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.

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.

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.

Pearl Harbor Ceremony – December 7

The National Museum of the Pacific War will commemorate 74 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7 with its annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony at 12:25 p.m. in the Memorial Courtyard on the museum grounds at 340 E. Main St., in Fredericksburg. For details, visit www.pacificwarmuseum.org.

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.

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.

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.

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.

2nd Annual Nimitz Golf Classic at Boot Ranch –

If avoiding hazards like tanks and low-flying WWII-era planes while golfing at one of the best ranked courses in Texas sounds like fun, then the Nimitz Golf Classic at Boot Ranch is for you! The Second Annual Nimitz Golf Classic is scheduled for Friday, June 3, and promises to be an event to remember.

Designed by PGA Champion Hal Sutton, Boot Ranch is an exclusive golf course recently ranked in the top 10 courses in Texas by the Dallas Morning News. Spaces are filling up fast, but there are still some teams left for people interested.

The schedule of events for the day includes a players’ breakfast, a 9 a.m. cannon shot start for an 18-hole four-man scramble, and lunch and beverages along the course. Evening events include a cocktail reception and private tour of the George H.W. Bush Gallery, dinner in the Nimitz Museum Ballroom, and a live auction and a dance featuring the music of Sentimental Journey and the Memphis Belles. Live auction items include a trip for two to Callaway Headquarters and Training Center in San Diego, California, for personalized club fittings for two sets of Callaway clubs; a week in a beautiful Santa Fe home; a trip for two to Honolulu including a week-long stay in the Ala Moana Hotel plus airfare, including a personalized Admiral’s barge tour of Pearl Harbor and the USS ARIZONA Memorial, plus much more.

Registration for the all-inclusive event is $750 per golfer or $3000 per team of four, with all proceeds directly benefiting the education programs of the National Museum of the Pacific War and Operation Comfort, a program that supports the rehabilitative, recreational and financial needs of wounded military receiving treatment at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas. For registration or more information, contact Marty Kaderli at 830.997.8600 x204.