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.

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.

Nimitz Junior Corps Family Fun at the National Museum of the Pacific War – March 11 & 13

Join us for a discussion on rationing during WWII and the importance of growing one’s own food. We will start individual Victory Gardens and make “synthetic rubber” silly putty. To be held in the Nimitz Ballroom and the Memorial Courtyard at 340 E. Main St. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited – please call or RSVP to vinyard@nimitzfoundation.org Cash or check only please.

10:30 to 11:30 am. $5 fee per child age 6 to 13. Call (830) 997-8600 ext. 205 for more information.

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.

Readings in History Program at National Museum of the Pacific War – August 5

Award-winning author Dr. Craig Symonds will read and discuss his newest book Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings. Join Dr. Symonds after his presentation for cocktails and appetizers while he signs his book. In the Nimitz Museum Grand Ballroom, 340 E. Main Street at 3 pm. Tickets can be purchased online. all (830) 997-8600 ext. 204 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.