70th Anniversary of Battle of Midway – August 17

Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway at the National Museum of the Pacific War,  with Dr. Craig Symonds, Professor History Emeritus, United States Naval Academy, and author of a brilliant new recounting of America’s greatest naval victory led by the tactics of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. General Michael Hagee, USMC,  will join Dr. Symonds in discussing the leadership decisions employed by Nimitz and his team of code breakers and battle commanders and crews.

Join us August 17th 2pm to 4pm in the Nimitz Ballroom – includes a reception and refreshments during which Dr. Symonds will be signing his book, The Battle of Midway. (Books will be available for purchase.)

$10.00 regular admission

$5.00 Admiral Nimitz Foundation Members

“10 am on June 4, 1942, Japan was winning the war. One hour later, they were not.  Such was the decisive impact of the Battle of Midway.”

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.

Book Signing at the National Museum of the Pacific War

Award-winning author, James Hornifischer will be available this Saturday to sign copies of his new book, Neptune’s Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal at the National Museum of the Pacific War, 340 East Main Street at 2 pm on Saturday.

Hornfischer is a member of the Naval Order of the United States and the Navy League, and was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry as an “Admiral in the Texas Navy.”  He has appeared on the History Channel and Fox News and frequently speaks to veterans’ organizations, civic groups and professional naval organizations on the subject of the Pacific Theater in World War II.

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.

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

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.

Columbus Day Author’s Forum – October 14

This year’s authors include John Domalgalski, author of Sunk in Kula Gulf: The Final Voyage of the USS Helena and the Incredible Story of Her Survivors in World War II , Gregory Fletcher, author of Intrepid Aviators: The American Flyers Who Sank Japan’s Greatest Battleship and Dan king, author of The Last Zero Fighter: Firsthand Accounts from WWII Japanese Naval Pilots.  Join these authors to discuss their work and ask questions in an intimate setting.  In the Nimitz Ballroom at the National Museum of the Pacific War.

2 to 4 pm.  Free, but standard admission applies if touring the museum.

National Museum of the Pacific War and Rockbox Theater Join Forces to Offer Amazing Savings September 17 to November 15

The top two attractions for Fredericksburg on Tripadvisor have joined forces to offer tourist and locals alike a great deal on entertainment. From September 17 –November 15 you can enjoy both the National Museum of the Pacific War and a show at the Rockbox Theater for only $30.00; that is a 35% savings. This is how it works. You can purchase the voucher at either of the museum gift stores, Rockbox box office, or online at www.nimitz-bookstore.com. You can also call 830-997-8600 x209 or 830-997-7625 to purchase the voucher. The voucher can then be shown to the museum and Rockbox to get your tickets. The voucher is not a seat reservation for Rockbox and must be redeemed for an actual ticket.

The National Museum of the Pacific War is a hidden gem in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. It is the only museum in the nation dedicated entirely to the story of WWII in the Pacific. Experience the story of WWII in the Pacific like only the National Museum of the Pacific War can tell it. The Museum has more than 45,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space with over 900 artifacts, and 15 macro-artifacts including a Japanese Midget Sub, a B-25 Bomber and a PT-309. Take an interactive audio tour, or wander at your own pace. It sits on 6 acres and is built with the George H.W Bush Gallery, Admiral Nimitz Museum, Pacific Combat Zone, Memorial Courtyard, Japanese Garden of Peace, and the Plaza of the Presidents.

Rockbox Theater is the only professional variety live music and comedy show in the Texas Hill Country that guarantees family-friendly entertainment. Located one block off Main Street at 109 N. Llano in the heart of Fredericksburg’s shopping district, this 392-seat, state-of-the-art theater is open year-round with regular weekly shows from the golden era of rock n roll. The foundation of the shows is family-friendly comedy and American pop music from the 50’s-80’s with an emphasis on the music of early rock n roll legends like Aretha Franklin, Buddy Holly, Tina Turner, Chuck Berry, and The Beatles, among a remarkable assortment of iconic performers.

Tickets for the museum can be redeemed through December 31, 2012, and are good for 48 hours once redeemed. Tickets for the Rockbox must be redeemed before November 15, 2012. So if you plan on visiting Fredericksburg or have family and friends coming to town and you want them to experience the best that Fredericksburg has to offer, make sure to take advantage of this great deal from the top two attractions on Tripadvisor.

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.

Spring Family Event at the National Museum of the Pacific War – March 24

Families are invited to an afternoon filled with history and fun at the National Museum of the Pacific War, 328 East Main Street, at 2 pm. Learn about the use of “target kites” in WWII, then decorate one to take home. This program is recommended for children between the ages of six and ten years. All materials for easy and fun kite assembly are provided. At the end of the program, kites can be taken home to be flown. Admission to the program is $5.00 per child; this fee will cover the cost of supplies. The program will be capped at 18 children, pre-registration is encouraged.