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Do you have a military uniform, old Soldier letters or a Civil War sword just hanging around the house and you don’t really know what it is or how to take care of it?  The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) to the rescue!  The USAHEC staff is excited to host the third annual Mysteries in Military History Day! Over the past two years, the event helped dozens of visitors identify a variety of military items including a family member’s uniform from the Spanish-American War, preserve precious family heirlooms, and jump start visitors into researching their family history. Staff members are eager to continue the tradition of assisting visitors to understand the historical mysteries in their lives. USAHEC invites you to bring in your mysterious and family items pertaining to Army history, on Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Let the professionals help you begin your research!

Upon entering the event, visitors will receive help from USAHEC experts positioned at different stations including: identification of unknown items, preservation of personal historic artifacts (such as photographs, manuscripts, books, uniforms, weapons, etc.), family genealogy highlighting military service, the conservation of objects, and research tips. Staff will also be onsite to help those interested in donating items. It is important to note that USAHEC staff are prohibited from placing a value on items and therefore, will not conduct appraisals.

Please note that firearms are welcome, but they must be unloaded and will be checked and marked by safety personnel prior to entering the building. Those planning on attending the event with any weapon must call prior to arrival to arrange a safety check. They will need to provide their name, contact information, time of arrival, and information about the weapon they plan to bring. Explosive devices, ammunition, munitions, and containers for munitions will not be allowed at the event. If you are unsure whether an item is safe to bring, please call: 717-245-4427. Mysteries in Military History is open to the public and free to attend. The event will run from 10:30AM to 2:30 PM in USAHEC’s Multipurpose Rooms. Parking is free, and both Café Cumberland and the Museum Store will be open. For further information, please visit the website: www.usahec.org or call: 717-245-4427.

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U.S. News and World Report called the Korean War the “forgotten” war back in 1951, but the conflict on the peninsula is far from over. At 7:15 PM on Thursday, August 6, 2015, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania will present author Dr. Sheila Miyoshi Jager as part of the Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Readings in Military History Lecture Series. Jager will speak about her most recent book, Brothers at War: The Unending Conflict in Korea, published in 2013. The book and Jager’s lecture consider the Korean War as a whole and how it extends beyond the 1953 armistice over six decades into the present day. Brothers at War also addresses the conflict’s international impact from the perspective of China, Russia, and the United States, which all vie for control in both countries.                                                

According to Jager, Korea’s history of war spans from 1945, before the armed conflict began, and is still seen in the antagonistic divide between North and South Korea. Following the lack of a formal peace treaty in 1953, the two sides have clashed in naval battles on the Yellow Sea, in North Korean attacks on South Korean landmarks, and economically in a complete trade suspension. The threat of nuclear weapons also persists between the two Koreas. Countries such as the U.S. intervene further on the peninsula through economic aid in exchange for North Korean nuclear concessions. North Korea has become dependent on this type of fear-induced aid for survival, Jager considers, which prevents the country from moving towards unity with the free South. These examinations among others earned Brothers at War a place as one of three Foreign Affairs Best Books of 2013 in the subjects of Asia and the Pacific. 

Dr. Sheila Miyoshi Jager is a Professor and department head in East Asian Studies at Oberlin College. She received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Chicago, and focuses her writing on contemporary Korean politics in history. Her previous works include Narratives of Nation Building in Korea: A Genealogy of Patriotism (2003), a study of the effects of gendered tropes on modern Korea, and Ruptured Histories: War, Memory, and the Post-Cold War in Asia (2007), about the major reassessment East Asian states underwent following the end of the Cold War. Currently, Dr. Sheila Miyoshi Jager resides with her husband and children in Ohio. 

All USAHEC lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend. Doors to the Visitor and Education Center will open at 6:30 PM, and the lecture will begin at 7:15 PM. Parking is free, books for a signing after the lecture will be for sale, and the Museum Store will be open. For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: www.usahec.org or call: 717-245-3972. 

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Chief Petty Officer Christopher Scott Kyle was known to enemy insurgents as “The Devil of Ramadi,” and to today’s public he is the “American Sniper.” At 7:15 PM on Wednesday, July 15, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle will present Jim DeFelice as part of the Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series. DeFelice will center his lecture on Chris Kyle’s background as a Navy SEAL and how it informs the content of his book, American Sniper. The book, written by Kyle with DeFelice’s help, covers the former SEAL’s early life, his military career, his challenges post-retirement, and ultimately, his tragic death at the hands of the Marine he mentored.

As part of Navy SEAL Team 3, Chris Kyle claimed to have 160 “confirmed kills” throughout his four tours in Iraq and 10 years in the military from 1999-2009. His marksmanship was central to Operation Iraqi Freedom and the major Battles of Fallujah, Ramadi, and the Baghdad Campaigns. Kyle’s valiant efforts were rewarded with two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars. Though Kyle’s grueling years of overseas combat strained his family life with wife Taya Kyle and his children, he overcame these struggles and founded CRAFT International LLC, a security company, and Fitco Cares, a foundation focused on Soldier physical and mental fitness. The distinction of Kyle’s legacy is encapsulated in American Sniper, which topped the New York Times bestseller list in 2012 and 2013. Warner Brothers turned American Sniper into an Academy-Award nominated movie in 2015 with the help of DeFelice.

Jim DeFelice is a renowned author, screenwriter, and video game developer. DeFelice explores the consequences of war, politics, and terrorism on Soldiers and civilians. Fourteen of DeFelice’s fifty fiction and non-fiction books made the New York Times bestseller lists. Along with American Sniper,he co-wrote Code Name Johnny Walker (2014) about an Iraqi translator aiding American forces, and authored the biography Omar Bradley: General at War (2011), the first in-depth, critical piece written about the five-star General. His most recent publication is American Wife (2015), which he co-authored with Taya Kyle about her experiences as wife and widow of the American Sniper. Currently he is working on Fighting Blind, the story of Ivan Castro, a blind Special Forces officer, combat veteran, and Green Beret slated for release in 2016.

All USAHEC lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend. Doors to the Visitor and Education Center open at 6:30 PM, and the lecture begins at 7:15 PM. Parking is free, books for a signing after the lecture will be for sale, and the Museum Store will be open. For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: www.usahec.org or call: 717-245-3972. 

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This weekend, the Army Heritage Trail at the U.S Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) will be inhabited by a group of World War II reenactors. The 29th Infantry Division Living History reenactment group will be conducting training exercises for its living historians. The group bases their storylines upon the 29th Infantry Division, a Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC National Guard unit that served in World War II, including D-Day.  Most members of the reenactment group hail from Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Members of the squad will be available to serve as historical interpreters to the general public on Saturday, June 27 near the World War II Barracks on the Army Heritage Trail. This program is made possible through the coordination efforts of the Army Heritage Center Foundation.

For more information about the 29th Infantry Division Living History group, please visit www.29thdivision.com.

 

About the Foundation and U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center 

The Military Heritage Foundation, doing business as the Army Heritage Center Foundation, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that, through donated support, is funding the construction of the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center—the Visitor and Education Center (VEC) and the Army Heritage Center.  As the phased construction program is completed, the Foundation transfers these facilities to the Army to operate, staff, and maintain as part of the Center. The Foundation will then focus on “margin of excellence support” to meet the needs of educational programs and other activities at USAHEC where federal funds are inadequate or unavailable. 

The Foundation completed its Voices of the Past capital campaign in 2010, with the construction of Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center, a key component of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus. Opened to the public on May 20, 2011, the Visitor and Education Center is the focal point for the campus, containing the first large exhibit gallery and hosting educational activities on the USAHEC campus.

The Foundation is now seeking grants and donations for its Build on Success Campaign to build Phase Two of the Visitor and Education Center and to create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program coordinates National History Day in Pennsylvania, complements the Center’s programs and exhibits, and is a state approved continuing education provider. The Foundation also supports and enhances USAHEC’s public outreach by supporting marketing initiatives and serving as a public advocate of the Center’s mission and programs. 

USAHEC is dedicated to educating and preserving the legacy of the men and women who have served this nation as Soldiers. The Center's mission is to educate a broad audience on the heritage of the Army by acquiring, preserving, and making available historical records, materials, and artifacts. A unique Army and public asset, USAHEC is the Army’s only historical organization chartered to acquire and preserve the personal history of our Soldiers through their photos, letters, diaries, and artifacts. USAHEC staff then makes these resources available to the public through accessible archives, engaging education programs, and world-class interpretive displays. Learn more about USAHEC at www.usahec.org.

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George Washington, the Sons of Liberty, and the Battles of Trenton and Yorktown are familiar terms discussed by authors and educators in relation to the Revolutionary War. Behind the operations, however, a new perspective is emerging, driven by the scholarship of Mr. Kenneth A. Daigler, professional intelligence officer. At 3:00 PM on Saturday, June 27, 2015, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania will present the second roundtable of the quarterly “Discussions on Military History.” The roundtable will open with a lecture from Mr. Daigler on the American intelligence operations during the Revolution based on his 2014 book, Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War. Following the lecture, Professor of History Dr. James H. Broussard, Archivist Ms. Jessica J. Sheets, and Chief of Interpretation for the George Washington Birthplace National Monument Mr. Scott S. Hill, will discuss how intelligence acts as a new lens on the Revolutionary War.

