“Sands of Iwo Jima” Film at the National Museum of the Pacific War – March 25

70 years ago this year, World War II in the Pacific was wrapping up and the war was coming to an end.  The National Museum of the Pacific War has annuonced that they will be showing famous films that cover certain battles in concurrence with the anniversary of those battles. First up, “Sands of Iwo Jima“, starring John Wayne.

These films will be free to the public and with limited seating.  Films are planned to be shown at 6 pm at the Admiral Nimitz Museum, 340 E. Main, unless otherwise noted. Call (830) 997-8600 ext.223 for more information.

Victor Jorgensen Photography Exhibit at the National Museum of the Pacific War – February 13 to April 27

View images by one of the first photographers chosen to become part of the Naval Aviation Photographic Unit who traveled widely while documenting World War II.  During regular business hours at the George H. W. Bush Gallery in the National Museum of the Pacific War, 311 E. Austin. For more information call 830-997-8600.

Admiral Nimitz Birthday Celebration – February 24

nimitzbookpicThe National Museum of the Pacific War and Admiral Nimitz Foundation are happy to celebrate the 128th anniversary of the birth of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz on February 24th.

In celebration of Nimitz’s birthday, the St. Mary’s choir will perform at 1:30 p.m. in the historic Nimitz Hotel Ballroom. Following the performance there will be cake and coffee for all of those in attendance at 1:45 p.m.  Anyone who shares Nimitz’s birthday (February 24) will receive free admission to the museum for the day.

The birthday celebration is free and open to the public.

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation and National Museum of the Pacific War are honored this year to host members of the Nimitz family who will share stories about Admiral Nimitz after the cake cutting starting at 2 p.m. Come and listen as some of the Nimitz family share stories about their ancestor who answered the call and lead the United States to victory in the Pacific during World War II. The Admiral Nimitz Foundation would like to encourage local Nimitz family members to come and share their stories about Admiral Nimitz. If you are a Nimitz family member and plan on attending please contact Stephanie Manee at 830-997-8600 x223 or manee@nimitzfoundation.org.

Nimitz served as Commander In Chief, United States Pacific Fleet and Commander in Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas during World War II. Admiral Chester W. Nimitz was born in Fredericksburg, Texas in what is now Fitz & Hollerin toy store near the corner of Main Street and Lincoln Street. He was raised in what is now the Admiral Nimitz Museum, the corner stone of the National Museum of the Pacific War.

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation supports, operates, and manages the National Museum of the Pacific War which is a Texas Historical Commission property

ANF 2012 Symposium: Leadership in Wars and Crises: Presidents, Admirals, and Generals – September 15-16

Join internationally recognized historians and scholars to discuss the relationships between American Presidents and top military leaders from World War II to today.

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation Annual Symposium is moving! We are excited to announce that the symposium will now be held at the Fredericksburg Theater Company’s Steve W. Shepherd Theater on Highway 87 South. This new venue offers a more intimate setting with only 275 seats. There is not a bad seat in the house but seating is limited, so get your tickets early!

For a full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.pacificwarmuseum.org/2012_Symposium.asp

War Dog Demonstration – July 14

Dog lovers might enjoy this free demonstration showing how canines have played an important role in the military. The National Museum of the Pacific War presents War Dogs Demonstration this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the Memorial Courtyard on museum grounds at 340 E. Main St., in Fredericksburg. Watch as trainers from Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio train dogs for military action – bomb sniffing, attack dogs and puppy/retiree adoption programs. At 1:00 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Admiral Nimitz Museum, Patsy Swendson, founder of the Penny’s From Heaven Foundation which trains dogs to work with wounded warriors, will be on hand. Swendson will introduce several military personnel and the dogs that help them. For information, call 830-997-8600

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.

Battle of Tarawa Re-enactment – March 12-13

Pacific war re-enacment

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On March 12 and 13 the National Museum of the Pacific War will hold its first Living History Programs of 2011. The program demonstrates weapons and strategies that were vital in the struggle for dominance in the Pacific theater in World War II. Re-enactors use landing craft, tanks, explosive charges, and even a flamethrower to explain and illustrate the equipment and tactics used by the American Army and Marines and the Imperial Japanese Army forces in WWII. The mock battle represents one such battle—the deadly struggle for island of Tarawa.  There will be three shows each day (10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.).

The program takes place at the Pacific Combat Zone, which is located two blocks east of the museum complex on East Austin Street between Elk and Lee. Admission to the 90-minute program is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Children under six years of age are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the George H.W. Bush Gallery, the Admiral Nimitz Bookstore or online. Tickets are also available at the Pacific Combat Zone on the day of the programs, but due to their popularity, advance purchase is recommended. Admission includes earplugs. The National Museum of the Pacific War is a Texas Historical Commission property supported, operated, and managed by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation.

Veterans Day Ceremony – 11/11/11 at 11 am

Paying tribute to all Veterans from all services who have served our country, this ceremony held at the National Museum of the Pacific War in the Plaza of Presidents – Outdoor Courtyard at 340 E Main St in Fredericksburg, TX is featuring keynote speaker Author and Vietnam veteran, Allen Clark.

The program will also include patriotic musical renditions from the Ambleside School Chorale and Silver Taps (echo taps) played by Mr. Bill Smallwood and Dr. Jim Fonder. The Medina Regional Special Operations Center will render a 21-gun salute.

The program will be free and open to the public, and all veterans and their families are encouraged to attend. Veterans of all conflicts and wars will be recognized.