Announcing a New Wenham Museum Program-The Pathways of Patriots Speaker Series

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The series includes personal reflections of US Armed Forces Veterans who served in four wars.

Exclusive Access To Those Who Were There!

Pathways of Patriots An Exclusive Wenham Museum Speaker Series
May 15th and July 15th 2016
At The Wenham Museum’s Burnham Hall, Wenham MA

The nonprofit Wenham Museum is creating a series of discussions for Spring/Summer 2016 that will allow veterans to share with attendees their reflections on the experience of military service and combat, lessons they took from their experiences, and the impact of service on their views on citizenship and American culture. The Museum is seeking to connect with new visitors by offering high quality heritage learning that is engaging and entertaining. This speaker series is also intended to create awareness of and visibility for the Museum’s children’s and adult programs, as well as benefits and services available to Veterans from Essex County, MA. Specifically, the program will support and drive important donor fundraising to create opportunities to underwrite further education and outreach programs for both groups. Only 50 attendees per advance registration will be accepted to this extraordinary series with Patriots of four wars. Each war period will offer moderated conversations between combat veterans, commentators and special guests. The intimate setting for attendees will be within 20’ of veterans sitting together on a “living room” set stage. Attendees will be able to submit written questions to the series guests before each event at info(at)wenhammuseum(dot)org and briefly during the discussions. This series is a tremendous opportunity to listen and learn from “those who were there.”

Sunday May 15th, 9:30 a.m.- 6:05 p.m. two discussions in one day!
Morning: World War II, afternoon: Iraq and Afghanistan.
$95 per person. Lunch and afternoon refreshments.

“A Call To Action”
Part One Sunday Morning May 15thAmericans in Europe WW II 1944- 45

The Wenham Museum is proud to host some of the few remaining American WWII veterans of the European Campaign and the War in the Pacific. These Patriots served during the “Battle of the Bulge” in Belgium; survived captivity in a German POW camp; experienced brutal aerial combat over France and Germany; got shot down, and evaded capture by the Gestapo; suffered wounds on Okinawa; and saw the American flag rise on Iwo Jima. Our discussions will begin with life before service during the Great Depression; a look at family life and attitudes towards foreign events, and the rise of Fascism overseas; and how America changed after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Conversations among the veterans will include reflections about their experiences during training, and about preparing for the unknown; the challenges, excitement, and fears they experienced during combat; and the realities of daily life as a soldier in occupied Europe and the islands of the Pacific. We will also learn how service changed their personal views on family life, work, and citizenship, long after World War II. The Museum is also proud to announce guests that include family members of Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., commander of the U.S. Seventh Army in the Mediterranean and the U. S. Third Army in Europe, who will share personal memories of the General and insights into his life and legacy. We will contrast combat veterans’ perceptions and memories with reflections about the war and General Patton’s leadership from the perspective of General Patton’s family. Attendees will be able to submit written questions to the World War II veterans before the event at info(at)wenhammuseum(dot)org and during the discussions. Selected historic military artifacts from the era will be on display. The Wenham Museum will have items from its collection as well.

“Bring The Fight To Them”
Part Two Sunday Afternoon May 15th Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan 2001-16

The War on Terrorism has created a new definition of war in the early 21st century. Since September 11, 2001, an evolving strategy and new tactics have changed how American armed forces operate. The Wenham Museum is honored to assemble a group of Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans who have served in some of the most extreme, hostile locations in the world. These guest Patriots were recognized for service by their country during engagements in Sadr City, Marjah, Fallujah, Kunduz Province, and many others. September 11th, 2001, will forever be a tragic turning point in American history. The attack on the United States changed how our country views personal safety and our place in the world. Discussions will begin with the motivations that led to service by members of America’s millennial generation, who grew up with the Internet, video games and cell phones. Our format will help create conversations that will reveal veterans’ individual reflections about training for extreme climates and geography, and for experiencing foreign cultures thousands of years old. We will also learn individual accounts of friendship, duty, trust, and achievement, on redefined battlefields using new tactics against a non-traditional enemy. The conversations will also reveal how service changed these veterans’ perceptions of 21st century America regarding family, work, and the nature and importance of citizenship. The Museum will announce a scheduled special guest and Keynote speaker before May 15th. Attendees will be able to submit written questions to the series War on Terrorism veterans before the event at info(at)wenhammuseum(dot)org and briefly during the discussions. Guest’s historic artifacts and photography from their military service will be on display.

