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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.