Flag Day at National Museum of the Pacific War – June 14

History and legends of our nations flag program followed by a program and demonstration of flag disposal by Boy Scouts at National Museum of the Pacific War‘s George Bush Gallery. The grounds of the museum will be decorated with near 5,000 flags placed by Boy Scouts and NJROTC from Fredericksburg. This program is free with standard fee for museum attendees. Please call 830/997-8600 for more information.

Admiral Nimitz Foundation Distinguished Speaker Series with George P. Shultz – March 4

Join us in Fredericksburg, Texas, the birthplace of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, for the initial event of the 2015 Admiral Nimitz Foundation Distinguished Speaker Series, at 304 W. San Antonio Street.  Featuring George P. Shultz, former Chairman of President Ronald Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory board and Secretary of State from 1982-89.  All tickets include dinner and open bar.  Cocktail Party begins at 6 pm, Remarks and Q & A at 7 pm, followed by Dinner.  Signed copies of Issues on My Mind: Strategies for the Future by George P. Shultz will be available at the Cocktail Party.  To be held at the St. Mary’s Parish Center.  Space is limited and is on a first come basis.  To purchase tickets immediately, contact Laura Nelson at (830) 997-8600 ext. 200 or nelson@nimitzfoundation.org

Individual tickets are $250.

Authors Forum at National Museum of the Pacific War – 10/8

This year’s Authors Forum will feature Elliot Carlson, recent recipient of the Eliot Morrison Award for Naval History and author of Joe Rochefort’s War: The Odyssey of the Codebreaker Who Outwitted Yamamoto at Midway; Bill Sloan, author of Hell in the Pacific: A Marine Rifleman’s Journey From Guadalcanal to Peleliu; and Sterling Mace and Nick Allen, co-authors of Battleground Pacific: A Marine Rifleman’s Combat Odyssey in K/3/5. The authors will speak in order of topics, beginning with Midway and taking us all the way through Okinawa. The program will be moderated by Richard Koone, Education Coordinator.  After the authors’ presentations, they will be available to sign books. Books will be available for purchase at the event. This event is free and open to the public. It starts at 2 pm in the Nimitz Ballrom, 340 East Main Street.

Field Kitchen Exhibit at the National Museum of the Pacific War – March 7-15

During Spring Break, experience the sights, sounds and taste of the front lines with this fully functioning WWII Field Kitchen at the National Museum of the Pacific War’s Pacific Combat Zone, 500 E. Austin Street. Byron “Cooky” Vinyard from the Tri-State Living History Association has spent the last 10 years putting this kitchen together.  He has traveled all over the country providing meals for veterans on special days and educating the public on the history of World War II. Call  (830) 997-8600 ext. 205 for more details.

Family Fun Day at the National Museum of the Pacific War – August 3

Families looking to spend some quality time together out of the house and out of the heat are invited to participate in a free Family Fun Day at the National Museum of the Pacific War on Saturday.

There are plenty of activities planned for children to work on with their parents and all activities will have a brief lesson with them.

This event is free, but pre-registration is suggested to ensure enough materials are on-hand for everyone to have their own items to take home.  Please email manee@nimitzfoundation.org to RSVP or call 830.997.8600 x 207. Standard admission if touring the museum.

Memorial Day Program – May 26

The National Museum of the Pacific War will pay tribute to all who have given their lives serving in the United States Armed Forces, Monday at 10 am.

Including keynote speaker Captain Rex L. Curtin, USN, rifle salute and the placement of wreaths at the Memorial Wall.

Standard museum admission applies, but program is free and open to the public.

In the Memorial Courtyard of the National Museum of the Pacific War, 340 E. Main.

Jazz & Cocktails at the National Museum of the Pacific War – November 15

5468323795_185a74abcf_bCome for a 40′s night club experience – enjoy the best of jazz for dancing and a full slate of cocktails from the 1940s and from the military during World War II. The program will be presented by renown mixologist, author and historian, Philip Greene, from the Museum of the American Cocktail in New York City. To be held in the Nimitz Ballroom of the National Museum of the Pacific War. Live music by the Kris Kimura Quartet.