General George Washington and his vast network of spies engaged in the tradecraft of intelligence collection throughout the Revolutionary War. Washington led such clandestine activities due to his skills of observation, tactical and strategic deception, elicitation, and defensive counterintelligence. As early as the Battle of Trenton, Washington oversaw spies and scouts reconnoitering the enemy’s positions, and his Strategic Deception Plan built upon this success through to the British surrender at Yorktown. Multiple organizations were behind intelligence activities throughout the colonies. Groups such as the United Front Organization encouraged political action and aided inter-colonial communication. Others disguised their activities as legitimate businesses in order to provide weapons and expertise to American Soldiers. Intelligence activities were integral to the colonists’ victory and independence.

Mr. Daigler is a retired Career Operations Officer for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and worked with the Department of Defense on counterintelligence operations. He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and the Vietnam War. Along with his book Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War, Daigler is the author of intelligence articles for numerous journals, including The Intelligencer and Studies in Intelligence. In these works and others, his research focuses on intelligence activities in the period between 1765 and 1865.

All USAHEC lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend. Parking is free, books for a signing will be for sale, and the Museum Store will be open. For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: www.usahec.org or call 717-245-3972.

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**Due to unexpected circumstances, Mr. Tom Ryan will no longer be giving the

June Perspectives in Military History Lecture. We regret this last minute

change, but are excited to welcome Mr. Cooper Wingert in his place.**

 

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

POINT OF CONTACT: Jessie Faller-Parrett, 717-245-3641, jessie.t.faller-parrett.civ@mail.mil

 

TEENAGE CIVIL WAR EXPERT TO LECTURE ON MYSTERIOUS COMPONENT OF THE GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN

 

In the final days of June 1863, two massive armies streamed towards the tiny crossroads of Gettysburg. Just a few miles north, General Robert E. Lee’s vanguard fell upon the outskirts of Pennsylvania’s vulnerable capital and was turned back by the little-known or celebrated militia men defending Harrisburg in the Battle of Sporting Hill. Author Cooper H. Wingert highlights the obscure yet influential Battle of Sporting Hill in his book, The Confederate Approach on Harrisburg: The Gettysburg Campaign’s Northernmost Reaches. At 7:15 PM on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania will present a lecture on this topic as part of the 48th Annual Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series.

The Battle of Sporting Hill near Harrisburg resulted from General Robert E. Lee’s larger invasion plan for Pennsylvania and his strategic aim to capture the capital. General Lee sent Brigadier General Albert Jenkins to survey the city, but his troopers clashed with Harrisburg-based state militia when the home guard received word of increased Confederate forces in the area. The skirmish at Sporting Hill ended with the Confederate brigade retreating towards Carlisle and followed with the shelling of the city by another set of Lee’s troops. After the Union general defending Carlisle refused surrender, Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart ordered his Soldiers to set the entirety of Carlisle Barracks ablaze before leaving the city and abandoning their mission to Harrisburg. The Battle of Sporting Hill set the stage for the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1-3, 1863.

Cooper H. Wingert was already a published author before the release of The Confederate Approach on Harrisburg, in 2012. At age 12, he finished a critical edition of a veteran diary, A Virginian in the Vanguard: The Diary of Lt. Hermann Schuricht, 14th Virginia Cavalry Regiment. He also wrote two books released in 2013, Emergency Men!: The 26th Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia and the Gettysburg Campaign and Harrisburg and the Civil War: Defending the Keystone of the Union. Mr. Wingert draws authorial inspiration from historical societies, archives, and Civil War collections across Pennsylvania and the northeast, including USAHEC.

All USAHEC lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend. Doors to the Visitor and Education Center open at 6:30 PM, and the lecture begins at 7:15 PM. Parking is free, books for a signing after the lecture will be for sale, and the Museum Store will be open. For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: www.usahec.org or call 717-245-3972.

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As General Robert E. Lee led his resolute rebels on a steamy summer invasion in June 1863, intrigue and slithering spies acted in direct competition with flamboyant cavalrymen and canny intelligence officers to provide Lee and his enemies with critical information. On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, Mr. Tom Ryan, author of the brand new book, Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign, will lecture on the role of intelligence in the days leading to America’s bloodiest battle. The lecture will be proudly presented by the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, at 7:15 PM. 

Throughout the invasion of Pennsylvania during the American Civil War, Lee moved without critical intelligence capabilities, leading to his ultimate defeat. Lee, and his Army of the Potomac counterpart and enemy, General George Meade, relied on complicated and extended intelligence networks to inform and direct their movement and choices. Lee used a mix of cavalry outriders, civilian spies, and newspaper reports to guide his army. Meade, on the other hand, used these methods and the recently established Bureau of Military Intelligence: a radical new organization within the Federal Army capable of collecting, collating, and reporting on enemy movements and dispositions as never before. In his book, Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign, Mr. Tom Ryan compares the two intelligence networks and discusses the details and effectiveness of their respective approaches. His lecture will examine the essentials of each general’s methods and offer insight into how intelligence operations impacted the Civil War’s most decisive campaign.

