Upcoming Events

Monday, November 18, 7:00pm

Vietnam War Roundtable: POW in North Vietnam

NOTE: This event will be held at Concordia University, St Paul’s Buetow Auditorium.

Navy, Air Force, and Marine pilots and aircrew endured years of torture, hardship, and uncertainty after being shot down and captured. Navy F-4 Phantom “Back seater” David Wheat was shot down over North Vietnam on October 17 1965 and held for 7 ½ years in various North Vietnamese prisons, including the Hanoi Hilton until his release in 1973. Mr Wheat will discuss his naval service, being shot down and his experiences as a POW. For more information about the Roundtable Series, click here.

Monday, December 16, 7:00pm

Vietnam War Roundtable: Wounded in Action

NOTE: This event will be held at Concordia University, St Paul’s Buetow Auditorium.

Combat wounded veterans will discuss their experiences being wounded in action, evacuated from the battlefield and their recovery. Combat medics and military nurses will discuss their work treating and saving the battlefield wounded. For more information about the Roundtable Series, click here.

Monday, January 20, 7:00pm

Vietnam War Roundtable: Return to Vietnam

NOTE: This event will be held at Concordia University, St Paul’s Buetow Auditorium.

Many years after the end of the war veterans have returned to Vietnam and have had a variety of experiences, usually positive. Often these trips bring a sense of closure or open doors to new life experiences or opportunities. Veterans will discuss their experiences returning to the places in Vietnam where they served in their youth. For more information about the Roundtable Series, click here.

Monday, February 17, 7:00pm

Vietnam War Roundtable: Agent Orange

NOTE: This event will be held at Concordia University, St Paul’s Buetow Auditorium.

This topic rated of great interest by many of our 2018-19 roundtable attendees. In response, hear from local veterans and experts on the lasting impact of Agent Orange. For more information about the Roundtable Series, click here.

Monday, March 16, 7:00pm

Vietnam War Roundtable: The Fall of Saigon, 45th Anniversary

NOTE: This event will be held at Concordia University, St Paul’s Buetow Auditorium.

Saigon was captured by the North Vietnamese Army on April 30th 1975 effectively ending the Vietnam War. Marine Corps officer John Murray served as the USMC logistical officer during this event making sure that American evacuation helicopters were operational and overseeing the dumping overboard of escaping Vietnamese helicopters, for which there was no room on American ships. American military and civilian personnel and Vietnamese will discuss their experiences surrounding the fall of Saigon and the after effects of the North Vietnamese victory. For more information about the Roundtable Series, click here.

Monday, April 20, 7:00pm

Vietnam War Roundtable: The Invasion of Cambodia, 50th Anniversary

NOTE: This event will be held at Concordia University, St Paul’s Buetow Auditorium.

On April 30th 1970, President Nixon ordered American forces to invade Cambodia and destroy North Vietnamese military supply bases and sanctuaries. This aspect of Nixon’s “fighting withdrawal”, of US Forces from Vietnam brought Cambodia into the war and caused huge unrest in the United States. American veterans of the campaign and Cambodians will discuss the invasion and it’s legacy. For more information about the Roundtable Series, click here.

Monday, May 18, 7:00pm

Vietnam War Roundtable: 1970 Kent State and the Student Strike, 50th Anniversary

NOTE: This event will be held at Concordia University, St Paul’s Buetow Auditorium.

The invasion of Cambodia prompted unrest on campuses across the country, most notably at Kent State University in Ohio. On May 4, after several days of conflict, members of the Ohio National Guard killed four students and injured nine. These events inspired other student strikes, including at the U of M and Mankato State. Former student activists will recount these tumultuous times on MN campuses. For more information about the Roundtable Series, click here.

 


Past Events

3rd Monday of the Month, September - May

Vietnam War Roundtable

NOTE: This event will be held at Concordia University, St Paul’s Buetow Auditorium.

This new series is an opportunity for veterans (and those interested in the war and its legacy) to gather on a monthly basis to honor, remember and understand this tumultuous time.
For schedule of topics and more information, view the flyer by clicking Here.

Photo of Vietnam Roundtable event in 2019

Saturday, May 4, 11:00am - 12 noon

Curator's Corner

Free. Donations welcomed.

Hear about the museum's recent and most interesting acquisitions to our permanent collection and check out our latest selection of must-read books carefully culled from our shelves featuring 15,000 titles.

Saturday, May 25, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Tanks Up-Close (outdoors)

Free. Donations welcomed.

Explore up close our on-site tanks, learn of their importance on the battlefield and hear of first-hand heroics. Also browse our used book store for great deals; especially on related topics.

Photo of Tanks Up-Close event

Saturday, June 1, 11:00am - 12 noon

Curator's Corner

Free. Donations welcomed.

Hear about the museum's recent and most interesting acquisitions to our permanent collection and check out our latest selection of must-read books carefully culled from our shelves featuring 15,000 titles.

Thursday, June 6, 3:30pm - 7:oopm

Little Falls Big Dig

Free. Donations welcomed.
NOTE: This event will be held at Kiwanis Park in downtown Little Falls.

In honor of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, the museum will set up a small obstacle course and have military packs to try on for children of all ages. We will also have some educational items to learn about the significance of this day during WWII and the impact since the invasion happened. There will also be a 'Tribute Bell' that attendees can ring in honor of those in uniform. In addition to the museum's offerings, there will be a live concert by the Johnny Holm Band and food vendors available from 6:30pm - 9:30pm.

