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On Thursday, September 11, 2014, the United States Army War College will

conduct a remembrance ceremony to honor the fallen, the first responders,

and the survivors of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  The event

will take place in front of Root Hall, on Carlisle Barracks, and will begin

at 8:30 a.m.  The ceremony will include bell chimes to correspond with the

times of the attacks, bell ringers to represent each community being

honored, a laying of a wreath, and the playing of Taps.  The public is welcome

to attend the event.

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The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) is proud to present director Sebastian Junger for a special screening and discussion about his new film “KORENGAL.” The screening will be open to the public and held Monday, September 15, 2014 at 3 p.m. in the USAHEC Multipurpose Room.

KORENGAL picks up where RESTREPO left off; the same men, the same valley, the same commanders, but a very different look at the experience of war. KORENGAL explains how war works, what it feels like and what it does to the young men who fight it. As one soldier cheers when he kills an enemy fighter, another looks into the camera and asks if God will ever forgive him for all of the killing he has done. As one soldier grieves the loss of his friend in combat, another explains why he misses the war now that his deployment has ended and admits he would go back to the front line in a heartbeat. Every bit as intense and affecting as RESTREPO, KORENGAL goes a step further in bringing the war into people’s living rooms back home.

New York-based writer and journalist Sebastian Junger first ventured into film with the documentary RESTREPO, which he shot and directed with colleague Tim Hetherington. RESTREPO chronicles one year at an American combat outpost in eastern Afghanistan; the film won the 2010 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for best documentary and was also nominated for an Oscar® and an Independent Spirit Award. Junger’s accompanying book, War, spent over a month on the New York Times bestseller list. Junger’s next film, Which Way Is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington, was a moving portrait of the acclaimed war photographer and his RESTREPO co-director that premiered on HBO and was nominated for a PGA award and was short-listed for an Oscar® in the Best Documentary Feature category. Junger’s books include The Perfect Storm, Fire and A Death in Belmont.

The screening and discussion of “KORENGAL” with Sebastian Junger is open to the public and FREE to attend.  Parking is free, and the Museum Store will be open. Be sure to arrive early, and have lunch at the USAHEC’s Café Cumberland. 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 Board of Directors of the Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to announce the honorees that the Foundation will recognize at its 7th Recognition Dinner and Silent Auction at the U. S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) on November 8, 2014.

Awardees

  • MG John Armstrong Award:  The G. B. Stuart Charitable Foundation
  • Living Legend Award: Secretary of the Army John O. Marsh, Jr.
  • Boots on the Ground Awardees: The American Gold Star Mothers

Background

The G. B. Stuart Charitable Foundation will receive the MG John Armstrong Award.  It is named for MG John Armstrong(1725-1795), a Soldier, a Statesman, a Pioneer, and a Leader who shaped the development of this region and the Nation.  The award recognizes individuals and organizations that have helped develop USAHEC. The G. B. Stuart Charitable Foundation has been an ardent supporter of the Foundation’s efforts and has been instrumental in enhancing the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus.

Secretary of the Army John O. Marsh, Jr. is the longest serving Secretary of the Army or Secretary of War in our Nation’s history.  He will receive the Living Legend Award for his unwavering service to our Nation and its Army.  A World War II and Vietnam War veteran, Marsh also served in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the Commonwealth of Virginia, before been selected as Secretary of the Army during the Reagan and Bush Administrations (1981-1989). He also served as counsel for the Ford Administration. He helped to shape the Army of the 1980s and return the Army focus to its roots.

The past national President and representatives of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Gold Star Mothers will accept the Boots on the Ground Award.  This award recognizes individuals or organizations that make a very positive contribution to the lives of Soldiers and their families. The Gold Star Mothers is a national organization composed of mothers whose sons or daughters served and died in the line of duty in the Armed Forces of the United States.  Since 1928, its members have helped to lessen the pain of others and promote patriotism within their community.