Tom Ryan is the former president of the Central Delaware Civil War Round Table in Dover and a member of the Civil War Trust, Gettysburg Foundation, Delaware Historical Society, and Fort Delaware Society. He has a BA from the University of Maryland and an MA from American University. He has published numerous articles and book reviews about the Civil War in newspapers and magazines. He writes a column for the local Coastal Point newspaper called “Civil War Profiles.” He served three years in the United States Army and thirty-five years as a civilian with the U.S. Department of Defense.

All USAHEC lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend. Doors to the Visitor and Education Center open at 6:30 PM, and the lecture begins at 7:15 PM. Parking is free, books for a signing after the lecture will be for sale, and the Museum Store will be open. For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: www.usahec.org or call: 717-245-3972.

 

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The property receipt for the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima; Brigadier General Judson Kilpatrick’s Civil War presentation sword; General Omar N. Bradley’s D-Day invasion map; the #3 Smith and Wesson revolver that belonged to Lieutenant Colonel Hobart Kemper Baily, who may have carried it when he met with Sitting Bull. These are just a few of the prized items on display at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) as part of the newest exhibit, “Treasures of the USAHEC,” scheduled to open on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 1:00 p.m., as part of USAHEC’s Army Heritage Days event.

USAHEC’s motto is “Telling the Army’s Story…one Soldier at a Time,” but there are many items in the USAHEC collection that hold significance to the overall history of the U.S. Army and the nation. These items are not able to be displayed on a regular basis due to their condition or rarity. The “Treasures of the USAHEC” exhibit will rotate many of these rare collections, including the 1778 printing of Baron Von Steuben’s “blue book” or drill manual, which he wrote to bring discipline to the young Continental Army after the horrible winter at Valley Forge.

The official exhibit opening will be in conjunction with USAHEC’s annual Army Heritage Days event. There will be nearly 300 reenactors from different periods of U.S. Army history, displays of equipment, organizational displays such as the Scottish Heritage Society, and demonstrations of cavalry and artillery tactics. The event continues inside the Visitor and Education Center, where attendees can listen to lectures, visit the exhibits and table displays, or write a letter to a Soldier. There will also be ample opportunity to interact with Veterans from WWII through Operation Enduring Freedom.   

The Army Heritage Days event and the “Treasures of the USAHEC” exhibit opening are open to the public and free to attend. As always, USAHEC’s exhibits, including the new “Treasures of the USAHEC,” and the Soldier Experience Gallery will be open. Don’t forget to grab lunch at one of the many food vendors throughout the event, and feel free to browse the museum store. Parking is also free, and the USAHEC facility is handicapped accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please visit the website: www.USAHEC.org or call: 717-245-3972. 

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On May 12 and 13, 2015, more than 1,000 students, teachers, and parents from across the Commonwealth will converge on Millersville University to compete for the opportunity to represent Pennsylvania at the Kenneth C. Behring National History Day contest at The University of Maryland, College Park this June.

National History Day is a year-long academic program proven to enhance student achievement and college and career readiness.  Students research and develop projects on topics of their own choosing and create exhibits, websites, documentaries, performances, and papers. 

Student may elect to participate in a series of contests at the local and regional levels, where they defend their projects before a panel of judges.  Regional winners go on to the statewide contest where they compete for the honor of representing Pennsylvania at the National Contest in Washington, D.C. 

“NHD in PA challenges students to become scholars” says State Coordinator Jeff Hawks.  Hawks is the Education Director at the Army Heritage Center Foundation in Carlisle, which sponsors and manages the program.  “The way they rise to that challenge is amazing.  Many of the projects we see at the state contest are college level work.” 

The theme for 2015 is Leadership and Legacy.  Throughout the year, students have researched and analyzed historical sources, drawn conclusions, and honed their projects to demonstrate their learning.

Kevin Wagner, the Social Studies Program Chair for Grades 6-12 in the Carlisle Area School District, states that “History Day shows students how the mundane and ordinary can be the fantastic and extraordinary, changing our society and culture forever, and serves as a microscope by which we can examine our local, state, and national community to find out how ordinary people and events really can and do make a difference.”

“The program really brings history to life for the students.  For many of them, this is the first time they really see that history is something that involved real people grappling with the most significant problems of their time,” says Hawks.  A recent study shows that National History Day students outperform their peers on standardized tests in all subject areas and are better prepared for college and careers.

Students who come to the State Contest have already competed successfully at one of eleven Regional Contests.  Overall, approximately 12,000 students, teachers, parents, and judges participate in the state-wide program.

National History Day in Pennsylvania is sponsored by the Army Heritage Center Foundation, located in Carlisle.

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Why would anyone jump out of perfectly good airplane? This question has surrounded the elite group of men and women in the U.S. Army known as paratroopers for decades. The same query has often been asked of the All Veteran Group Parachute Team, whose name is associated with patriotism and high profile tandem jumps involving Former President George H. W. Bush and WWII Veteran Red Falvey. To witness these amazing jumpers and honor all of America’s Veterans, please join the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania for Army Heritage Days, Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17, where the All Veteran Group Parachute Team will make a special appearance.