7:30 to 11 pm. Tickets are $50 per person and are available online.

The National Museum of the Pacific War is at 340 E. Main St. Call (830) 997-8600 for more information.

2nd Annual Nimitz Old Texas Round-Up Barbecue – April 9

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation will hold the 2nd Annual Nimitz Old Texas Round-Up Barbecue on Saturday, April 9, at 6 p.m. at the National Museum of the Pacific War to raise money for the Admiral Nimitz Foundation which supports, operates, and manages the National Museum of the Pacific War. Dinner will be served from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

There will also be a silent auction and the raffle drawing for a $5,000 travel voucher.

The barbecue-themed fundraiser is inspired by Fredericksburg native Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz. During his command in the Pacific, Nimitz would hold barbecues for Texans (and those who wished they were Texans) serving in his command. It was a chance for the men and women to enjoy a few hours of food and recreation without thinking about the war. The five-star Admiral was the Navy’s last Fleet Admiral and was born in Fredericksburg, TX

Captain Paul O. Monger (U.S. Navy), the commanding officer of USS Nimitz will visit the museum with the same namesake—The Admiral Nimitz Museum (one part of the National Museum of the Pacific War). The USS Nimitz, one of the U.S. Navy’s ten big-deck nuclear powered carriers, is one of the largest warships in the world. It is named after World War II Pacific Fleet Commander Chester W. Nimitz.

Captain Monger will be speaking with visitors at the National Museum of the Pacific War on April 9th at 3pm in a question and answer session that is free and open to the public inside the Nimitz Ballroom. Later that evening, Monger will attend the Nimitz Old Texas Round-Up Barbecue which begins at 6pm.

Monger is the son of a career naval aviator and retired rear admiral. Hegraduated from the Naval Academy in 1982. During his career, he has served as a flight instructor, commanding officer of F14 Squadron VF-154 and was the personal aide to the secretary of the Navy during the 1990s. Monger has received various awards, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the 2001 Navy League Leadership Award.

Tickets for the barbecue are $25 for adults 21 and older, $15 for those ages 12- 20, and children 11 and younger are free. Each dinner ticket includes two drink tickets. Tickets will be available at the door or you can purchase yours today in the Museum stores or online at Nimitz-bookstore.com. Raffle tickets are available at the National Museum of the Pacific War stores for $5 each or 5/$20. The Almost Patsy Cline Band is a Hill Country staple that performs country hits will be providing music for the gathering thanks to a donation from the Perdernales Creative Arts Alliance and Oktoberfest.

Wounded Warriors and Their Therapy Dogs – July 13

Dogs are a man’s best friend. That friendship is evident nowhere like it is evident between a Wounded Warrior and his service dog. On Saturday July 13th at 10 a.m. in the ballroom of the Nimitz Museum of the National Museum of the Pacific War, you can witness that friendship in person.

TADSAW (Train a Dog Save a Warrior), along with their four legged friends and the warriors they assist will give a presentation on the importance of the use of dogs for helping wounded warriors and utilizing dogs for Animal Assisted Therapy. One of the TADSAW dogs was recently inducted into the Texas Animal Hall of Fame as Hero Dog of the Year.

Dennis Blocker, USAF (Ret) and his retired war dog Laky, will talk about their training, experiences overseas, and dealing with dogs with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

This program is free to the public. For more information contact Brandon Vinyard at vinyard@nimtizfoundation.org or by phone at (830)-997-8600 x205.

The Train a Dog Save a Warrior program unites wounded warriors, suffering with PTSD, with homeless, rescue shelter dogs, who are evaluated and deemed viable, to nurture a healing and rejuvenating bond between the two. The result is a positive, non-judgmental, unconditional relationship desperately needed by both.

The National Museum of the Pacific War is a Texas Historical Commission property supported, operated, and managed by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation.