Spotlight On: The History of Dog Tags - Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust, Inc.

Spotlight On: The History of Dog Tags

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Tim Neff

Spotlight On:

The History of Dog Tags

September 8, 2022 7PM

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You have probably heard of dog tags before. In fact, all living veterans have been issued them in the service, while others have purchased a personalized pair for their own as a souvenir. But have you ever wondered how the tradition started or where the name comes from? This program will examine the origins of the modern dog tag which can be traced back to the Civil War. We will discuss the general purpose of dog tags and the changes that have been made in the design. We may even dispel a common myth or two. Several dog tags from the museum’s collection will also be highlighted in the presentation. Join us to learn all about these “Symbols of Service” that have come to represent our country’s veterans.

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.