Army Heritage Days is a weekend-long event that features re-enactors from different periods of history, lectures by well-known historians, military equipment displays, as well as tactics and weapons demonstrations. This year will also mark the return of the parachute team! Members of the All Veteran Group (AVG) Parachute Team and the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment will display historic materials and jump on Saturday, May 16th at 10:00 a.m. Founded in 2011, the AVG is made up of a group of active duty and retired military personnel and other patriotic American jumpers, and has completed over 50,000 parachute jumps, three of which were conducted with Former President George H.W. Bush. Each of the team’s jumps honors those who have already served their country, along with those young men and women who are the future of the U.S. military.   

After the jump, Army Heritage Days continues on the outdoor grounds and inside the Visitor and Education Center, where visitors can listen to lectures, visit the military model displays, and participate in the popular Veterans Meet and Greet. This year, the Veterans Meet and Greet will feature Carlisle local and WWII Veteran, SGT Cosmo J. Zizzi, who joined the U.S. Army after the attack on Pearl Harbor and served with the Seventh Armored Division in France, Holland, Belgium, and Germany during the war. SGT Zizzi, along with other Veterans, will be available to speak with visitors in Ridgway Hall. USAHEC encourages all Veterans to fill out one of our Veteran Surveys in order to have your story preserved for future generations as part of the USAHEC collection.   

This event is free and open to the public. As always, USAHEC’s exhibits, including the new “Treasures of the USAHEC” exhibit, and the Soldier Experience Gallery will be open. Don’t forget to grab lunch at one of the many food vendors throughout the event, and feel free to browse the museum store. Parking is also free, and the USAHEC facility is handicapped accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please visit the website: www.USAHEC.org or call: 717-245-3972. 

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Be all You Can Be”  was the Army’s recruiting slogan from the early 1980s until the late 1990s and one of the most successful marketing slogans of all times. 

Come “Be all You Can Be” on June 13th by joining with the Army Heritage Center Foundation as we host Central Pennsylvania’s third annual Army Birthday Dinner at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.  This year, we commemorate the U.S. Army’s 240th birthday, and the dinner allows the region to honor the U.S. Army, its Soldiers and Veterans, and their families. The highlights of this year’s program include honoring Mr. Earl Carter, the originator of the well-known “Be All You Can Be” Army slogan and partaking in traditions of a Formal Regimental Mess which fosters camaraderie and esprit de corps.  The evening will also include a cake cutting and dinner, along with recognizing Soldiers and Veterans in attendance.

For years, in major cities across the country, private organizations across the Nation have celebrated the Army’s birthday.  However, celebrations in Central Pennsylvania have been modest.  “The development of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center provides us a perfect venue to celebrate the Army birthday“ said MG Robert Scales, Chair of the Army Heritage Center Foundation.  “We hope that, with our large local retiree population and the presence of many Soldiers currently serving in the Pennsylvania National Guard and Army Reserves, we can sponsor an event which highlights their and the Army’s service to the Nation.”

Mike Perry, Executive Director of the Foundation, stated that “The Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to host the Army’s Birthday event in the Visitor and Education Center to better showcase this outstanding facility, dedicated to the Army and its Soldiers, to the Foundation’s membership and the public.”

Event Sponsors include the Association of the United States Army – Carlisle Barracks Chapter, Highmark, Mette, Evans, and Woodside, United Concordia, and Metro Productions.

For detailed information about the dinner, event sponsorship opportunities, or to rsvp, please contact the Foundation Offices at (717) 258-1102 or info@armyheritage.org.  

 

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to announce that the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center will host a free public program on April 25, 2015 beginning at 2:00 p.m. that features Rory Kennedy’s 2015 Academy Award © nominated documentary “Last Days in Vietnam” and a panel of experts to provide perspective. The program is a partnership among the Army Heritage Center Foundation, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, the U.S. Army War College, and WITF Public Television and Radio.  Register for the screening at witf.org/events.

Rory Kennedy’s documentary, “Last Days in Vietnam” focuses on the chaotic final days of the American involvement in the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon.  As nearby cities and villages fell to the North, U.S. diplomats and military officials in the country contemplated withdrawal. With the lives of thousands of South Vietnamese hanging in the balance, those in control faced an impossible decision—which Vietnamese citizens would go and which would be left behind to face brutality, imprisonment, or death. At the risk of their careers and possible court-martial, a handful of individuals took matters into their own hands. Engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations, they waged a desperate effort to evacuate as many South Vietnamese as possible.

After the film, WITF’s Scott LaMar will moderate a talk back session with panel experts to provide perspective.  The panel includes Dr. Lewis (Bob) Sorley whose book, A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America's Last Years in Vietnam, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; Tom Glenn who was a senior National Security Agency officer in Vietnam at the end of the war, and COL (R) John Martin who, as an Army Lieutenant, supported the care and processing of Vietnamese refugees evacuated from Saigon to Guam as part of Operation New Life.

