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

Calendar

May
24
Mon
Summer Clothing and Interview Clothing Drive
May 24 @ 8:00 am – Sep 22 @ 3:00 pm

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum is proud to be collecting summer clothing and interview clothing for the community of veterans experiencing homelessness served by Shepherd’s Heart Fellowship & Veterans Home.

 

Suggested clothing of interest includes pants, shorts, T-shirts, light jackets, shoes, unused socks and underclothes. Unopened toiletries will also be collected.

 

Collections will be accepted through the summer months, Monday – Friday 8am – 3pm Please note that masks are encouraged to be worn covering your mouth and nose while inside the building if you are vaccinated, and masks are required to be worn by those not fully vaccinated.

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.

Aug
25
Wed
Varsity Tutors: The Purple Heart
Aug 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“The Purple Heart”

The Purple Heart is one of the best-known military decorations. Established shortly 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. In this interactive class, we’ll learn all about the history of the Purple Heart and hear stories from the Soldiers & Sailors collection about individual recipients. We’ll also play a game of “Fact or fiction?” that will test your knowledge of this award.

Link:  https://www.varsitytutors.com/courses/star-soldiers-and-sailors-7/dp/93213e0d-4352-467b-a51c-68041211ffcc

Sep
2
Thu
9/11 Dog Tag Exhibit
Sep 2 @ 10:00 am – Sep 30 @ 4:00 pm

Twenty years ago, on September 11, 2001, the United States came under attack.

In response, 181,510 Americans enlisted for active duty service, and 72,908 joined

the reserves in the year following Sept. 11.

Out of that fateful day emerged a new generation of Americans ready and prepared to

serve and defend their country and their fellow Americans, no matter the risk. Many paid

the ultimate price to help ensure such a horrific attack on the United States never

happens again.

 

The mission of Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum is to serve as a lasting tribute

to those men and women who unselfishly gave of themselves in service to their country.

This somber 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Soldiers & Sailors will

recognize those service members with an installation 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 300 special flag dog tags specifically representing each

individual service member from Pennsylvania.

To formally observe the solemn occasion “Taps” will be sounded at dusk on

September 11, 2021.

The building will be closed at this time.

The open-air memorial is free to visit and open 24 hours a day through September 30th.

 

Sep
9
Thu
Spotlight On: The Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Sep 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Spotlight On: The Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

September 9, 2021 7PM – Virtual Event

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, located in Arlington National Cemetery. This program will examine the origins, history and true meaning of the Tomb. Also highlighted will be the Society of the Honor Guard, a non-profit organization created by Tomb Guards, who are committed to protecting and enhancing the welfare and image of the Tomb. This month’s special guest will be retired Tomb Guard Dennis J. McMahon III, Badge #320, Frist Sergeant, US Army (Ret). Please join us as we learn about and pay tribute to one hundred years of sacrifice.

 

 

BIO:

Dennis J. McMahon III

Badge #320

First Sergeant, US Army (Ret)

Dennis J. McMahon III was born in Syracuse, New York and raised in Moon TWP, PA.  He enlisted in the Army in April 1984 as an 11B, Infantryman and attended Basic and AIT at Fort Benning, Georgia.

McMahon’s first assignment was with the Old Guard, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, Fort Myer, VA.  He served with the First Presidential Marching platoon performing ceremonies at the White House and throughout the Capitol region, including the 1985 Presidential Inauguration Parade.  He then volunteered and was selected to be a Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in Arlington National Cemetery.  Following his 18-month assignment to the Tomb, 1SG McMahon earned the Tomb Guard Identification badge (badge # 320).  This badge is the second least awarded badge in the military, following the Army Astronaut Badge.

In 1988, he reclassified as a 97B, Counterintelligence (CI) Special Agent.  His multiple worldwide assignments were from Germany, to Saudi Arabia, Japan, Korea and multiple state-side assignments.  Dennis retired in September 2004 as a First Sergeant.

McMahon’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Award, the Meritorious Unit Citation, the Army Superior Award (with numeral 2), the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal (with star), Korean Defense Service Medal, South West Asia Service Medal (w/3 bronze stars), the Saudi Arabia/Kuwait Liberation Medals, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.  McMahon has been awarded the following badges:  Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Identification Badge (#320), Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the German Schutzensnier (Bronze award).  He has also been inducted in the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club and is a recipient of the Military Intelligence Corps Knowlton Award.

He has been married to Lisa (Smith) McMahon since 1984 and they have 3 boys:  Connor (27), Austin (24) and Evan (23).

Dennis currently works for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in Boyers, PA as a Senior Personnel Security Specialist and they make their home in Coraopolis, PA.