One of the region’s specialists in presenting military history is hosting a series of events this weekend to kick off its annual fundraising campaign.
Calling it a living history encampment, the General George Patton Leadership Museum is hosting a few events this weekend focused on the legendary general’s legacy and WWII history.
Two different events are offered on Friday. The first is at 11:30 a.m. at the museum where author Denny Hair presents his Patton Hidden in Plan Sight series.
The presentation is based on a six-volume book series by Hair, a 31-year retired veteran of the Houston Police Department who has lectured on Patton’s life and times at several events.
That evening, the museum foundation hosts Patton & Bourbon, its annual 2022 Support Campaign kick-off event, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Boundary Oak Distillery.
The climax of the event is at 6:30 p.m. with a performance by Hair as the museum’s namesake.
Following Friday’s festivities, Jody Ingalls presents her WWII show Sentimental Journey: Songs that Brought the Boys Home, which will highlight information about women during the war as well as artists.
The event begins at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the museum in the Abrams Conference Room.
Ingalls, owner of Encore History, sings various songs from this period and plays various historical figures, including Vera Lynn. She also performs as one of the Andrews Sisters, which was a singing group.
A few years ago, Ingalls then developed a Fort Knox portion of the show based on various research she did from Courier-Journal articles from the 1940s.
“It brings in some of the best, in my opinion, some of the best songs that have ever been written,” she said. “They are great fun to listen to.”
Ingalls said Saturday’s show is an hour long with a question-and-answer session afterwards.
Terry Owens, director of community outreach and development, said organizers want to continue to expand the museum and create a regional footprint with weekend events like these.
She said the museum’s exhibits and appearance have changed since the museum reopened after a closure about a year ago, but they still want residents who live nearby to remain active at the museum.
The museum continues to be part of recruiting efforts to help develop citizens, soldiers and their families through history-related events, like this weekend, and other activities, Owens said.
“It’s Patton’s legacy and leadership principles of how you build a better citizen and soldier, and it ensures that that citizen and soldier’s family understands…commitment,” he said. she declared.
The museum is open that day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free but donations are encouraged.
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