The Dinner

This annual dinner will be held at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, allowing the Foundation to better showcase the Center’s assets to its guests, to honor Veterans past and present, and those who support Soldiers, and to thank those who support the Army Heritage Center Foundation and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in “Telling the Army Story . . . one Soldier at a time.®”

Dinner sponsorship opportunities are available. For additional details about the dinner and silent auction, or to order tickets, please contact the Foundation at (717) 258-1102 or info@armyheritage.org or visit www.armyheritagegiving.org.

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

The Army Heritage Center Foundation works with the U.S. Army and our supporters to expand the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) campus and enhance its programs. The Foundation, which also serves as the project manager for privately funded construction projects on the campus, completed its Voices of the Past capital campaign in 2010 with construction of the first phase 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. In the fall of 2011, the Foundation launched its Build on Success capital campaign to build Phase Two of the Visitor and Education Center.

The Foundation’s development program seeks grants and donations to build Phase Two of the Visitor and Education Center, support construction of the Heritage Center, and create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program coordinates the National History Day in Pennsylvania competition, complements the Center’s programs and exhibits by providing teachers educational material from the USAHEC collection, 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. Learn more about the Foundation at www.armyheritage.org.

USAHEC is dedicated to educating and preserving the legacy of the men and women who have served their 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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The Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to announce that the United States Office of Personnel Management formally admitted the Foundation into the Fall 2014 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) as a member of Military Support Groups of America.  The Army Heritage Center Foundation’s CFC organization reference number is 44284.

The 2014 campaign season marks the Foundation’s second consecutive appearance within the CFC program which will solicit financial support for the Foundation’s programs.  The Office of Personnel Management’s acceptance of the Foundation into CFC recognizes the national reach of the Foundation’s educational programs, research assistance, and outreach for the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center to veterans, educators, and the public.

“In order to qualify for CFC, participating charities must demonstrate that the services they perform aid citizens from all over the U.S., not just local or regional residents,” explained Foundation Executive Director Mike Perry.  “We are pleased to be recognized as one of the nation’s leading charities again this year.  The Foundation is planning to reach out to federal employees through CFC-sponsored events to build on the support we received last year” Perry continued.

Established in 1961, CFC is the largest and most successful annual workplace fundraising drive in the world.  Every fall, CFC solicits donations from Federal employees on behalf of participating charities selected through a rigorous application process.  Federal employees may choose to support a charity represented by CFC through payroll deductions beginning in January of the following year.

Federal employees can support the Foundation’s mission through the CFC program by designating national charity number 44284.

Funds collected through the CFC program will support the Foundation’s educational programs and efforts to promote and enhance the public facilities of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.  The Foundation is currently leading a fundraising initiative to expand the Visitor and Education Center that opened in 2011. 

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

The Army Heritage Center Foundation works with the U.S. Army and our supporters to expand the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) campus and enhance its programs. The Foundation, which also serves as the project manager for privately funded construction projects on the campus, completed its Voices of the Past capital campaign in 2010 with the construction of the first phase 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. In the fall of 2011, the Foundation launched its Build on Success capital campaign to build Phase Two of the Visitor and Education Center.

The Foundation’s development program seeks grants and donations to build Phase Two of the Visitor and Education Center, support construction of the Heritage Center, and create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program coordinates the National History Day in Pennsylvania competition, complements the Center’s programs and exhibits by providing teachers educational material from the USAHEC collection, 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. Learn more about the Foundation at www.armyheritage.org.

USAHEC is dedicated to educating and preserving the legacy of the men and women who have served their 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

About Military Support Groups of America

Military Support Groups of America (MSGA) is a federation of America’s finest national organizations providing financial and emotional support for our Nation’s Soldiers, wounded warriors, and military families.  All MSGA agencies are screened annually to ensure that they meet the highest standards of substantive program services, management, and fiscal responsibility. 

