EXPANDED 6th Annual Reenactor Recruitment Day at the USAHEC will Highlight U.S. Army History - Free and Open to the Public!
Reenactor Recruitment Day is back and better than ever at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC)! Come join the USAHEC in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to experience the excitement of living history during the EXPANDED 6th Annual Reenactor Recruitment Day on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM in the USAHEC Visitor and Education Center. This free event is open to the public and is an annual favorite at the USAHEC. This year, it has been expanded to include even more reenactors! The event will feature over fifty different living history organizations and over four hundred reenactors from all periods of U.S. Army and world military history. The 6th Annual Reenactor Recruitment Day is not only a great outing for kids and history aficionados alike, it also serves as an opportunity for reenactors to meet with members of other living history organizations, as well as discuss living history with professional historians.
The EXPANDED 6th Annual Reenactor Recruitment Day will feature hundreds of living historians representing militaries spanning from seventeenth century pikemen, to the troops fighting in Desert Storm. Each reenactor will be in period dress and will have a table display where they will be available to answer any questions, introduce their equipment and materials, discuss their upcoming activities, and highlight the importance of reenacting as a way to keep history alive. We will even have reenactors portraying adversary militaries!
The 6th Annual Reenactor Recruitment Day is free and open to the public, including children of all ages. The main exhibit gallery, "The Soldier Experience," the Museum Store, and the Café Cumberland will be open. Additionally, the Café Cumberland will feature tasty lunch specials for this event on their menu. For more information, including directions and the event flyer, please visit the USAHEC website: www.USAHEC.org. For questions, please call: 717-245-3972.
Are you a reenacting group who is interested in registering a display? There are still a few spots left, so register today by clicking "Reenactor Registration" on the USAHEC homepage and filling out the form.
Perspectives in Military History Roundtable Lecture, "The Problem with Preemptive War: Soviet Mobilization Planning, 1938 - 1941," with Dr. Richard Harrison on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 7:15PM
In the spring of 1941, the Red Army high command sat poised to strike the German occupied Polish hinterland in a daring push to alter the course of the Second World War. Meanwhile, the German General Staff was likewise preparing for a blitzkrieg against the Russian western territories with the final prize of Moscow itself. The Russian commanders never carried out their plan to strike the Germans, however, and the German's treacherous onslaught sprang forth first, resulting in the devastation of much of western Russia and contributing to the final defeat of the Nazi regime. The plan to invade Poland, though never carried out, offers fascinating insight into Soviet military thinking at the highest levels in response to a rapidly changing political-military situation.
On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, Dr. Richard W. Harrison will give a lecture at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania based on his years of research on the Russian plan to invade Nazi-occupied Poland. He will break down the Russian plan and tie his conclusions to todays’ preemptive warfare theory. The lecture will open with a brief review of previous Soviet mobilization plans as they developed in 1938 and throughout World War II. The early plans were defensive in nature and tasked the Red Army, due to its slower pace of mobilization, to absorb the initial enemy attack, followed by a counterstroke to pulverize the Nazi menace. The idea of a massive counteroffensive gradually evolved into the preemptive attack plan of 1941, carrying the high command’s desire to push through southeastern Poland, followed by an advance into Germany. The lecture will examine the forces allotted for the preemptive attack, the route of their projected advance, and the interplay of personalities among the plan's authors and Stalin. Dr. Harrison will conclude with a discussion of the strategy's utility and the lingering consequences of some of its component parts during the first weeks of the war.
Dr. Richard W. Harrison received his Ph.D. in War Studies from King's College London in 1994. He spent several years studying and working in the Soviet Union and Russia, specializing in the development of the Red Army's military theory between the world wars. Dr. Harrison has written two books on this subject: The Russian Way of War: Operational Art, 1904-1940 (University Press of Kansas, 2001) and Architect of Soviet Victory in World War II: The Life and Theories of G.S. Isserson (McFarland & Co., 2010). He is also the translator and editor of several major studies of the Red Army's major operations during World War II.
Uncover Your Family's Military History at the USAHEC’s 6th Annual Military Genealogy Event!
As renowned poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning once said, "If we try to sink the past beneath our feet, be sure the future would not stand." That statement is especially true of military history, as the origins of the U.S. military and the efforts of generations of Soldiers all across our nation have played important roles in shaping the United States as it exists today. As the history of the U.S. Army is immense, it can often be challenging to track down pieces of your family's Army history. If you have found yourself in that position, then the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) may be of assistance! Join us for our 6th Annual Military Genealogy Event on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 10:30am. This event provides the perfect opportunity for you to receive help from the experts and further explore your own history through the Army records at the USAHEC!
You can start your journey of family discovery with a comprehensive presentation on genealogical research techniques by Mr. Marty Andresen. While the event will feature a basic background of genealogical research methods, the presentation itself will focus on discovering family history in the Army’s archive, and the numerous ways that you can conduct research in military history collections. The USAHEC Collection includes a great wealth of primary sources that range from in-depth photograph and manuscript collections, letters, diaries, newspapers, and even artwork, all of which can assist you in finding out more about your family’s past. The event is free and open to the public. Participants must RSVP by Friday, January 13, 2017, by calling 717-245-3218, or sending an email to email@example.com. This program kick’s off the USAHEC’s 2017 Winter History Series. The next event in the series is the 6th Annual USAHEC Re-enactor Recruitment Day, on Saturday, February 11, 2017. The USAHEC will also hold the “Military History through Paper Modeling” event on Saturday, April 1, 2017.
After the presentation, feel free to visit the USAHEC exhibits, including the Soldier Experience Gallery, the “Sleepless Nights” art exhibit, and the new World War I exhibit, entitled “Goodbye Broadway, Hello France.” You can also grab lunch at Café Cumberland from 10:00am to 2:00pm, or browse the book selection found at the museum bookstore. Parking is free, and the USAHEC facility is handicap accessible. For more information about the 6th Annual Military Genealogy Event and other events, please visit our website at www.USAHEC.org.
The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center is pleased to announce we now offer our military history lecture series as podcasts! You can now have the Perspectives in Military History and the Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Readings in Military History Lecture Series pushed to your smartphone or tablet each time a new lecture is available. Thousands of people across the world already enjoy these lectures via YouTube, but now you can take our lecturers and experts in military history with you, on your morning commute or if you need a little intellectual stimulation as you run that extra mile at the gym. Our podcast programs are already active; you can subscribe by searching "USAHEC" on your favorite podcast aggregator. We are already running on iTunes, Doggcatcher, Stitcher, BeyondPod, Podcast Republic, Podkicker, Podcast Addict, Castbox, and many more! And best of all, they are free to download!
