Spotlight On: Behind the Scenes: America’s Defenders Statue - Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust, Inc.

Spotlight On: Behind the Scenes: America’s Defenders Statue

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Spotlight On: Behind the Scenes: America’s Defenders Statue

May 12, 2022 7PM

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This Memorial Day, Soldiers & Sailors will proudly unveil a new statue dedicated to those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. The life size bronze monument will be known as “America’s Defenders” and will feature a male and a female soldier. This program will feature the statue’s artist and Soldiers & Sailors Curator, Michael Kraus who will walk us through the creation process including concept drawings, mock-ups, clay molds and bronze casting. Also highlighted will be the source materials (uniforms & equipment) and the tools that were used throughout the process. This program will serve as a special preview for a physical exhibit that will be available to the public at Soldiers & Sailors as a part of our Memorial Day Celebration on May 30th.


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.