Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum
Memorial Day: Remember the Fallen
May 11, 2023 @ 7PM
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Do you know the origins and significance of Memorial Day? Ahead of this year’s holiday, join us to learn about the many ways that our country and its local communities have paid tribute to those who gave their “last full measure of devotion.” We will be joined by Mark Hauser, PhD from the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University. He will examine the changes of patterns in memorialization through the years. Artifacts and stories from the museum’s collection that are relevant to remembering our fallen will also be highlighted.
Mark Hauser, PhD
Carnegie Mellon University History Department
Mark Hauser studies American cultural and business practices of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His current book manuscript, All the Comforts of Hell: Doughboys, Business, and American Mass Culture in the First World War, is under contract with The Johns Hopkins University Press. This project examines how soldiers’ welfare programs spurred developments in the production, management, design, distribution, and consumption of a variety of goods and services. His research has been supported by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, the Hoover Institution, the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture and Wisconsin Historical Society, the Kautz Family YMCA Archives, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, and the Hagley Museum and Library.
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.