Unfortunately, due to the forecasted weather for Saturday, December 17, 2016, we must postpone the Perspectives in Military History Roundtable event. "Abductions in the American Revolution," with Christian McBurney will be rescheduled for a later date. Information will be sent out as soon as a new date has been scheduled.
Thank you and sorry for an inconveniences this may have caused.
As dawn broke on the chilly, dank morning of December 13, 1776, General Charles Lee sat writing letters in his sleeping gown in his room at White's Tavern, three miles from where his shivering American army was camped in New Jersey. The quiet mists outside the inn broke around twenty-four horsemen slipping slowly off the road to surround General George Washington’s most trusted subordinate. Leading the raiding party, "Bloody" Banastre Tarleton motioned his green-coated Loyalist troopers to take the building, trapping the rebel general and kidnapping him for the British. General Lee’s sudden abduction was not a unique event during the American Revolution. On Saturday, December 17, 2016, at 2:00 PM, Mr. Christian McBurney will lead a roundtable lecture event outlining the tactical and strategic implications of the wide-spread efforts to capture both American and British leaders. His formal presentation will be followed by a discussion with two other Revolutionary War scholars, bringing the conversation full-circle by connecting kidnapping as a military option to other wars in U.S. Army history, including Iraq and Afghanistan.
Christian McBurney is an independent scholar from Kingston, Rhode Island, and a graduate of Brown University in 1981. He earned his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from New York University in 1985, and now serves as an attorney in Washington, DC. Throughout his legal career, Mr. McBurney has continued his research and study into American military history. He is an accomplished speaker, appearing at the National Archives, the Naval War College Museum, the Society of Cincinnati, and numerous American Revolution historical organizations on the east coast. Mr. McBurney is also a widely published author on the topic of special operations and Revolutionary War era spies. His books include Kidnapping the Enemy: The Special Operations to Capture Generals Charles Lee & Richard Prescott (Westholme, 2014), The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation in the Revolutionary War (Westholme, 2011), Spies in Revolutionary Rhode Island (History Press, 2014), and most recently, Abductions in the American Revolution: Attempts to Kidnap George Washington, Benedict Arnold and Other Military and Civilian Leaders.
The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) exhibits and research facilities will operate on a modified schedule during the December holiday period (Monday, December 19, 2016 through Monday, January 2, 2017). The adapted hours are as follows:
Monday, December 19 - Exhibits open 10:00am-5:00pm, Research by Appointment Only
Tuesday, December 20 - Exhibits open 10:00am-5:00pm, Research by Appointment Only
Wednesday, December 21 – Exhibits open 10:00am-5:00pm, Research by Appointment Only
Thursday, December 22 – Exhibits open 10:00am-5:00pm, Research by Appointment Only
Friday, December 23 – Closed
Saturday, December 24 – Closed
Sunday, December 25 – Closed (Christmas Day)
Monday, December 26 – Closed (Christmas Day Federal Holiday Observance)
Tuesday, December 27 – Exhibits open 10:00am-5:00pm, Research by Appointment Only
Wednesday, December 28 – Exhibits open 10:00am-5:00pm, Research by Appointment Only
Thursday, December 29 – Exhibits open 10:00am-5:00pm, Research by Appointment Only
Friday, December 30 – Closed
Saturday, December 31 – Closed
Sunday, January 1 – Closed (New Year's Day)
Monday, January 2 – Closed (New Year's Day Federal Holiday Observance)
**The USAHEC will support researchers on December 19, 20, 21, 22 & 27, 28, 29 by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call either location by December 12: USAWC Library Ridgway Hall Location (717-245-3949) or USAWC Library Root Hall Location (717-245-3660).
The USAHEC will resume normal hours and operations on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. For questions about the modified holiday schedule, please call the USAHEC Information Desk: 717-245-3972.
Battlefield Death, Censored Imagery, and Home Front Morale in WWII with Dr. James Kimble, November 16, 2016 at 7:15PM
On September 20, 1943, George Strock's famous Buna Beach photograph brought battlefield death to the pages of Life Magazine, representing the home front's first "official" glimpse of the hideous face of death in World War II. In reality, the photograph was months behind other efforts to show the reality of death on the far-away battlefields of the Pacific to the American public. Earlier in 1943, the Office of Civilian Defense (OCD) embarked on a campaign to convince Americans at home to make greater sacrifices in support of the war effort. Though officially censored, the OCD campaign included depictions of dead or dying Soldiers in their push. On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Dr. James J. Kimble of Seton Hall University, will give a lecture at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to place the OCD’s efforts in the context of the U.S. government’s fervent censorship of American servicemen’s death on the battlefield. Since the imagery of death was officially censored at that point in the conflict, the campaign became a defining moment for the emotional involvement of civilians in what had been, for many, a distant war. Dr. Kimble will reveal vital connections between the home front and the battlefront, and critique the Roosevelt Administration's handling of the war's most gruesome propaganda.
Dr. James J. Kimble is Associate Professor of Communication & the Arts at Seton Hall University and, in early 2016, a Fulbright Scholar at Croatia's University of Rijeka. Dr. Kimble earned his PhD from the University of Maryland, and researches domestic propaganda, war rhetoric, and visual imagery. He is the author of Mobilizing the Home Front: War Bonds and Domestic Propaganda (2006), and Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II (2014), as well as the writer and co-producer of the feature documentary, Scrappers: How the Heartland Won World War II. Professor Kimble is a Distinguished Honor Graduate of the U.S. Army's Chaplain Center and School and was a Senior Fellow at the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies. He has been recognized by the National Communication Association with the Gerald R. Miller Award and the Karl R. Wallace Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Discourse. His newest book project (co-edited with Trischa Goodnow) is called, The 10¢ War: Comic Books, Propaganda, and World War II, due to be published in early 2017.
WARNING: This lecture will contain graphic images of war-time death, including bodies of American Servicemen during World War II, and may be unsuitable for some audiences. Please carefully consider your attendance.
The rhythmic thumping of drums coupled with the shouts and whirls of brightly dressed dancers are key components in Native American culture past and present. Having the privilege of watching a demonstration of various dances, once reserved only for tribal members, provides visitors an opportunity to better understand the traditions and heritage of Native Americans. As part of Native American Heritage Month this November, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is excited to welcome performers from the Red Blanket Drum and Dance Troop on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 7:00PM. These traditional Native American dancers will demonstrate ceremonial and social dancing techniques passed down from their ancestors for centuries. The demonstration will include authentic dress, free-style movements, and sacred songs, enhanced by the deep base of drums and coupled with examples of indigenous vocals, and flute music.
