Pa. Military Museum lists coming events

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BOALSBURG — The Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg recently announced a number of upcoming programs and special events for the late winter and spring.

Charter Day


The museum reopens to the public on March 11 with a Military Movie Madness Festival featuring Gary Cooper with Helen Hayes in “A Farewell to Arms” at 10:30 a.m., and Grant Taylor with Peter Finch in “The Fighting Rats of Tobruk” at 2:30 p.m.

Regular admission rates apply.

Charter Day

On Charter Day, March 12, there will be free admission to commemorate the granting of the charter from Charles II to William Penn that founded “Penn’s Woods” in 1681.

Museum hours: Noon to 5 p.m.

Documentary film

“You Enter Germany —  Bloody Huertgen and the Siegfried Line,” will be shown at 1:30 p.m. on March 18.

Between September 1944 and February 1945, 13 U.S. Army divisions fought for control of a 50 square mile area of dense forest along the German border. It was the longest single battle in American history and largest defeat of the U.S. Army in Europe.

This 2007 German production tells that story with veteran’s interviews and archival footage.

Donation requested.

Exploring the Armor

On March 26, take a private history tour of the outside tracked vehicles, including a look inside the crew compartments.

The tour begins in the museum theatre at 2 p.m. Seating is limited, and reservations are required. The tour typically lasts two hours.

Admission is $15 ($5 with museum membership).

Email for reservations.

Kids Day

“Kids Day: Dress Up and Discover!!” is April 1.

Kids of all ages get to wear combat gear and helmets from the museum education collection from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit education stations in the galleries for more fun discoveries throughout the day.

Regular admission rates apply.

Lecture: Boal Troop

A lecture, “The Boal Troop in World War One,” will be presented at 1:30 p.m. on April 8.

In 1916, a privately raised militia from Centre County joined up with the National Guard of Pennsylvania to fight “Over There.” Local historian Philip Sauerlender provides an overview of their service.

Regular admission rates apply.

Lecture: Pa.

National Guard

A lecture, “A History of the PA National Guard in the World War,” will be presented at 1:30 p.m. on April 9.

Maj. John Stevens (Ret.) will discusses the organization, training and readiness of the National Guard as it prepares to enter the killing fields of the world’s first Industrial War.

Regular admission rates apply.

Lectures: 28th

Division Shrine; WW1 Artifacts

A lecture, “History of the 28th Division Shrine,” will be presented at 1:30 p.m. on April 15.

Museum educator Joe Horvath traces the history of the Pennsylvania Military Museum and 28th Infantry Division’s National Shrine over the past 100 years.

Regular admission rates apply.

“Treasures from the Archive: WWI Artifacts and Stories from Baker Mansion,” will be presented at 3 p.m.

Blair County Historical Society President and Penn State history instructor Jared Frederick will discuss World War One by interpreting associated artifacts within the society’s collections.

Regular admission rates apply.

The Great War


“The Great War Remembered, World War One”  will take place April 22 and 23 with living historians encamp on the grounds demonstrating life on the Western Front.

Daily lecture topics in the museum theater include:

≤ April 22 — 10:30 a.m., April 22, GAS! GAS! GAS! The Terrible Weapon of World War One; 1p.m., Tanks & Combined Arms, a Revolution in Ground Warfare; 2:30 p.m., The stories I’ll tell when I get home: The Service of WWI Nurses;

≤April 23 — 1 p.m.,  The Battle of the Somme, c.1918.

Lectures: Bonus Army March, 28th

Division Shrine

A lecture, “The Bonus Army March on Washington D.C.” will be presented at 10:30 a.m. on April 29.

More than 20,000 former soldiers and their families occupied the nation’s capital between May and July 1932 to lobby for promised assistance due to military service in World War One.

Museum lecturer Sean Reilly will examine the history of this saga in civil disobedience.

Regular admission rates apply

“History of the 28th Division Shrine” will be presented at 1:30 p.m. by museum educator Joe Horvath, who will trace the history of the Pennsylvania Military Museum and 28th Infantry Division’s National Shrine over the past 100 years. Regular admission rates apply.