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The lecture series continues October 25, 2021 with The Navy in Vietnam

Silversides Museum USS Silversides Museum, 1346 Bluff St, Muskegon, MI

Monday nights lecture is by Laura Orr. Laura is the Director of Education at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum in Norfolk, Virginia. Prior to that, she was the Education and Volunteer Coordinator at Fort Monroe’s Casemate Museum, and the Director of Interpretation and Education at Stratford Hall, the home of the Lees of Virginia. She […]

The next Monday night lecture on the 1st of November is on The Corpsman’s Experience in Vietnam

Silversides Museum USS Silversides Museum, 1346 Bluff St, Muskegon, MI

During the Vietnam War, Michael Kuklenski was assigned to a group of Marines.  A deeply religious man, Kuklenski served as a conscientious objector, refusing to carry a gun with him into combat zones.  On May 29, 1969, his group was attacked.  Despite being wounded on three separate occasions, Kuklenski continued to treat his wounded Marines […]

The Monday Night Lecture! The Home Front!

Silversides Museum USS Silversides Museum, 1346 Bluff St, Muskegon, MI

Speaker, LT. Colonel Ron Janowski retired US Army talks about the Home Front during the war. The war raged on a different Continent, but separate conflicts took place on the home front. An active civil rights movement was taking place along side a movement to end the war in Vietnam. Please join us on Monday […]

The Final Lecture in the Vietnam War series Nov. 15, 2021!

Silversides Museum USS Silversides Museum, 1346 Bluff St, Muskegon, MI

Fred Johnson Fred Johnson tells us how the Vietnam War effected future military operations and foreign policy in American politics to this day!   As always, The Lecture will begin at 6:00pm at the museum located 1346 Bluff Street, Muskegon, Michigan. If you are unable to attend in person, please contact Teresa Folkmier at [email protected] […]

The Silversides Spring Lecture series

Silversides Museum USS Silversides Museum, 1346 Bluff St, Muskegon, MI

The Silversides Spring Lecture series begins!   February 21, 2022- Ron Janowski The Road to WWII World War II, a worldwide event that changed humanity forever. Tonight’s lecture will discuss the road to war in the Pacific. The Lecture Series will begin at the museum located 1346 Bluff Street, Muskegon, Michigan. If you are unable […]

A true story of Survival in Japanese occupied waters during WWII.

Silversides Museum USS Silversides Museum, 1346 Bluff St, Muskegon, MI

Director Peggy Maniates brings you an incredible true story of courage and perseverance.   In August of 1944, a submarine sets out on a war patrol in Japanese occupied Water. The sub strikes a mine and sinks in under a minute.  Join us as the museum tells the horrendous story of the brave men of […]

March 7, 2022, Fred Johnson – The 5 American Presidents who Served in WWII

Silversides Museum USS Silversides Museum, 1346 Bluff St, Muskegon, MI

What do Presidents George H.W. Bush, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Gerald R. Ford, and Richard Nixon have in Common (Other than being President) they all served in the Pacific Theater during WWII. (Jimmy Carter was at the Naval Academy until 1946, Reagan’s eyesight was bad, he did limited duty in the US and […]

March 14, 2022, Fred Johnson – Doolittle and the USS Hornet

Silversides Museum USS Silversides Museum, 1346 Bluff St, Muskegon, MI

The early days of WWII in the Pacific brought bad news every day. America needed a win and quickly. In walks, James Harold “Jimmy” Doolittle (1896-1993) was a pioneering pilot, aeronautical engineer, combat leader, and military strategist whose career stretched from World War I to the height of the Cold War. He is most famous for […]

March 21. 2022 Fred Johnson- China Burma India

Silversides Museum USS Silversides Museum, 1346 Bluff St, Muskegon, MI

China-Burma-India Theater (1941–45). The China‐Burma‐India (CBI) theater has been dubbed “the forgotten theater” of World War II. Once the United States entered the war, American strategy called for building up China as a source of manpower, as a base for bombers and the eventual invasion of Japan, and as a pro‐American regional power in the postwar era. […]

MARCH 28, 2022 The USS Silversides the boat, the men, and the war.

Silversides Museum USS Silversides Museum, 1346 Bluff St, Muskegon, MI

Come and listen to USS Silversides staff members Don Kitchen and Teresa Folkmier-Troutman discuss the Pacific war years of our venerated and decorated war veteran and her valiant crew. Don and Teresa will talk about the boat itself, the official version of how the Silversides was so successfully utilized during the war, and stories from […]

April 25, 2022 Ron Janowski- MacArthur’s Return to the Philippines

Silversides Museum USS Silversides Museum, 1346 Bluff St, Muskegon, MI

During World War II’s Pacific Campaign, General Douglas MacArthur, along with his family, were located on the island of Corregidor where he oversaw more than 90,000 American and Filipino troops in the battle against the Japanese military. As neighboring strongholds fell to the Japanese, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt grew concerned that Corregidor would also fall […]

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