Each tribe maintains traditions and culture through many distinct styles of dance. There are dances and songs for courtship, for community events, and even for war. The Red Blanket dancers passionately devote themselves to keeping their peoples' traditions alive. The Red Blanket mission is to "provide educational programs through dance and song and to promote Native American awareness."
This event is open to the public and FREE to attend. The presentation begins at 7:00PM and will conclude around 8:30PM. For directions, more information, and a complete schedule of USAHEC events, please visit: www.usahec.org or call: 717-245-3972.
Iraq War Veteran and Dancing with the Stars Celebrity to Speak at USAHEC Veterans Day Celebration
When Noah Galloway enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2001 and was sent to Iraq, he accepted the fact he might never make it home. He wasn't, however, prepared to make it back to the U.S. severely injured. Noah Galloway, an Iraq War Veteran, has a life story of perseverance, beginning with his near-death experience on the battlefield, and continuing through overcoming addictions and depression, becoming an actor and men’s fitness personality, and eventually, participating in Dancing with the Stars. Galloway’s transformation is nothing short of astounding, as he overcame painstaking struggles to be where he is today, as a motivational speaker and fitness expert. On Wednesday, November 9, 2016, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) welcomes Mr. Galloway as the keynote speaker for "This We’ll Defend: The Army’s Infantry Through the Ages" program, from 7:15PM to 8:15PM.
After the events of 9/11, Galloway enlisted in the U.S. Army. He eventually attained the rank of sergeant and was assigned to the 1st Battalion of the 502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, during the timeframe of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During Galloway’s second deployment in 2005, he was severely wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Yusafiah, Iraq. He lost his left arm above the elbow and his left leg above the knee. His right jaw and leg were also critically injured, with the former having to be wired shut for a short time. After receiving initial treatment in Germany, Galloway was flown to the United States to continue his recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Following his rehabilitation, Galloway suffered a period of depression and addiction, but found motivation by rediscovering his passion for fitness. With a goal of inspiring others to be healthier, he transitioned into the role of teacher, becoming a personal trainer.
Galloway’s arduous journey during his time in the military and on his long road to recovery has inspired many people, as his story of survival is one in which people all over the world find hope. His experiences led him to become a motivational speaker, addressing audiences with his message of “no excuses.” Galloway’s time in the spotlight didn’t stop there, as he was selected to be a contestant on the 20th season of Dancing with the Stars in 2015. Currently, he is a coach on the TV series True Grit.
Noah Galloway is scheduled to appear at the USAHEC’s Veterans Day celebration on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 7:15PM, as a part of the program, “This We’ll Defend: The Army’s Infantry Through the Ages.” Galloway will give a presentation discussing his service in the U.S. Army, how his life changed after sustaining injuries in combat, and the nature of Soldiers and their sacrifices. Galloway’s presentation is the second half of the Veterans Day program. The first part begins at 11:00AM, when three centuries of the development of infantrymen will be explored. Reenactors depicting Soldiers of the past and Soldiers from the Pennsylvania National Guard will talk about the life of an infantryman, and also display items Soldiers would have used during their respective eras of combat.
Are you a military historian, student, professor, or professional working on a book, monograph, scholarly article, thesis or dissertation focused on Military History? The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, PA invites you to apply for the General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgway Military History Research Grant Program!
The Ridgway Family Endowment provides funding to the U.S. Army Military History Institute (USAMHI), a component of the USAHEC. The intent of the program is to support on-site research at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on subjects that are of enduring or emerging value to the history of the Army and are well-supported by the Institute's holdings.
Who May Apply: Anyone actively engaged in the study of military history may apply, to include research as part of a masters or doctorate program in military history (or a related field) or research toward a book, monograph, or scholarly article. The selection committee interprets "military history" in the broadest sense.
How to Apply: Submit applications to the Chair, Ridgway Grant Committee, U.S. Army Military History Institute, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013-5021, or electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications should include the required items listed below. Additional materials, also listed below, that will assist the committee in evaluating the application may also be submitted.
When to Apply: Applications are due to the committee by 31 December. Electronic applications dispatched after 31 December or mailed applications postmarked after 31 December will be considered the following year.
Selection/Timeline: The Ridgway Committee consists of current or former members of the U.S. Army Military History Institute, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, or the U.S. Army War College appointed by the Director, U.S. Army Military History Institute. The committee will recommend a slate of recipients to the Ridgway Endowment Fund Board of Governors by 15 February with the aim of a final announcement of recipients by 1 March.
Required Grant Application Items (must be dispatched by 31 December): •Name, contact information •Objective of the proposed research •Status of research to date •Summary of USAHEC holdings most likely to support proposed research
Suggested Additional Application Items: •Writing samples, articles or monographs •Letters of recommendation (for those enrolled in degree programs)
Link to online application: http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec/documents/2015%20Ridgway%20Grant%20Application%20Form.pdf
"The Psycho Boys of Camp Sharpe," with Dr. Beverley Eddy on November 3, 2016 at 7:15PM
As World War II expanded into the largest conflagration the earth had ever seen, the U.S. Army realized the need for specialized psychological warfare tactics. The job description was extensive: "prisoner and civilian interrogation, broadcasting, loudspeaker appeals, leaflet and newspapers production, broadcasting, and technical support." The mission was intense: weaken the morale of the Third Reich and then help Germany transition to an era free from Nazi oppression. The American Soldiers selected to man the Army's “Mobile Broadcasting Companies,” during the Second World War, however, were uniquely qualified to fight on a different battlefield from their rifle-bearing brethren - a war of hearts, minds, and intelligence. From their training at Camp Sharpe in Pennsylvania, the “Psycho Boys” worked in secret to undermine Nazi propaganda and provide American Forces in combat with another weapon to destroy the fascist juggernaut. On Thursday, November 3, 2016, Dr. Beverley Eddy of Dickinson College will present a lecture based on her book, Camp Sharpe’s “Psycho Boys”: From Gettysburg to Germany, at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. She will follow five of the German refugees-turned-American Soldiers from the time they joined the Mobile Radio Broadcasting Companies at Camp Sharpe, to D-Day and the fight for Europe, through the liberation of the concentration camps. She will explore how the Psycho Boys’ nerve and inventiveness led to the desertion of thousands of German troops, and how the Psycho Boys played a vital role as mediators between the American and German forces as the war ground to an end.
Dr. Beverley Eddy is Professor Emerita of German at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She has authored numerous books, as well as other works, including Camp Sharpe’s “Psycho Boys”: From Gettysburg to Germany, and Abbeys, Ghosts, and Castles: A Guide to the Folk History of the Middle Rhine. Dr. Eddy holds a Bachelors of Arts in Speech and Theatre from the College of Wooster, Ohio, and graduated from Indiana University with both a Masters of Arts in German Literature and a Ph.D. in German Literature, Linguistics, and Scandinavian Literature. She also has courses in Norwegian at the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe-Universität in Germany and the Universitetet i Oslo in Norway.
