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Upcoming Events and Public Programs

February 10, 2018, 2:00 PM
Poets, Politics and Poison Gas: The 42nd Rainbow Division Attacks

Military history author Pat Chaisson examines the origins of the U.S Army's 42nd "Rainbow" Division, and its combat service in France during World War I, focusing on the Aisne-Marne Offensive of July-August, 1918, and some of the unit’s notable characters such as poet Joyce Kilmer and future five-star general Douglas MacArthur.

February 17, 2:00pm
We Were There: Adirondack Survivors of Iwo Jima

Adirondack doctor Daniel Way, author of We Were There: World War II Stories from the Adirondacks’ Greatest Generation, recounts fascinating stories from some of his patients—World War II Marine veterans who served at the Battle of Iwo Jima.

March 3, 2:00pm
The Fighting Sixty-Ninth

A special screening of the 1940 classic film starring James Cagney based on the World War I exploits of New York’s famous 69th Regiment. Regimental Historian Bert Cunningham will provide an introduction and World War I artifacts related to the 69th, its commander, “Wild Bill” Donovan, and its chaplain, Father Francis Duffy, will be on display.

March 10, 2:00pm
Vietnam Reconsidered

A panel of Vietnam War veterans present a lively discussion of their wartime experiences and their reactions to Ken Burns’ monumental PBS series, “The Vietnam War.”

Mar.17, 2:00pm
Hidden in Plain Sight: Seals and Symbols of New York’s Military History

Marvin Bubie identifies and explains references to New York’s military heritage in many of the county, city, and town seals throughout the state.

Mar. 24, 2:00pm
New York’s Own Soldier Shows during World War I

Retired librarian and historical researcher David Fiske offers an entertaining look at the variety shows soldiers of the 27th Division, New York’s Own, produced and presented at home and overseas during the war.

April 7, 2:00pm
The Art of War: Civil War Sketch Artist Theodore Davis

Historian and author Bill Howard explores the life and works of Theodore Davis, an artist who illustrated the Civil War for the newspaper Harper’s Weekly. Although lesser known than his counterpart Winslow Homer, Davis was one of the most prolific artists to appear in the pages of Harper's and perhaps experienced firsthand the totality of the war more than any other person, from Charleston and the firing on Fort Sumter, to McClellan's Peninsula Campaign, and then on with Sherman's men on their famous march to the sea.




New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
last modified: January 8, 2018