WITF TV will broadcast the PBS documentary AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Last Days in Vietnam on Tuesday, April 28, 2015,  at 9:00 p.m. Scheduled in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, the broadcast will contain additional footage not seen during the film’s theatrical release. The broadcast is supported locally on WITF TV by theLebanon VA Medical Center and the Army War College Foundation.

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), a component of the U.S. Army War College, is a museum, research center, and educational complex dedicated to honoring soldiers and their families; preserving and making publically available their artifacts and archival materials; and educating and inspiring visitors through programs and exhibits that promote a greater understanding of the Army's and its soldiers' contributions.  The museum and research center is free and open to the public. Learn more about USAHEC at www.usahec.org.

The Military Heritage Foundation, doing business as the Army Heritage Center Foundation, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that, through donated support, is funding the construction of the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center—the Visitor and Education Center (VEC) and the Army Heritage Center. The Foundation also provides “margin of excellence support” to meet the needs of educational programs and other activities at USAHEC where federal funds are inadequate or unavailable.  Learn more about the Foundation at www.armyheritage.org.

WITF is a valued source of educational, inspiring, and creative content for adults and children in every community in Central Pennsylvania. WITF’s programs and services reach nearly two million citizens in 19 counties throughout the region. WITF is comprised of public broadcasting stations WITF TV, WITF 89.5 & 93.3, WITF.org, and regional magazine Central PA (published by The Patriot-News in association with WITF).  The organization also includes the news networks RadioPA and Pennsylvania Public Radio, as well as Media Solutions and Top Flight Media. Learn more about WITF at www.witf.org

 

 

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The Cold War era was a tense and stressful time in American history, but it was also a period of great political and creative expression. The American people spoke out about their views on world-wide tensions through numerous artistic mediums, including movies.  On Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 5:30 p.m., the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania invites you to join us for a Strategic Art Film Program Dinner and a Movie Event featuring one such Cold War era satirical film, Dr. Strangelove, a comical, Hollywood depiction of fictional events, which examine real Cold War politics and attitudes.

The evening will feature Colonel Mike Current as film moderator. He will review and lead a discussion of the film while guests enjoy a 1960s themed dinner with a complimentary cocktail. Additionally, materials regarding survival in the face of a nuclear attack will be on display in the room, including pamphlets highlighting the importance of “duck and cover” and how to build a fallout shelter at home.

Those who wish to participate in the dinner must purchase tickets from Carlisle Barracks MWR and can do so by calling 717-245-3099 or 717-245-4329. Preferred seating is provided for dinner guests, but those who do not wish to purchase dinner are welcome to enjoy the movie for free. Parking is also free, and the USAHEC facility is handicap accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please visit the website: www.USAHEC.org or call: 717-245-3972.

 

 

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Starting a research project can be a daunting task, especially when you may not be familiar with a facility, its collections, or its resources. Luckily, as a premier research facility, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) has a multitude of useful research materials and a very knowledgeable staff that can help! On Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 10:30 a.m., USAHEC in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, invites you to join us for a detailed presentation about conducting research using our expansive archival and library collection. 

The program will feature an in-depth presentation by Mr. Rich Baker on conducting research using the USAHEC Collection and the online USAHEC Research Catalog and Digital Archive. USAHEC holds over 16 million items in its archival collection, which includes primary sources such as Civil War photographs, audio-visual materials, and millions of manuscript pages. Additionally, USAHEC has a vast collection of secondary sources, including unit histories and military and scholarly publications, which cover a variety of periods and topics. While this event focuses specifically on learning to use the USAHEC Collection, it is perfect for researchers, historians, and students of all experience levels and disciplines to learn historical research techniques, which can be applied elsewhere.

This event is open to the public and free to attend.  Registration is not required, and the presentation begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2015. As always, USAHEC’s exhibits, including the Soldier Experience Gallery and the Army Heritage Trail, will be open. Don’t forget to grab lunch at Café Cumberland from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and feel free to browse the Museum Store. Parking is free, and the USAHEC facility is handicap accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please visit www.USAHEC.org or call: 717-245-3972.

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On January 16, 1863, spending the political capital earned at the muzzle of a cannon on the bloody fields around Sharpsburg, MD just months earlier, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, turning the American Civil War towards a conflict based on the concept of human freedom. On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), Mr. Todd Brewster, author of Lincoln’s Gamble: The Tumultuous Six Months that Gave America the Emancipation Proclamation and Changed the Course of the Civil War, will give a detailed presentation on the president’s historic and decisive decision. The lecture begins at 7:15 PM in USAHEC’s Visitor and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

In his lecture, Mr. Brewster will explore the six months prior to the issue of the Emancipation Proclamation, studying Lincoln’s conflict with his generals, cabinet, and even his own depression. He will take on the myths of Lincoln’s belief in inequality and the triumph of freedom over slavery and examine exactly how Lincoln overcame adversity to free the slaves held in the Confederacy.

