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

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.

Battle of Tarawa Re-enactment – March 12-13

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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.

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

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.

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 Annual Symposium – September 21-22

PrintThe Admiral Nimitz Foundation’s symposium this year will take place on September 21 – 22 at the Fredericksburg Theater Company. This year’s symposium is The Military and The Media, Witnesses to War. This year’s symposium is sponsored by, The Sons and Daughters of Robert P. “Bob” Scripps

This day and a half event will examine through presentations and open discussions with attendees how the media has impacted the public’s opinion and attitude towards the military and war, from World War II to the present. Sessions lead by military officials and experts in these topics include: Print Journalism, Photo-Journalism, Films and the Role of Hollywood, Radio-Television, The Media: A serviceman’s view, and finished up with a round table discussion with all presenters.

For more information on the symposium and to register for your tickets please visit www.pacificwarmuseum.org/our-story/2013-symposium or call 830-997-8600 ext. 223.

Your ticket to the symposium also includes a pass to the National Museum of the Pacific War. Books written by some of the presenters will be available for purchase and signing at the symposium.

Saturday night the Admiral Nimitz Foundation will host a cocktail reception and dinner with the panelist in the Nimitz Museum Ballroom. This is open to those attending and tickets can be purchased for an extra $40/person.

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation looks forward to seeing you at this year’s symposiums and would like to thank all those who support the foundation.

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

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.

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.