About the Combined Federal Campaign

The mission of CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.  CFC is the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with almost 200 CFC campaigns throughout the country and internationally raising millions of dollars each year.  Pledges made by Federal civilian, postal, and military donors during the campaign season (September 1st to December 15th) support eligible non-profit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world.

 

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Over this summer Samantha Weiss, a student intern from Elizabethtown College, explored the origins of NATO and its relevancy today.  Her assessment – NATO is not relevant today.  While NATO’s origins were based upon the Western Powers perception of the threat posed by the Soviet Union and the weakness of the United Nations; that perception is no longer valid.   Click here to see her argument. 

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The U.S. military forces are faced with ever changing threats as the community of nations moves further from the post-Cold War world.  At 7:15 PM on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania will present the first lecture in the 47th Annual Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series.  Dr. Jack Jarmon will present a lecture entitled, “The New Era in U.S. National Security: Changing Technological Patterns of Geopolitical and Economic Competition from the Industrial Age to the Information Age.”  The talk will look at the new types of battlefields impacting U.S. national security in the rise of the information age.  The lecture will connect a historical perspective of national security to Dr. Jarmon’s latest book, The New Era in U.S. National Security: Introduction to Emerging Threats and Challenges.

Scholar and author Dr. Jack Jarmon will discuss the need to bridge the gap between industrial age defense policies and the new complexities presented by the global reach of the information age.  Beginning by forming a historical perspective of Cold War politics, Dr. Jarmon will transition into the past decade of asymmetric warfare and technology’s impact on institutions and policy makers.  He will culminate the discussion by highlighting the cyber warfare threat of the crime-terrorist nexus as the latest emerging threat to U.S. national security.

Dr. Jack Jarmon started his career studying Soviet and Russian affairs at Fordham University and the Harriman Institute at Columbia University.  He is fluent in Russian and holds a doctorate degree in Global Affairs from Rutgers.  He taught international relations at the University of Pennsylvania, the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, and Rutgers University, where he was also Associate Director of the Command, Control, and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data.  He was the USAID technical advisor for the Russian government in the mid-1990s.  His private sector career includes global consultant firms, technology companies, financial institutions, and was the Director of Strategic Alliances at Nortel Networks, Brampton, Ontario.

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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Molly Guptill has a book coming out in December entitled, When Books Went to War, which tells how the War Department distributed over 140 million books (1300+ titles) to the men in the services during World War II.  It is being published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  

Her publisher is arranging a special feature on CBS Sunday Morning about WWII's Armed Services Editions and CBS would like to interview World War II veterans who recall reading these books while at war.  World War II veterans who might be willing to be interviewed (CBS will come to them, so location is not an issue). can contact Molly at whenbookswenttowar@gmail.com

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For years prior to the globe-shattering events of World War II, relations between Japan and China simmered until the brutal Japanese invasion in 1937.  Spanning eight years, the conflict catapulted China to prominence on the world stage as Chinese fighters helped to defeat the Imperial Japanese Army.  The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania is proud to present a lecture as part of the Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Series from Mr. Richard B. Frank entitled, “China in World War II: New History; New Perspectives for Today.”  Mr. Frank will use new scholarship to propose a nuanced account of the competitors for power within China and restore appreciation for the massive human and economic costs of the struggle.  The lecture will be in the USAHEC Visitor and Education Center at 7:15 PM on Thursday, August 7, 2014. 

As a U.S. Army Veteran and historian with expertise in the Pacific Theater, Mr. Frank will apply new evidence accumulated during his research for his upcoming Asia-Pacific War trilogy to shed light on the eight-year skirmish with Japan. The new information, uncovered by scholars in the past two decades, reshapes the conventional narrative of the “War of Resistance” as China’s role in World War II.  Mr. Frank’s lecture will address China’s participation in World War II, how that history influences Chinese views of the world, and how an understanding of China’s actual contributions during the war may help inform the United States’ current views of the country. 