Perspectives in Military History Lecture, "INVASION: The Conquest of Serbia, 1915" with Dr. Richard DiNardo on October 19, 2016 at 7:15PM
In the late summer of 1915, the German military powerhouse turned from the growing stalemate on the western front of World War I to a new objective: the conquest of Serbia's mountainous and treacherous terrain to open a corridor to the Ottoman Empire. The fight for Serbia represented a "proto-blitzkrieg," showcasing every technological advancement the German juggernaut had at its disposal. Dr. Richard DiNardo will give a lecture at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center based on his book, Invasion: The Conquest of Serbia, 1915, in an effort to dissect the German push into the tiny country. He will describe the difficult terrain, the horrendous weather, and the brutal combat of the campaign. Dr. DiNardo will also examine the military innovations on which the Germans capitalized to subdue their eastern enemies. Previously overlooked by historians, these innovations were integral to the future of modern warfare: telephones, railroads, extensive use of aircraft, heavy artillery, coalition warfare, and continued development of the famed German general staff.
Richard L. DiNardo is Professor for National Security Affairs at the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College at Quantico, Virginia. He obtained a Bachelors of Arts in History in 1979 from Bernard Baruch College, part of the City University of New York (CUNY). DiNardo then attended the Graduate School and University Center of CUNY, receiving his Masters of Philosophy and his Ph.D. degrees in History in 1985 and 1988, respectively. DiNardo assumed his present position with the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in January 1998, and has an extensive record of publication. He has authored, co-authored or co-edited seven books on topics ranging from German military history, to the American Civil War, to the Royal Navy in the age of sail. His most recent work, Invasion: The Conquest of Serbia, 1915, published by Praeger, appeared in 2015 following his previous book, Breakthrough: The Gorlice-Tarnow Campaign, 1915, also published by Praeger, in 2010. One of DiNardo’s earlier publications, Germany and the Axis Powers: From Coalition to Collapse, published by the University of Kansas Press in 2005, is part of the required reading in a course on coalition warfare at the Air War College. Aside from books, he also has published an extensive number of articles on a variety of topics in scholarly journals and professional military publications.
Army Heritage Center Foundation to Present Apron Strings
On October 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm, the Army Heritage Center Foundation will host the one-act play Apron Strings by Catherine Ladnier. The showing will occur in the Visitor and Education Center at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. The performance is free and open to the public.
Apron Strings chronicles the tumultuous years of WWII through the eyes of Eva Lee, her brother LT William Brown, and his wife, Mae, based on Bill's and Mae's letters to Eva written between 1939 and 1945.
LT Brown served in the China-India-Burma Theater and was a survivor of the HMT Rohna sinking in 1943, more than 1,000 servicemen died. The disaster was classified by the American and British government for 51 years.
Catherine Ladnier is a playwright who had no idea about her families’ contributions to World War II. After her mother, Eva Lee, passed away, Ladnier had to go through personal items. She discovered hundreds of letters, photographs, newspaper clippings, postcards, war ration books, telegrams, and a myriad of other mementos from World War II. She used these to create Apron Strings and share the story of one family’s experience.
About the Foundation and the 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 (USAHEC) — 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 USAHEC. 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 Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center in 2010. This project provided the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus its first major gallery and multipurpose rooms to host educational programs and special events. In 2013, the Foundation funded infrastructure improvements to include parking and storm water management systems to support future construction. The Foundation is currently funding an expansion of the Visitor and Education Center that will add an additional gallery and multipurpose room to meet growing demand.
The Foundation will continue to seek grants and donations to complete the Visitor and Education Center and the Army Heritage Center and to create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program includes management of the National History Day in Pennsylvania competition and workshops and seminars that complement USAHEC’s programs and exhibits.
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.
Perspectives in Military History, "American Warlords" with Mr. Jonathan W. Jordan, September 21, 2016 at 7:15PM
With the outbreak of the greatest war the world had ever seen, American Soldiers and the war-fighting materials supporting them spread slowly over the face of the planet, waging a total war, involving not only the hard-fighting men on the front lines, but also the industrial might of the United States. American strategic decision-makers during World War II directed everything from the operations of the massive assembly lines turning out tanks, aircraft, and artillery shells to the boots on the ground. A handful of men made these decisions, forced to balance politics and economics against military necessity. On Wednesday, September 21, 2016, author Jonathan W. Jordan will give a lecture showing how personality, politics, and the professional backgrounds of America's top leaders shaped the grand strategy in mankind's greatest military conflict. Focusing on the four main subjects of his book, American Warlords, - a liberal Democrat, a conservative Republican, a bipartisan general, and an apolitical admiral - Jordan will describe how decision-makers of the United States’ high command set aside fundamental differences and pulled together when their country needed them most.
As the Second World War turned into a total war, President Franklin D. Roosevelt found his ability to expertly deal with Congress and the press did not translate into running a conflict on such a grand scale. He turned to his high command, a three-sided team in constant, but effective, conflict with each other and all of the Allies’ powerful players. The team included Secretary of War Henry Stimson, whose forward thinking pushed new weapons and industry, General George C. Marshal, who built the Army that saved the world, and Admiral Ernest J. King, who handled the Japanese, General MacArthur, and the British to conduct a campaign in the Pacific which resulted in unconditional victory. The triumvirate was by no means without conflict: Soldiers and politicians clashed as the Army and Navy learned to work together. Despite the trials, the team set aside personal, political, and professional differences to lead America and the Allies through four years of bitter, unrelenting warfare and ultimately, to victory.
Jonathan W. Jordan is the author of American Warlords: How Roosevelt's High Command Led America to Victory in World War II, the New York Times bestseller Brothers, Rivals, Victors: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley and the Partnership that Drove the Allied Conquest in Europe, and the award-winning book Lone Star Navy: Texas, the Fight for the Gulf of Mexico, and the Shaping of the American West. His writing has appeared in World War II magazine, Armchair General, Military History, World War II History, and MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History.
A Full Day of Military History Fun at the USAHEC!
On Saturday, August 20, 2016, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) is hosting a day full of military history, featuring two special events! The fun begins with the 4th Annual Mysteries in Military History event at 10:30AM and concludes with the new Perspectives in Military History Roundtable, from 2:00 PM-5:00 PM, featuring the presentation "George Washington's Strategic Vision for Winning the Revolutionary War," by editor-in-chief of the Washington Papers, Dr. Edward Lengel.