May 15th Pathways of Patriots sponsorship and tickets, reply today: Online at http://www.wenhammuseum.org/POP by E-Mail: info(at)wenhammuseum(dot)org, subject line Pathway Of Patriots, by Phone: 978.468.2377 Ext. 127 or by US Mail: Wenham Museum, Attn. Pathways of Patriots, 132 Main Street, Wenham, MA 01984. Please make checks payable to Wenham Museum. $55. of each July 15th $95. ticket is tax deductible. Find us on Facebook as Wenham Museum.

“The Vet Next Door”
Friday Evening July 15th Americans in Vietnam 1965-73

The Vietnam War polarized American society in ways not seen since the Civil War. The Wenham Museum is honored to assemble combat veterans who served at great cost during a time of political and social unrest. Whether they volunteered or were drafted, from rural America or a big city, the Vietnam Citizen Soldier did not enjoy the widespread public support their father had during World War II. As the “Vet Next Door”, all of these Patriots returned from active service with lessons of sacrifice and commitment that are important for all of us. Our conversations will focus on personal stories of lives before, during, and after their service. We will hear their reflections on experiences not widely known or understood by their fellow Americans who did not serve. These Veterans were recognized for service for our country on the ground and in the air during events such as the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley, the Tet Offensive, Operation Junction City, and many others. We will learn of these veterans’ lives before Vietnam, what they knew of Vietnam before they went, and what it was like to arrive at Tan Son Nhut airbase or Cam Ranh Bay. We will be privileged to hear their reflections on the daily life of a soldier in Southeast Asia, on combat and survival, and on the lessons learned from, and debt owed to, those who fell. The “Vet Next Door” returned to a country that had changed dramatically. We will hear about becoming a civilian again, and how their wartime experiences have influenced their views on citizenship, service, and patriotism. The Museum is also proud to announce, as part of the ongoing commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, our special guest Joanne Holbrook Patton, widow of Major General George Smith Patton III, who served in Vietnam as a Lieutenant Colonel, 2nd Medium Tank Battalion, 81st Armored Regiment of the 1st Armored Division and as Colonel, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Attendees will be able to submit written questions to the Veterans at info(at)wenhammuseum(dot)org before the event, and during the discussions. Guest’s historic artifacts and photography from their military service will be on display.

July 15th Pathways of Patriots evening sponsorship and tickets, reply today: Online at http://www.wenhammuseum.org/POP by E-Mail: info(at)wenhammuseum(dot)org, subject line Pathway Of Patriots, by Phone: 978.468.2377 Ext. 127 or by US Mail: Wenham Museum, Attn. Pathways of Patriots, 132 Main Street, Wenham, MA 01984. Please make checks payable to Wenham Museum. $25 of each July 15th $65. ticket is tax deductible. Find us on Facebook as Wenham Museum.

About the Wenham Museum

The accredited Wenham Museum, a designation given only to 6% of museums nationwide is a donor and visitor-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution founded in 1922. The museum’s mission is to protect, preserve, and interpret the artifacts of childhood, domestic life, and the history and culture of Boston’s North Shore. Wenham Museum was recently named by readers of Wicked Local online Best Museum and Best Local Gift Shop 2015. It is a family-friendly museum of childhood and New England life. Visit the museum’s model train gallery, world-renowned doll collection, vintage dollhouses, an interactive family gallery, extensive costume and textile collection, antique toys, historical photographs, and special exhibits and family programs. The historic Claflin-Gerrish-Richards House c. 1690, located on the museum’s grounds, offers tours upon request. Wenham Museum is conveniently located 29 miles north of Boston, at 132 Main Street in Wenham, Massachusetts, (978)-468-2377. http://www.wenhammuseum.org

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