On Sunday, December 3, 2023, Soldiers & Sailors is hosting A Holly Jolly Holiday Party benefiting Folds of Honor, Toys for Tots, Gunny’s Ridge and Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust, Inc. The evening features patriotic holiday music from the North Pittsburgh Symphonic Band.
There will also be a special holiday performance by Pittsburgh’s own Regional Emmy Winner Rapper, FRZY!
Shop in our North Pole village, get your picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy a hot cocoa or special holiday cocktail and be sure to have the children visit the holiday mailroom to write a letter to Santa and send a card to our troops overseas!
There will be an ugly sweater contest, basket raffle, pledge trees and many ways to give to these amazing organizations that support our veterans.
Dinner will be served from Mission BBQ from 5:00-7:00PM and there is even an epic Pittsburgh cookie table/candy bar with treats for you to take home!
Tickets are $25/adults and children to 16 yrs. of age are free!
Don’t forget to bring an unopened gift for Toys for Tots!
Look for the drop-off station in the Soldiers & Sailors’ lobby outside the auditorium entrance.
Please use the ticket button or click here to purchase tickets.
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum
Bring Home the Soldier Dead League
December 14, 2023 7PM
Please note: You can use the links above to watch archived Spotlight On programs!
In June 1920, a military order was issued to place a guard in the Belleau Wood cemetery in France to arrest any American who attempted to exhume the bodies of soldiers buried there. The order was given after learning that James Foster of McKeesport, the father of a U.S. Marine killed during the battle, had made extensive plans to disinter the remains of his son and bring them home. This program will examine the nearly three-year long struggle of the Fosters and other families who wished to bring their fallen loved ones home after WWI. Also highlighted will be additional artifacts and stories from the museum’s collection related to this subject.
Andrew Capets Bio:
Andrew serves as President of the Trafford Historical Society, and co-authored the book “Images of America – Trafford” published in 2017 by Arcadia Publishing.
He is the author of the book Good War, Great Men. The detailed accounts of a machine gun battalion during World War I. In 2018, his book was endorsed as an official project of the World War One Centennial Commission in Washington D.C.
In the Fall of 2021, Andrew’s article “Bring Home the Soldier Dead League” was published by the Heinz History Center’s Western Pennsylvania History Magazine.
This article was recognized with two awards by the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, one for Excellence in Written Journalism in the History & Culture category, and the other with a best in show award in Division 7, recognized with a Ray Sprigle Memorial Award.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.