Richard B. Frank is a 1969 graduate of the University of Missouri.  Following graduation, Mr. Frank spent four years in the United States Army, during which time he completed a tour of duty in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division.  He went on to graduate from Georgetown University Law Center in 1976.  In 1990, he published his first book, Guadalcanal, and completed his second work, Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire, in 1999. In 2007, he completed MacArthur, as part of the Palgrave Great Generals series.  Mr. Frank is the winner of both the William Greene Award and Harry S. Truman Book Award.  He is currently working on a narrative history trilogy about the Asia-Pacific War, 1937-1945.  

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, 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 U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, PA is excited to host the second annual Mysteries in Military History Day. Last year’s popular event helped visitors identify a variety of items including a family member’s uniforms from the Spanish-American War and a 1830’s Pennsylvania longrifle handed down through generations. Staff members are eager to continue the tradition of helping visitors understand the historical mysteries in their lives. USAHEC would like to help answer these questions and invites you to bring in your mysterious items pertaining to Army history, on Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Let the professionals help you begin your research into unknown items!

Upon entering the event, visitors will receive help from the USAHEC experts positioned at different stations; 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 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 717-245-3972.  Mysteries in Military History is open to the public and free to attend. The event will run from 10:00 AM to 2:00 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.

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Where is that document and why support the development of the Army’s archives at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC)?

Winston Churchill is quoted as saying that “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it."  His assertion is too some extent true unless some physical evidence exists that contradicts his memories of events.  History is not always a revelation of the truth, but what the historian is able to document and interpret.

Why reflect on this topic today?  Well, I was recently contacted by a retired senior officer who was looking for a key document written by a four-star commanding general of a major Army command.  He was trying to make a point about the Army of today and tomorrow and use the past to highlight a way ahead; to tell a story of past successes.

The document was written more than 35 years ago but it had to be somewhere. Right?  This memo was important as the Army recast itself at the end of the Vietnam War.  Was the document at the Army’s archives – the USAHEC – no.  Was it in the historian’s office affiliated with the major Army Command this four star commanded – not their either.  Was it held at other major Army archives and libraries - nope.  Where is this document?  No one seems to know.  Does it exist – maybe.

Why is that? Well, perhaps that senior leader never preserved any of his material, or if he did, it sits in his basement in boxes.  Perhaps like some, he was professionally doing his job and he believed nothing he accomplished was of such significance that he should make an effort to ensure it was preserved. Perhaps too, as the Army sought efficiencies, the records management capabilities of his command no longer effectively managed to cull, box, and forward documents to a record holding area or the historian’s office. 

With the advancement of digital media, the situation is only getting worse.  We can go back to various archives and find Civil War era letters or unit situation reports from WWII.  Is it perfect, no; but today – where is that report, that letter or that photo.  Hopefully, they are stored on some hard drive or server.  Maybe stored on some personal web page.  However, is the material available to historians or only to a select few?  How long will the materials be maintained and who will be responsible to migrate to newer operating systems?

Public law has designated the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania as the Army’s archives.  Hopefully, the facilities and the staff have the resources to grow the collection and to gather documents before they disappear, sit in someone’s basement never to be found, or get lost when some server crashes.

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center is sponsoring a new exhibit Veterans: The Paintings of Nina Talbot at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.  Nina is New York City artist who brings a special perspective to telling Soldiers’ stories and is the first civilian artist to have an exhibit at an Army Museum.  The exhibit’s public opening is on July 17 at 4:30 p.m. The opening ceremony is free and open to the public.

In her new series of paintings entitled Veterans, artist Nina Talbot paints unseen and rarely told personal stories of American veterans. The portraits reflect Soldiers and the wars they served in to create an image that shows how a Soldier’s identity becomes enmeshed with their wartime experience. Using translucent layers of paint, the artist portrays the Soldiers’ faces superimposed and surrounded with combat and landscape scenes, friends who never returned home, images of civilians, and scenes from Afghanistan, Iraq, Korea, Somalia, Vietnam, and European countries. Through this work, we see how Veterans’ identities become shaped and defined.  Elements of the paintings highlight the Veterans’ lives before and after deployment. This series of paintings highlight that to understand war; we must understand the experiences of the individual men and women who served.

