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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

Veterans Day Observance Tuesday 11 am

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we honor all veterans of all conflicts.

Join us for our annual Veteran’s Day program that will include patriotic music, presentation of colors, rifle salute and guest keynote speaker.

It’s free and open to the public. 11 AM in the Memorial Courtyard of the National Museum of the Pacific War, 311 E. Austin.

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