museum admission, which is listed on the museums website: https://www.soldiersandsailorshall.org/museum/.  HINT: The annual membership is very inexpensive! https://www.soldiersandsailorshall.org/donate/#membership.

For more information please contact Tim Neff: tim@soldiersandsailorshall.org

What is Tabletop Gaming?

Tabletop gaming is played on a table with physical pieces, as opposed to video/computer games. Tabletop gaming includes both board games with playing pieces (for example, Stratego) and miniature games. Miniature games use representative terrain game boards and miniature military figures.

Oct
12
Thu
Spotlight On: The History of Soldiers & Sailors
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum

Spotlight On:

The History of Soldiers & Sailors

October 12, 2023 7PM

Free Virtual Event – Join us on Facebook or YouTube

Please note: You can use the links above to watch archived Spotlight On programs!

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum has stood as a landmark in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh for more than 110 years. Originally constructed as a memorial to veterans of the Civil War, today Soldiers & Sailors honors veterans from the Civil War through present day from all branches of service. This program will examine the origins and history of the memorial, as well as the creation of the non-profit trust which manages the building and the collection of artifacts today. Join Curator Michael Kraus and Director of Education Tim Neff to learn all about Soldiers & Sailors and many of the interesting stories and events that have taken place in and around this historic structure.

 

Michael Kraus Bio:

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 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.

Oct
21
Sat
Soldiers & Sailors Tabletop Gamers
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Soldiers & Sailors Tabletop Gamers

10AM – 4PM

Welcome to the monthly game day for the Soldiers & Sailors Tabletop Gamers! We welcome interested gamers ages 10 and up of all experience levels (including none) who want to bring or just play historical board games and miniatures war games, in keeping with the museums mission. Game days will require you to pay standard museum admission, which is listed on the museums website: https://www.soldiersandsailorshall.org/museum/.  HINT: The annual membership is very inexpensive! https://www.soldiersandsailorshall.org/donate/#membership.

For more information please contact Tim Neff: tim@soldiersandsailorshall.org

What is Tabletop Gaming?

Tabletop gaming is played on a table with physical pieces, as opposed to video/computer games. Tabletop gaming includes both board games with playing pieces (for example, Stratego) and miniature games. Miniature games use representative terrain game boards and miniature military figures.

Oct
26
Thu
The Silence Of The Lambs College Freshman Free Movie Screening Night
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Inviting college freshmen only to a FREE showing of The Silence of the Lambs!

We hope to encourage first year students who may be new to the Oakland area to learn about
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum while celebrating our brush with classic cinematic horror!

The movie will be shown in our auditorium. Start time is 7:00 PM. (Doors open at 6:30 PM)


See a replica cage in the grand ballroom where the iconic escape scene was filmed.

BYOP: Bring your own popcorn!

Limited Seating Available

Registration is encouraged.

Oct
27
Fri
The Silence of the Lambs Night
Oct 27 @ 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Join us in celebrating Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum’s brush with classic cinematic horror at The Silence of the Lambs Night taking place on Friday, October 27th.

Doors open at 5:30PM to allow guests to take in The Silence of the Lambs replica cage in the grand ballroom as well as movie stills where the iconic escape scene was filmed. Take a selfie with our Hannibal and Clarice reenactors. Visit with The Silence of the Lambs’ metal fabricator, Joe Steinmetz, and see the original blueprints of the film’s actual cage. What’s believed to be the original cage rug from the movie will also 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.

Visit with vendors, browse spine-tingling wares, and enjoy spooky season music courtesy of DJ Crush.

Costumes are encouraged, however no full face masks or weapons of any kind are permitted. Forgot your costume? Face Paint Pittsburgh will be onsite offering free Halloween themed face painting and an artificial laceration station courtesy of their professional medical moulage artist.

For a nominal fee, have your tarot cards read, visit with psychic mediums, have your runes read or get a caricature drawn as your favorite Halloween character. Guests ages 18 and older can purchase themed The Silence of the Lambs and other spooky season inspired flash and tiny tattoos.

Victor Cianca, the Metropolitan Bishop of the Western Orthodox Church, Superior General of Society of Sancta Maria Magdalena (our monastic), and Protector and Chief Exorcist for the Society of Saint Michael, as well as all Churches under our Western Orthodox Umbrella, will be present to answer, explain and consult about hauntings, spirits, demons and angels. Victor has been on many cases and has a research team that consults him. He will be bringing Blessed Salt and Holy Water to give to people who would like it.

Watch an interactive movie themed pumpkin carving demonstration and try your luck at winning the finished pumpkin to display at your home for Halloween.

The film will be shown in its entirety in the auditorium at 7:30PM. While this event is not strictly an over 21 event, please be aware that The Silence of the Lambs has an R rating, so parental discretion is advised. Closed captioning will be available during the film showing.

A variety of refreshments will be available including a cash bar for guests ages 21 and older. If you do intend to partake, please be sure to bring a valid photo ID.

Advanced ticket purchases are strongly encouraged as space is limited. Tickets are nonrefundable.

VENDORS:

Art FX Tattoo

Bishop Victor Cianca

Buffalo Bill’s House

Dance Extensions Performing Arts Center

DJ Crush

Face Paint Pittsburgh

Gray Phoenix Productions

 Kult Tiny Tattoo Studio

La Palapa Food Truck

Millie’s Truck Pittsburgh

North Star Runes

The Pittsburgh Pumpkin Guy

The Pittsburgh Witch Company

Psychic Medium Debbie Pakler, PhD

Joe Steinmetz, Metal Fabricator

Topaz Thimble