This collection of work is a “visual oral history”, and allows the viewer to gain an appreciation of the lives of Veterans. The paintings convey the pressing need for a civilian understanding of the realities and experiences of Veterans from current and past generations. The paintings work to bridge the gap between civilian and military life so that the public can appreciate Veterans’ struggles and give proper recognition to our nation’s service men and women. Through images, voices, and writing, we learn of the kinship created when a Soldier puts their life on the line for fellow warriors and both the pride and struggles that follow Veterans throughout their lives. The paintings reveal how Veterans are permanently shaped by their service; in this way, a Veteran never stops being a Soldier.

Two Veterans that Nina’s paintings highlight will attend the opening ceremony.  Anthony Wallace served as an infantryman in Vietnam with the 1st Cavalry Division, and Sandra Rolon served as a military policeman in Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

 

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The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) is pleased to announce the Leadership in History awards committee of for American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) has selected the exhibit: A Great Civil War: Battles that Defined a Nation, 1863 for a 2014 AASLH Award of Merit. Each year, the American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) receives nominations for the leadership in history awards for exhibits, publications, and projects that represent achievement in history. They are among the nation's most prestigious awards.

A Great Civil War: Battles that Defined a Nation, 1863 is the story of people and identified Soldiers who fought and died in the critical year of the Civil War. The detailed experiences of fourteen Soldiers and thirty other military and civilian individuals are highlighted through their original artifacts, documents, and images presented in a high quality exhibit using historically outfitted mannequins, interactive elements, and traditional display methods. Visitors can see the War through their eyes and their words. The objective is to inspire and educate military personnel, veterans, and the nation about the Soldiers and battles of that very pivotal year in American history. 

The exhibit was developed, designed, and installed by the USAHEC/Museum team and draw on the rich collections of artifacts, archives, and photographs of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center and Military History Institute.

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Carlisle Area High School student Anna Biddle received the prestigious Chronicling America prize from the National Endowment for the Humanities at the 2014 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day contest.  Competing against more than 2,900 students, a team of judges determined that Anna made the best use of historic newspapers in her paper “Dr. Harvey W. Wiley and the Crusade for Safe Food”.  Additionally, the judges at the National History Day contest ranked her paper as the seventh best in the Nation in the senior division. 

National History Day is a year-long academic program proven to enhance student achievement and college and career readiness.  The internationally recognized program recently received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The National program is based in College Park, Maryland.  In Pennsylvania, National History Day is sponsored by the Army Heritage Center Foundation in Carlisle.

The theme for 2014 was Rights and Responsibility in History.  Students spent the past year researching and analyzing historical sources, drawing conclusions, and developing projects to demonstrate what they have learned about topics of their own choosing.  The projects fall into one of five categories:  video documentaries, exhibits, historical papers, dramatic performances, and website.  Approximately 12,000 Pennsylvania students participate in the program each year. Students may enter their projects in a series of local, regional, and state contests to qualify for the national contest. 

Biddle is one of fifteen students from Pennsylvania to place in the contest in their respective categories. The 2014 Pennsylvania Delegation to the National History Day contest consisted of 64 students selected for their outstanding achievement at the state contest which occurred in May. 