Have you ever wondered about the weird military-looking widget that belonged to your granddad? Maybe you have letters from a Civil War Soldier and you want to know the best way to preserve them. Our panel of historical experts help you learn more during the Mysteries in Military History Event. Upon entering the event, visitors will be directed to different stations where military historians, archivists, museum curators, and conservators can identify unknown items; answer preservation questions about personal historic artifacts, such as photographs, manuscripts, books, uniforms, or weapons; help visitors understand family genealogy highlighting military service; offer advice on the conservation of historical materials and even provide research tips for working with archival and library items. It is important to note USAHEC staff are prohibited from placing a value on items and cannot conduct appraisals. Please know 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 to attend the event with any weapon must call prior to arrival to arrange a safety check. Explosive devices, ammunition, munitions, and containers for munitions will not be allowed at the event. If you are unsure if an item is safe to bring, please call: 717-245-4427.
After you solve some of your family’s military history mysteries, stay to kick off the 50th year of the Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series, featuring Dr. Edward Lengel and his talk entitled, “George Washington’s Strategic Vision for Winning the Revolutionary War.” Over the past five decades, this program has featured renowned Army leaders, veterans, and military historians from around the world, including Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Tony Vaccaro, Joseph Galloway, Colonel (Ret.) Peter R. Mansoor, and General (Ret.) Gordon R. Sullivan. To celebrate this important milestone, the USAHEC is changing things up for the 2016-2017 series. Quarterly, the lecture dates will shift from Wednesday evening to Saturday afternoon and will feature a roundtable discussion with several notable historians. During the inaugural Perspectives in Military History Roundtable Event, Dr. Lengel, from the University of Virginia, will host a discussion about why, at the outset of the Revolutionary War, experienced combat officer General George Washington took command of a disheveled army of militiamen and how he implemented his strategic plan for their victory over a global superpower.
Mysteries in Military History begins at 10:30AM, and “George Washington’s Strategic Vision for Winning the Revolutionary War” begins at 2:00PM. Both events occur in the USAHEC Multipurpose Rooms on Saturday, August 20, 2016. As always, the USAHEC’s exhibits, to include “Treasures of the USAHEC,” and the Soldier Experience Gallery will be open. Don’t forget to grab lunch at the Café Cumberland from 10:00AM-2:00PM, and feel free to browse the Museum Store. Parking is free and the USAHEC facility is handicapped accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please call 717- 245-3972 or visit the website: http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec/index.cfm.
"Ar'n't I a woman?" Sojourner Truth's Fight for Equality
"Dat man over dar say dat woman needs to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches. . . . Nobody eber helps me into carriages, or ober mud-puddles . . . and ar'n't I a woman?" Sojourner Truth, 1851
Sojourner Truth spoke these words at the Akron, Ohio Women's Rights Conference in 1851. Originally known as Isabella, Truth transformed herself from a domestic slave into a preacher, whose words of empowerment inspired people all over the world, and continue to today. Her fierce and fiery personality, her powerful physique, and her hope and strength, set her apart as she addressed listeners about her passion for equality. Truth became a national symbol for strong African-American women - for all strong women.
On August 18, 1920, women won the right to vote and to hold elective office with the ratification of the 19th Amendment. The American Women’s Suffrage Movement stands as a lasting affirmation of our country’s democratic promise. It re-emphasized the importance of the most fundamental democratic values: the right to vote, and the possibility of peaceful, yet revolutionary, political change. In 1971, Congress enacted Women’s Equality Day. The observance of Women’s Equality Day celebrates the passage of the 19th Amendment, and also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality.
The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center is pleased to announce a Women’s Equality Day commemoration event, featuring Dr. Daisy Nelson Century, as she presents a living history portrayal of Sojourner Truth. The event begins at 1:00 pm on Friday, August 26, 2016 and is open to the public and free to attend. Dr. Century is a historical reenactor, and has traveled across the United States, portraying many historical figures to include Harriet Tubman, Mary Fields, Phyllis Wheatley, Bessie Coleman, and Hatshepsut, the longest reigning female pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. Dr. Century currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is a middle school science teacher.
Come celebrate Women’s Equality Day at the USAHEC to learn more about the life and impact of Sojourner Truth! As always, the USAHEC’s exhibits, to include the "Treasures of the USAHEC" and the Soldier Experience Gallery, will be open. Don’t forget to grab lunch at Café Cumberland from 10:00am to 2:00pm, and feel free to browse the Museum Store. Parking is free and the USAHEC facility is handicapped accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please call: 717-245-3972 or visit the website: www.USAHEC.org.
History Experts Will Help You Understand Your Military History Items at 4th Annual Mysteries in Military History Event
Behind locked doors at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), staff members work diligently to collect, preserve, and exhibit historical items depicting the dedication and sacrifices of America's Soldiers and Veterans. Research, time, and institutional knowledge help these devoted historians and museum professionals weave together the pieces of each Soldier Story, which tell the Army’s history throughout the Center’s displays. Once a year, the USAHEC invites the public to bring their puzzling, U.S. Army/military-related items to these experts, who can provide initial research support, help identifying items, and assistance solving mysteries in family history. Join the USAHEC for the 4th Annual Mysteries in Military History Event on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM and let the professionals help you begin your military history research!
While the USAHEC’s library and archive is always free and open to the public for research, on August 20, our curators, conservators, archivists, and librarians will be available to help visitors dig a little bit deeper into the story behind their artifacts, documents, or the experts may even suggest how to care for family heirlooms in the attic or basement. Upon entering the event, visitors will be directed to different stations where military history, curatorial, and conservation experts can: identify unknown items; answer preservation questions about personal historic artifacts, such as photographs, manuscripts, books, uniforms, weapons, etc.; help visitors understand family genealogy highlighting military service; offer advice on the conservation of historical materials; provide research tips for working with archival and library items. It is important to note, USAHEC staff are prohibited from placing a value on items and therefore, will not conduct appraisals.
Please know 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. Visitors 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 if 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 the USAHEC Multipurpose Room. Parking is free, and both the Café Cumberland and the Museum Store will be open. For further information, please visit our website: http://www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec or call: 717-245-4427.
