Spotlight On: U.S. Coast Guard - Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust, Inc.

Spotlight On: U.S. Coast Guard

Civil War History & Reading Camp
July 7, 2023
Senior Citizens Day
July 21, 2023
August 10, 2023 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tim Neff

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum

Spotlight On:

U.S. Coast Guard

August 10, 2023 7PM

Free Virtual Event – Join us on Facebook or YouTube

Please note: You can use the links above to watch archived Spotlight On programs!

Every year, August 4th is celebrated as the U.S. Coast Guard Birthday, commemorating the military organization for its valor and discipline.  Since 1790, they have kept the nation’s waterways safe, playing a critical role in national security. This program will feature Michael D. Evanish, CDR, USCG (ret.), who will speak about his experiences while serving in the Coast Guard. He will also present a brief history of the Coast Guard, including key milestones and iconic events. Also highlighted will be artifacts from the museum’s collection related to this branch of the U.S. Military.


Michael D. Evanish, CDR, USCG (ret.) Bio

-Soldiers & Sailors, Safety and Security Manager

-Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA

-Sto-Rox High School Graduate

-B.A. University of Pittsburgh

-Graduate of USCG Officer Candidate School in Yorktown, VA

-23-year Coast Guard career (Active Duty and Reserves) including three post 9/11 activation tours.  Retired as a Commander in 2014.

-10+ year professional career in private, corporate, public school and event security


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.