Todd Brewster is the Director of the National Constitution Center’s “The Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution.” He was a Senior Editor of LIFE magazine from 1988 to 1992 and was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 2000. From 2004-2006, he served as a Knight Fellow at Yale Law School and as the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government at Wesleyan University, moving on to take over the Don E. Ackerman Director of Oral History at the U.S. Military Academy from 2008 to 2013. In 2013, Brewster turned to film production as the Executive Producer of the film, Into Harm’s Way. His latest book, Lincoln’s Gamble, was published by Scribner in September 2014.

All USAHEC lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend. Doors to the Visitor and Education Center open at 6:30 PM, and the lecture begins at 7:15 PM. Parking is free, books for a signing after the lecture will be for sale, and the Museum Store will be open. For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: www.usahec.org or call: 717-245-3972. 

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"It is fitting and proper that we devote one day each year to paying special tribute to those whose constancy and courage constitute one of the bulwarks guarding the freedom of this nation and the peace of the free world.” In 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower spoke these words promoting the celebration of Armed Forces Day, which honors the devoted service of all U.S. military members. In that tradition, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania invites you to join us on Armed Forces Day Weekend, Saturday, May 16, 2015 and Sunday, May 17, 2015, for the two-day, annual Army Heritage Days event, which is USAHEC’s largest and most popular living history event!

This weekend-long event features re-enactors from different periods of history, lectures by well-known historians, military equipment displays, and tactics and weapons demonstrations. This year also marks the return of our parachute team! Members of the All Veteran Group Parachute Team and the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment will present a historic display and jump on Saturday, May 16th. Living historians from nearly every period of American military history will be out on the Army Heritage Trail to interact with visitors, alongside military vehicle and equipment displays. In addition, the event will feature the West Point Glee Club, bi-planes, gun trucks, and a 19th century baseball game. Inside the Visitor and Education Center, visitors can listen to lectures, visit the military model displays, and participate in our very popular Veterans Meet and Greet.  

The event is free and open to the public. As always, USAHEC’s exhibits, including the new “Treasures of USAHEC” exhibit and the Soldier Experience Gallery will be open. Don’t forget to grab lunch from one of the many food vendors throughout the event, and feel free to browse the Museum Store. Parking is also free, and the USAHEC facility is handicap accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please visit www.USAHEC.org or call: 717-245-3972. 

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Explore the disconnect between the popular ideas about the U.S. Military and their real practices from the Revolutionary War to current operations, with Dr. Antulio Echevarria at 7:15 p.m. on March 18, 2015, at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, PA. Dr. Echevarria will challenge the prevailing concepts of American warfighting over the past two and a half centuries, reviewing the “American way of war,” in a lecture based on his book, Reconsidering the American Way of War.

At the forefront of military strategic studies in the United States Army, Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria has pushed the boundaries of understanding the American way of war by challenging the prevailing strategic and operational practices of the United States military from 1775 to 2014. Dr. Echevarria presents the disconnect between popular ideas and real practices of the U.S. military by reviewing each major war and operation in which the U.S. Army has been involved, from the Revolutionary War to the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. His review observes the American use of force and finds the American way of war is based primarily on political concerns, rather than military ones, and the amount of force used has not always been overwhelming or decisive. Dr. Echevarria’s lecture will address his shift in understanding of U.S. policy and will use Clausewitzian theory to show the U.S. military as an extension of American politics, as well as American policy.

Dr. Antulio Echevarria is the Editor of the U.S. Army War College Quarterly, Parameters. The retired Lieutenant Colonel has also served as Director of Research for the U.S. Army War College and is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. He served as a Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford University Changing Character of War Programme and holds Masters and Doctorate degrees in History from Princeton University. Dr. Echevarria is the author of Clausewitz and Contemporary War, Imagining Future War, and After Clausewitz. He has also published a number of other scholarly works on the topic of military history, theory, and strategic thinking.

All USAHEC lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend. Doors to the Visitor and Education Center will open at 6:30 p.m., and the lecture will begin at 7:15 p.m. Parking is free, books for a signing after the lecture will be for sale, and the Museum Store will be open. For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: www.usahec.org or call 717-245-3972. 

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The military has long been an important subject in art.  In the nineteenth century, Emanuel Leutze immortalized George Washington’s famous crossing of the Delaware River during the Battle of Trenton, while American Soldier, illustrator, and reporter, Bill Mauldin, captured the environment of World War II from the Soldier’s perspective in the pages of Stars and Stripes.  Today, military art continues to be important both to the U.S. Military and the American public as historical record and a teaching tool.