Brooks E. Kleber Lecture: "Fearlful Odds: A Memoir of Vietnam and Its Aftermath," with Mr. Charles Newhall IIII, Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 7:15 PM
Deep in the A Shau Valley of Vietnam, a routine mission for veteran U.S. Army troops turned into a botched operation with combat casualties, due to poor leadership in the chain of command. A firefight with North Vietnamese troops erupted from communication errors and leader confusion, and at the center, was a young Army officer, groomed for command and assigned to lead the doomed platoon on its fateful reconnaissance mission. The young officer and his band of survivors have since lived with the graphic memories of the action and the grueling months that followed, resulting in a lifetime of severe trauma, guilt, grief, and anger. Mr. Chuck Newhall will present a lecture based on his experiences as that young officer, and the years after, as part of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center's Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Lecture Series. The presentation will be based on his memoir, Fearful Odds: A Memoir of Vietnam and Its Aftermath.
After decades of experience managing the long-term effects of trauma and with the support of his family, Mr. Chuck Newhall has successfully come to terms with his past and the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Mr. Newhall’s story is one of perseverance in the face of insurmountable odds and offers a guiding hand to others who are facing challenges on the battlefield, in the boardroom, or back at home.
Mr. Charles W. "Chuck" Newhall III served in Vietnam as commander of an independent infantry platoon, earning decorations including the Silver Star, Bronze Star V (1st OLC), and Purple Heart. After his tour in Southeast Asia, he earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and an honors degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Newhall is the co-founder of New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and has been instrumental in financing the dramatic changes in the health care and pharmaceutical/biotechnology industries. Mr. Newhall is currently working in an advisory capacity for Greensprings Associates, writing and travelling extensively for continuing education.
DATE: Thursday, August 4, 2016
TIME: Doors open at 6:30 PM and the talk begins at 7:15 PM. The question period concludes around 8:30 PM.
PLACE: USAHEC, Visitor and Education Center, Multipurpose Rooms
Temporary Closure of the USAHEC Art Gallery
Perspectives in Military History Lecture: "The Leadership of African American General Officers"
Since the Vietnam War, the U.S. Army has seen numerous African American Generals rise through the ranks and take the fore in leading our fighting men and women. The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center is proud to present a lecture from Dr. Jimmie Jones, former U.S. Army officer and author of the new book, Shock and Awe: An Introduction to African American Army Generals (1968-1992), as part of the Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series. The lecture, studded with names such as Major General Frederic E. Davison, General Roscoe Robinson Jr., and General Colin L. Powell, will include a detailed discussion of prominent contributions African American general officers have made to the Army. These officers forged the way towards a truly professional fighting force by combining unmatched leadership with a steady progression of race equality and equal rights in the Post-Vietnam War Army.
The officers Dr. Jones will discuss developed their leadership styles in the 1960's and 70’s when turbulent and violent racial tensions in the United States were a very real threat to the stability of the U.S. Army. These officers’ leadership practices demonstrated their resolve to accomplish their mission, while simultaneously advancing racial equality in the service. Failure was never an option; these Soldiers steadfastly believed they had to be the best in order to be considered successful.
Dr. Jimmie Jones is a retired U.S. Army colonel and author of the recently published book Shock and Awe: An Introduction to African American Army Generals (1968-1992). His 26 years as an Air Defense Artillery officer led to his command of an Air Defense Artillery Patriot Missile Battalion, after which he continued his career as an assignment and professional development officer in the Army Military Personnel Center. Dr. Jones was the Personnel Director for the Army National Guard, followed by a career in education, including positions as a college professor and a school principal. Dr. Jones earned the NCAACP’s Wilkins Meritorious Service Award in 2003, after which the City of Las Vegas proclaimed April 6, 2006 be recognized as "Dr. Jimmie Jones Day." Dr. Jones earned degrees from several institutions, which include a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Master’s degree in Counseling, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.
"Killing Jeff Davis: Bungled Raids and Murder During the Civil War," Roundtable Event, Saturday, June 25, 2016
In 1864, Brigadier General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick led his Union cavalrymen on an ambitious assault of the Confederate capital at Richmond, Virginia, with the help of Colonel Ulrich Dahlgren. Kilpatrick and Dahlgren split forces after crossing the Rappahannock River, resulting in a devastating Confederate ambush and Dahlgren's murder. On Saturday, June 25, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), Dr. Bruce Venter, author of Kill Jeff Davis: The Union Raid on Richmond, 1864, will give a lecture and hold a roundtable discussion about the raid, giving the minute-by-minute details surrounding Dahlgren’s rumored mission to assassinate the Confederate President.
The Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid was an attempt to free Federal prisoners of war and to spread word of President Abraham Lincoln’s "Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction." Allegedly, Dahlgren was found carrying papers with instructions to burn Richmond, kill Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and decimate his administration. It is not clear who these orders came from, or if these orders were accurate, but some scholars say they were forged by Confederates. Nevertheless, the raid was a Union failure and ended in Confederate victory. Venter’s book focusses on the controversies and debates surrounding the American Civil War’s Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid. This roundtable event will cover, in detail, the Raid’s poor execution, the veracity of newly discovered documents, myths, and misperceptions, all with the input from a panel of Civil War experts.
Dr. Bruce M. Venter is the 1st Vice-President of Goochland County Historical Society and CEO of America’s History, LLC. He is a past president of the Richmond Civil War Round Table and spent 36 years in public education, mostly as a superintendent. He earned his B.A. in history from Manhattan College, followed by a master’s in public administration and a doctorate in educational administration from the University at Albany-SUNY. His articles have been published in Blue and Gray, Civil War, Patriots of the American Revolution, Goochland County Historical Society Magazine, and the Washington Times.
All USAHEC lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend. Doors to the Visitor and Education Center open at 10:00 AM, and the roundtable begins at 2:00 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.
Discover Your Genealogy: Twentieth Century Military Records!
On November 11, 1918, world leaders signed an armistice ending one of the bloodiest conflicts in human memory. Like other major military events in the twentieth century, this moment has been immortalized in popular culture, but there's more to this story, and it is in the letters, diaries, and journals of Soldiers, and the U.S. Army’s records. Did you know these items can be the key to unlocking your family’s history and can be found at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania? On Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 10:30am, the USAHEC invites you to join us for our annual Genealogy Workshop, which includes a presentation and hands-on workshop about using the USAHEC Collection to discover genealogy through twentieth century military records.
The winter history program will feature an in-depth presentation by esteemed researcher and USAHEC Collection expert, Mr. Marty Andresen. A hands-on workshop will follow the presentation, focusing on how to begin researching your family’s history using World War I and World War II records from the USAHEC Collection. These records include a multitude of primary sources, such as unit histories and records, photograph collections, newspapers, and numerous manuscript collections. While this event focuses on twentieth century records, it is perfect for genealogists, researchers, and students of all experience levels and periods of interest.
The "Twentieth Century Military Records and Genealogy" event begins at 10:30am on Saturday, June 18, 2016 and is open to the public and free to attend. Participants must register by Friday, June 15th to attend the event and can do so by calling: 717-245-4427 or sending an email to: email@example.com.