Saturday, June 8, 11:00am - 3:00pm

Remembering D-Day

Free. Donations welcomed.

75th Anniversary Commemoration. View a special display of related collection items and learn of Minnesotan experiences from this decisive day. Also get a preview of At War and At Home: The WWII Experience coming to the Stearns History Museum June 14-15.

Friday, June 14 - Saturday, June 15

At War and At Home: The WWII Experience

NOTE: This event will be held and the Stearns History Museum in St. Cloud, MN.

The museum grounds will be transformed to 1945. See what life was like for the soldier of WWII and visit with reenactors who portray US Army, Navy and Marine Corps personnel. Learn the difference between the European and Pacific Theaters, and watch equipment and tactical demonstrations. The Museum's plaza will transform to the American homefront. Programs and activities depict the importance of those who stayed on American soil during the war. For more information, click here.

Saturday, June 22, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Helicopters Up-Close (outdoors)

Free. Donations welcomed.

Explore up close our on-site helicopters, learn of their importance on the battlefield and hear of first-hand heroics from our guest speaker, Jerry Ryan. Also browse our used book store for great deals; especially on related topics.

Saturday, June 29, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

General Vessey Day in MN

Free. Donations welcomed.

The Minnesota Military Museum recently became the principal repository for the extensive collection of General John W. Vessey, Jr., the state's most decorated veteran. See select items of this collection for the first time on what would have been his birthday and the day now formally recognized by the State of Minnesota as General John Vessey Day.

Monday, July 1 - Wednesday July 3, 11:00am - 3:00pm

Gettysburg Revisited

Free. Donations welcomed.

Discover the individual stories depicted in the museum's recent acquisition of The Charge; an incredible painting by David Geister (davidgeister.com) that illustrates, in detail, the valiant actions of our 1st Regiment at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863. Explore other books and videos that offer perspectives on the battlefield then and discover how it remains relevant today. Educational materials provided.

Saturday, July 6, 11:00am - 12 noon

Curator's Corner & Used Book Sale

Free. Donations welcomed.

Hear about the museum's recent and most interesting acquisitions to our permanent collection and check out our latest selection of must-read books carefully culled from our shelves featuring 15,000 titles. Also browse our used book store for great deals on good reads.

Monday, July 8 - Sunday, July 14

Pan-O-Prog's 100th Anniversary of VFW Post 210

NOTE: This event will be held at Hasse Arena in Lakeville, MN.

The biggest to date Vietnam Traveling Wall is coming to Lakeville, Minnesota this July 8-14. The wall will be behind Hasse Arena and open 24/7. Other events take place at Hasse Arena including Veterans Hall of Heroes, Military History Displays, USO show, seminars and education. The Freedom Rock will be located at Aronson Park and the Pan O Prog parade on Saturday features military units and a vintage plane flyovers. For more information, click here.

Saturday, July 20, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Tanks Up-Close (outdoors)

Free. Donations welcomed.

Explore up close our on-site tanks, learn of their importance on the battlefield and hear of first-hand heroics from our guest speaker, James Mosser. Also browse our used book store for great deals; especially on related topics.

Saturday, August 3, 11:00am - 12 noon

Curator's Corner

Free. Donations welcomed.

Hear about the museum's recent and most interesting acquisitions to our permanent collection and check out our latest selection of must-read books carefully culled from our shelves featuring 15,000 titles.

Saturday, August 17, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Helicopters Up-Close (outdoors)

Free. Donations welcomed.

Explore up close our on-site helicopters, learn of their importance on the battlefield and hear of first-hand heroics. Also browse our used book store for great deals; especially on related topics.

Saturday, September 7, 11:00am - 12 noon

Curator's Corner

Free. Donations welcomed.

Hear about the museum's recent and most interesting acquisitions to our permanent collection and check out our latest selection of must-read books carefully culled from our shelves featuring 15,000 titles.

Sunday, September 15, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Camp Ripley Open House 2019

Camp Ripley will be hosting its biennial Open House Celebration. This year's theme is a dedication to the U.S. Air Force. There will be displays and vendors throughout the day with a ceremony by Camp Ripley from 12:00 noon - 12:45pm. For more information, please contact Tim Krouth at the Camp Ripley Visitors Bureau, 320-616-2714.

Monday, September 16, 7:00pm

Vietnam War Roundtable: Brown Water Navy

NOTE: This event will be held at Concordia University, St Paul’s Buetow Auditorium.

Wendell Affield arrived in Vietnam in early 1968 as a river assault boat cox’n, aboard the Armor Troop Carrier 112-11. The memory of this arduous journey and his return home are chronicled in his book Muddy Jungle Rivers. For more information about the Roundtable Series, click here.

Sunday, October 6, 12 noon - 3:00pm

Camp Ripley Court of Honor Ceremony

The annual Court of Honor Ceremony will be held at the museum grounds to dedicate and honor select veterans with distinguished military careers. If you are interested in previous honorees, view them on our website by clicking here.

Monday, October 21, 7:00pm

Vietnam War Roundtable: Medevac Pilots

NOTE: This event will be held at Concordia University, St Paul’s Buetow Auditorium.

Army medical evacuation pilots discuss their often dangerous work evacuating the wounded from the battlefield. Several pilots and medical personnel will discuss their life saving work between the battlefield and in the hospital. For more information about the Roundtable Series, click here.