In this tradition, on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 8:30 a.m., the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) and the Army Heritage Center Foundation (AHCF) will be hosting a day-long Art Lecture and Workshop Event in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, that includes presentations by current and former U.S. Army artists and a Brooklyn based civilian artist whose work focuses on Veterans’ Oral Histories.  The program also includes hands-on professional development sessions for teachers on using military art in the classroom.

The morning Art Lectures are hosted by USAHEC and feature presentations from currently serving U.S. Army artists Sergeant Ronald Kelsey and Captain Heather Englehart, former U.S. Army photographer and USAHEC Art Curator Jim McNally, and Brooklyn-based civilian artist, Nina Talbot.  Ms. Talbot’s paintings are currently on display in the General Omar N. Bradley Memorial Art Gallery at USAHEC. 

The afternoon Art Workshop is hosted by AHCF and features professional development sessions lead by noted local educators.  The presenters include Paul Nagle, a local artist and Art Department Chairperson at Cumberland Valley School District, Lynette Giblin, an artist and teacher at Mechanicsburg Area High School, and Jeff Hawks, a certified teacher and Education Director at AHCF.  The sessions will allow participants to examine the use of military art as a primary source in their classrooms. While the event is focused on helping teachers use military art in the classroom, members of the public are welcome.

Registration is required.  Please register online at www.armyheritage.org by clicking on “Art Symposium” under the Education Tab.  The morning lectures begin at 8:30 a.m. on March 20th.  USAHEC’s exhibits, to include the Nina Talbot “Veterans” art exhibit, the Soldier Experience Gallery, and the Army Heritage Trail, will be open. Don’t forget to grab lunch at Café Cumberland from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and feel free to browse the museum bookstore. Parking is free, and the USAHEC facility is handicapped accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please visit the website: www.USAHEC.org or call: 717-245-3972.

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Carlisle, PA – The Honourable Company of Horners will be holding its annual meeting at the U.S. Army History and Education Center (USAHEC) at Carlisle, Pennsylvania on March 6 and 7, 2015.  The public is invited to attend from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Friday, March 6th and from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM on Saturday, March 7th.  Admission is free.  On display will be multiple tables of powder horns, cups, combs, and other historic objects made of cattle horn, as well as contemporary examples of items made by gifted artists today.  Master craftsmen will be demonstrating the processes to accomplish these works of art, including one working on a reproduction 18th century lathe.

The Honourable Company of Horners began in 1996 by like-minded mostly powder horn collectors and artists, forming the "Horn Guild" the same year as a not for profit corporation dedicated to discovering the history of cattle horn raw material used in manufacturing.  Many household objects like shoe horns, horn rim glasses, and even window panes were made this way.  The Guild's primary focus is education of its members and the public about this once common but nearly lost skill.  The idea of a handful of men has grown to nearly 400, and through their efforts, books are now being published and distributed for the interested.

The display portion of the event is free and open to the public.  As always, USAHEC has a number of exhibits to view as well, including "Understanding the War through Imagery: The Civil War in American Memory," the Nina Talbot “Veterans” art exhibit, and the Soldier Experience Gallery. Don’t forget to grab lunch at Café Cumberland, throughout the event, and feel free to browse the museum store. Parking is also free, and USAHEC is handicapped accessible. For more information about this event, please visit www.hornguild.org/upcoming-events/the-19th-hch-annual-meeting-at-the-ahec-march-6-7-2015/ or call: 717-245-3972.

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Come learn about the exciting world of living history and reenactment at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania! The Center is pleased to invite the public and living historians to attend the 4th Annual Reenactor Recruitment Day on Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM in USAHEC’s Visitor and Education Center. The event will feature over thirty living history organizations, representing impressions covering all eras of U.S. Army and world military history, from 16th century pikemen to Vietnam War-era grunts. The event serves as a “meet and greet” for reenactors to interact between their organizations and for the public to learn more about the historic periods each group represents. In addition, Recruitment Day provides a great opportunity for reenactors to fill their ranks with history buffs.

Over two hundred reenactors will be on hand in their period attire to answer questions, talk about their upcoming events, discuss the finer points of reenacting, and show off their military accoutrements. A War of 1812-era team will display all of the equipment an American Soldier carried to battle against the British, and Civil War-era cavalrymen will show the kit their mounts carried on campaign. From 19th century artillery to Wehrmacht medics, the sheer diversity of periods represented is sure to entertain children and hard-core historians alike. Some organizations will perform live demonstrations of the manual of arms from their period, troop movements, and battlefield medical techniques.

The Fourth Annual Reenactor Recruitment Day is free and open to the public. USAHEC’s main exhibit, “The Soldier Experience,” will be open, as will the bookstore and the Café Cumberland. Parking is free. For directions, general information, upcoming events, and the event flyer, please visit the USAHEC website at www.usahec.org. For questions, please call: 717-245-3972.   

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