The USAHEC’s exhibits, to include the “Cook Pot and Palette” art exhibit, “Treasures of the USAHEC,” and the Soldier Experience Gallery, will be open. Don’t forget to grab lunch at Café Cumberland from 10:00am to 2:00pm, 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.
Special Event: "Mighty Moms of Walter Reed" Presentation and Panel Discussion
In the blink of an eye, their lives changed forever. On Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 2:00pm, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) invites you to meet the extraordinary individuals known as the "Wounded Warriors and Mighty Moms of Walter Reed," as they tell their moving stories of service to their country, to their children, and to each other.
This presentation and panel discussion features several of the Mighty Moms and a few of the Soldiers introduced in the book, Unbreakable Bonds: the Wounded Warriors and Mighty Moms of Walter Reed. The authors, Dava Guerin and Kevin Ferris, wrote their book after visiting several of these families at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as volunteers. Hearing the experiences of the brave men and women who were wounded while serving their country, and the families who cared for them after their return home inspired Ms. Guerin and Mr. Ferris to share these amazing stories of service, sacrifice, and resilience.
The presentation “Unbreakable Bonds: The Mighty Moms of Walter Reed,” begins at 2:00pm on Saturday, June 11, 2016. The presentation is open to the public and free to attend.
CHINA VS VIETNAM, 1979, CONTINUING IMPLICATIONS - LECTURE AT THE USAHEC
Did you know there was a second War in Vietnam, after cessation of hostilities with America in 1975? Despite a long history of alliance against France and the United States, China launched a so-called "punitive war" against Vietnam on February 17, 1979. As a result, the two countries remained hostile, fighting along their borders for over a decade. The history of the conflict is seldom studied due to the lack of access to official records in both countries. At 7:15 PM on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, Dr. Xiaoming Zhang of the Department of Strategy at the Air War College will give a lecture entitled, “What Can We Learn from the China-Vietnam War?” at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Drawing upon newly available Chinese sources, the lecture will be based on Dr. Zhang's new book, Deng Xiaoping’s Long War: The Military Conflict between China and Vietnam, 1979-1991. The text attempts to address the question of why these two countries went to war against each other after many years of “brother plus comrade” relations. It retraces the thirteen years of hostility between China and Vietnam, arguing that the intimate, two-decade relationship was far more fragile than it appeared. Dr. Zhang’s talk will cover how China made the decision to go to war against Vietnam, and how their decision affects security in the region today.
Dr. Xiaoming Zhang is professor in the Department of Strategy at the Air War College, teaching strategy and subjects on China and East Asia. He earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in history from the University of Iowa in 1994, and taught at Texas Tech University and Texas A&M International University, prior to joining the Air War College. Dr. Zhang is the author of over twenty articles and chapters on Chinese military involvement in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and Sino-Soviet relations during these conflicts. His writings have appeared in China Quarterly, Journal of Cold War Studies, The Journal of Conflict Studies, Security Studies, and The Journal of Military History. The Society for Military History has twice selected him to receive the Moncado Prize for excellence in the writing of military history. His current research focuses on America’s and China’s South China Sea policy from a historical perspective.
All USAHEC lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend. Doors to the Visitor and Education Center open at 6:30 p.m., and the lecture begins 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.
Army Heritage Days -- Rain or Shine!
Did you know you can experience the history of the United States Army from its roots in the French and Indian War through current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan in just one day? As the nation's premier center for Soldier history, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), puts visitors in the boots of Soldiers. We are only two days away from this year's Army Heritage Days to be held at the USAHEC on May 21 and 22, 2016 from 9AM to 5PM. Our timeline history event has several additional attractions this year to give visitors a new perspective on Army history. For the first time ever, the event is commemorating the Vietnam War and the Soldiers who served in that conflict.
"The Moving Wall: Vietnam Veterans Memorial" will be at this year's Army Heritage Days. "The Moving Wall: Vietnam Veterans Memorial," is a half-scale replica of the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. and recognizes the service and sacrifice of the military men and women who served in the Vietnam War. The 58,272 names listed on the wall include those killed in action and those still listed missing in action. The names are listed chronologically from the date of the initial wounding or when they were reported as missing. The replica wall will be operated by a volunteer staff of Veterans, who will help guests navigate how to find a name, assist with name rubbings, and answer questions. The Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative Committee will be on-site as well to present pins to Vietnam Veterans.
As always, the weekend-long event will feature lectures by well-known historians, military equipment displays, tactics and weapons demonstrations, and a meet and greet session with Army veterans. This family-friendly event will have many children's activities including 18th century games and the passport program, which allows children to collect stamps from around the event and claim a prize! In addition to the impressive outdoor displays, there will also be several highlighted lectures and presentations sprinkled throughout the weekend where you can hear from Veterans in their own words. Among the scheduled Veterans to speak this year is General (Retired) and NBC news spokesperson, Barry McCaffrey who will give a lecture entitled "Vietnam-- Our Veterans in Perspective" and Terry Buckler who participated in the Son Tay Raid during the Vietnam War.
So come out and play this weekend, rain or shine, and enjoy the activities scheduled! A schedule of events can be found on our website, www.usahec.org.
For the past month and a half, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, PA has been keeping a big secret about this year's Army Heritage Days event, scheduled for May 21 and 22, 2016. Over the past month we gave little hints through the media that something "big" was planned, and now it is the time to reveal our big surprise! The USAHEC is pleased to announce we are hosting “The Moving Wall: Vietnam Veterans Memorial,” at this year’s Army Heritage Days. “The Moving Wall: Vietnam Veterans Memorial,” is a half-scale replica of the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. and recognizes the service and sacrifice of the military men and women who served in the Vietnam War. The 58,272 names listed on the wall include those killed in action and those still listed missing in action. The names are listed chronologically from the date of the initial wounding or when they were reported as missing. The replica wall will be operated by a volunteer staff of Veterans, who will help guests navigate how to find a name, assist with name rubbings, and answer questions. The Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative Committee will be on-site as well to present pins to Vietnam Veterans.
While Army Heritage Days is a timeline living history event following the history of the U.S. Army from its roots to current day operations, this year’s theme highlights the Vietnam War. The Moving Wall is just one of the exciting new attractions. A Huey helicopter flown in Vietnam is being restored by the Liberty War Bird Association and will be on display to educate visitors about the restoration of large military equipment.