Other students who received recognition for their projects are:

5th Place, Senior Paper: Isabelle Schroeder

Natrona Heights, PA, St. Joseph High School

Teacher: Rosanne Pucciarelli

Entry - Matter, Morality, and Mud: Disaster at Johnstown

5th Place, Junior Individual Documentary: Bradley Kennedy

Belle Vernon, PA, Belle Vernon Area Middle School

Teacher: Ross Farmer

Entry - Rising from the Ashes: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

5th Place, Junior Individual Performance: Addie Best

Confluence, PA, Hidden Hills Homeschool

Teacher: Jody Best

Entry - Fishwives and the Rights of Man: From the Fall of the Bastille to the Storming of Versailles 

6th Place, Junior Individual Website: Faith Remich

New Kensington, PA, Mary Queen Of Apostles School

Teacher: Evelyn Quade

Entry - Nelson Mandela: Accepting Responsibility, Advocating Rights

7th Place, Senior Paper: Anna Biddle

Carlisle, PA, Carlisle High School

Teachers: Kevin Wagner and Delia Gongloff

Entry - Dr. Harvey W. Wiley and the Crusade for Safe Food

8th Place, Junior Group Performance: Lyndsay Stakem and Agatha Chmielewski

Harrisburg, PA, Holy Name Of Jesus School

Teacher: Christine Zeglen

Entry - The Johnstown Flood of 1889

10th Place, Junior Individual Exhibit: Charlie Bensinger

Kimberton, PA, St. Basil The Great School

Teacher: Andrew Shirker

Entry - The Amish: Schools of Our Own, First Amendment Rights Upheld

11th Place, Senior Individual Performance: Hannah Hakim

Allentown, PA, Parkland High School

Teacher: Calliope Volikas

Entry - Emily Warren Roebling: The Story Behind the Brooklyn Bridge

12th Place, Senior Individual Documantary:  Anna Gamarnik

Warrington, PA, Central Bucks High School South

Teacher: Ksenia Gamarnik

Entry - Andrei Sakharov: From Scientist to Human Rights Activist

12th Place, Junior Group Exhibit:  Nicole Boutanos and Madalyn Pabst

Kingston, PA, Wyoming Valley West Middle School

Teacher: Joann Petrone

Entry - Neglect of Child's Rights

13th Place, Senior Group Website:  Carmen Li, Kevin Liu, and Kevin Yang

Philadelphia, PA, Masterman High School

Teacher: Elana Solomon

Entry - Confronting Bombingham

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On June 19, 1942, Winston Churchill arrived in Washington D.C. to discuss the invasion of North Africa with President Roosevelt.  Those discussions would lead to the decision to invade Vichy controlled Morocco and Algiers and the elevation of General Dwight D. Eisenhower to command.  The invasion began on November 8, 1942.

Much about that operation is relevant today --

  • The decision mixed political with military considerations.
  • The President overrode the advice of his military advisors.
  • Significant mistrust of British intentions existed at the time. 

We seem to forget how challenging developing an appropriate military response can be and how military, political, economic, and diplomatic considerations all buffet the decision makers.

Want to read more?  Check out Chapter 7 by Leo J. Meyer in Command Decisions, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, 1960 or Arthur Funk, The Politics of TORCH: The Allied Landings and the Algiers Putsch, 1942, Lawrence, KS: U KS, 1974. 

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On Saturday, June 14th the Army will celebrates its 239th Birthday.  But is it the birthday of our U.S. Army?

What the Continental Congress stated that day was this:

“. . . six companies of expert riflemen, be immediately raised in Pen[n]sylvania, two in Maryland, and two in Virginia; that each company consist of a captain, three lieutenants, four serjeants, four corporals, a drummer or trumpeter, and sixty-eight privates.

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On this 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania made a couple exciting discoveries in Brigadier General (Retired) Arthur S. Nevins’ collection.

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), located in Carlisle, PA, are proud to announce that USAHEC was recently awarded TripAdvisor’s 2014 Certificate of Excellence and earned the top ranking for an attraction in the Carlisle community. 

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On June 5, 2014 at 1:00 p.m., the Army Heritage Center Foundation will host Dr. Brooke Blades for a D-Day legacy presentation at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. 

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation will host Central Pennsylvania’s second annual Army Birthday Dinner at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center on Saturday, June 21 to commemorate the U.S. Army’s 239th birthday. 

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On May 26, we will be partnering with Buffalo Wild Wings on the Carlisle Pike in Mechanicsburg for a fundraiser.

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