In keeping with tradition, there are several lectures throughout the weekend. Terry Buckler will present a lecture entitled, “Son Tay: The Most Daring Raid of the Vietnam War.” What is the Son Tay Raid? After identifying the names of over 500 American prisoners of war (POWs) being held by the North Vietnamese in unfavorable camp conditions in 1970, a 15 member planning group was created to address the issues. An attack to overtake camp Son Tay was deemed feasible, and the U.S. Army launched Operation Ivory Coast to train, plan, and execute the attack. Terry Buckler was 20 years old when he participated in the raid and will share his story at Army Heritage Days. General (Retired) Barry McCaffrey is also on the schedule to present a talk entitled, “Vietnam - Our Veterans in Perspective,” about his service during the war and his view of Vietnam Veterans service today. Both General McCaffrey and Mr. Buckler will also participate in the popular “Veterans Meet and Greet,” which allows visitors the opportunity to interact with Veterans from several different periods of history.
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter via #CountdowntoAHD as we release more information, including the detailed schedule of events. For more information about the USAHEC and Army Heritage days, please visit: www.usahec.org or call: 717-245-3972.
Since the 1980's, the U.S. has worked with the Colombian government to combat drug trafficking and to defeat guerillas terrorizing its citizens. In 2000, the top government and military leaders in the U.S. designed a grand strategy, dubbed "Plan Colombia," to reanimate the ongoing mission to destroy the thugs responsible for the drug trade, support peace throughout the country, and build democracy. On Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 7:15 PM, Dr. Winifred Tate will give a lecture entitled, "Drugs, Thugs and Diplomats: The Origins and Impact of Plan Colombia," at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The lecture will discuss how Plan Colombia had an opposite effect than intended, because the increase in the militarization of drug policies allowed fear of Colombian security forces to overcome human rights, and generally worsened the crisis it was designed to resolve.
Dr. Tate's presentation, based on her new book, Drugs, Thugs, and Diplomats: U.S. Policymaking in Colombia, will detail the history of U.S. involvement in Colombia's internal drug wars, while also examining the U.S. policymaking process through a unique anthropological lens. She will analyze the design, implementation, and assessment of the Plan Colombia aid package and challenge the praise of the plan by pundits and policymakers in Washington. Tate will argue that more than 80 percent of the assistance provided by the U.S. through Plan Colombia is military aid, despite the Colombian security force’s link to abusive, drug-trafficking paramilitary organizations.
Dr. Winifred Tate is an associate professor of anthropology at Colby College and the author of Drugs, Thugs and Diplomats: U.S. Policymaking in Colombia (Stanford University Press, 2015) and the award-winning Counting the Dead: The Culture and Politics of Human Rights Activism in Colombia (University of California Press, 2007). Dr. Tate has more than 25 years’ experience with issues regarding Colombia, beginning with an extensive period of volunteer work and study abroad in the 1980s. She spent another three years working with human rights NGOs in Guatemala and Colombia, after completing her Bachelor’s Degree. In addition, she worked for three years as the Colombia policy expert at the Washington Office on Latin America, before completing her doctorate at New York University.
All USAHEC lectures are open to the public and FREE to attend. Doors to the Visitor and Education Center open at 6:30 p.m., and the lecture begins 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.
Did you know you can experience the history of the United States Army from its roots in the French and Indian War through current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan in just one day? Did you know all it would cost you is a tank of gas? As the nation's premier center for Soldier history, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), puts visitors in the boots of Soldiers and is in your backyard! Every year on Armed Forces weekend (third weekend in May), the grounds of the USAHEC come alive with historical Army equipment, re-enactors, and Soldiers past and present as we celebrate Army Heritage Days, a timeline living history experience. All of this can be seen on USAHEC's one-mile outdoor trail, which is ordinarily filled with helicopters, tanks, buildings, and trenches representing all eras of U.S. Army history. During Army Heritage Days you will see re-enactors outfitting these buildings, setting up camps, and manning additional vehicles, such as Vietnam Gun Trucks and WWII Willy’s Jeeps. Of course the best part for many visitors: it’s all free! So join us on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 9am to 5pm each day to experience this exciting and patriotic event!
As always, the weekend-long event will feature lectures by well-known historians, military equipment displays, tactics and weapons demonstrations, and a meet and greet session with Army veterans. This family-friendly event will have many children's activities including 18th century games and the passport program, which allows children to collect stamps from around the event and claim a prize!
In addition to the impressive outdoor displays, there will also be several highlighted lectures and presentations sprinkled throughout the weekend where you can hear from Veterans in their own words. Among the scheduled Veterans to speak this year is General (Retired) Barry McCaffrey who will give a lecture entitled "Vietnam -- Our Veterans in Perspective." McCaffrey is a retired four-star General who is most recently known as a guest analyst and commentator for NBC.
While Army Heritage Days is a timeline event that features all U.S. Army eras, this year's event will highlight the Vietnam War with an increase in the Vietnam era re-enactors, Veterans relating their experiences, and other events specifically for that time period. There will even be a special display of national importance that we will reveal as we get closer to the event!!
Be sure to check back for updates as we begin to reveal our special display via social media! Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter via the #countdowntoAHD as we release more information about our special display and guests.
For more information about the USAHEC, the event, or to follow as the schedule is released, please visit www.usahec.org or call 717-245-3972.
The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) exhibits and research facilities will operate on a modified schedule during the December holiday period (Monday, December 21, 2015 through Sunday, January 3, 2016). The adapted hours are as follows:
Monday, December 21 - USAHEC Exhibits open 10:00am-5:00pm, Research by Appointment Only**
Tuesday, December 22 - USAHEC Exhibits open 10:00am-5:00pm, Research by Appointment Only**
Wednesday, December 23 - USAHEC Exhibits open 10:00am-5:00pm, Research by Appointment Only**
Thursday, December 24 - Closed
Friday, December 25 - Closed (Federal Holiday)
Saturday, December 26 - Closed
Sunday, December 27 - Closed
Monday, December 28 - USAHEC Exhibits open 10:00am-5:00pm, Research by Appointment Only**
Tuesday, December 29 - USAHEC Exhibits open 10:00am-5:00pm, Research by Appointment Only**
Wednesday, December 30 - USAHEC Exhibits open 10:00am-5:00pm, Research by Appointment Only**
Thursday, December 31 - Closed
Friday, January 1 – Closed (Federal Holiday)
Saturday, January 2 – Closed
Sunday, January 3 – Closed
**The USAHEC will support researchers on December 21, 22, 23 & 28, 29, 30 by appointment only. Please call: 717-245-3949 (USAWC Library Ridgway Hall Location) or 717-245-3660 (USAWC Library Root Hall Location) to schedule.
The USAHEC will resume normal hours and operations on Monday, January 4, 2016. For questions about the modified holiday schedule, please call the USAHEC Information Desk: 717-245-3972.
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