The Cold War Museum Presentation Series
The Museum regularly (about every 3-4 weeks) has a series of presentations by eyewitnesses to, or other experts on, key Cold War events and activities. We've had about 40 to date. These presentations were in-person at the Vint Hill until the COVID-19 emergency required that we seek another format.
The presentations are currently 100% online in the Museum’s Zoom Room. While this has some disadvantages, it has the great advantage of allowing both our speakers and our audience to be sitting in their home offices anywhere in the world, and for both the presentations and our usual question-and-answer sessions afterward to continue as before.
We have a modest charge for tickets to these presentations ($20 in the online format) because they are an important source of income to allow us to have a physical presence as a Museum, with real artifacts where visitors can see the physical reality of Cold War technology and activities. The Presentation Series substantially helps maintain our usual free admission to the Museum on the weekends, so that visitors can bring their whole families and can enter without worrying about their budgets.
If you would like the chance not only to learn more about key Cold War events and activities but also to converse with eyewitnesses--people who were professionally trained to evaluate the significance of what they observed--and to other experts who have depth of knowledge of the context, please consider joining the conversation and engaging.
Here are the topics of the currently scheduled events, with links to more details and ticketing on the Museum’s pages on Eventbrite:
· 7/10/22— Naval aviator and Vietnam veteran Don Stanton on sub-chasing as a P-3 pilot in the Atlantic and Med. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/subchaser-finding-and-tracking-soviet-submarines-in-the-p-3c-tickets-221751273027
· 9/11/22—Andrew Krepinevich on Andrew Marshall, the first Director of the Office of Net Assessment at DoD, and the principal architect of the U.S.’s defense strategy for nuclear weapons under eight Presidents. He draws from The Last Warrior, his book on Marshall. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winning-without-doomsday-andrew-marshall-and-cold-war-defense-strategy-tickets-368509330327
· 10/9/22—U.S. Army LTC (Ret.) Dewey Browder on the crisis around the Soviet murder of Arthur Nicholson, the last casualty of the Cold War. Dewey was the Ass’t POLAD [foreign policy advisor to senior military] at HQ USAREUR [US Army—Europe] (1982-1986) and "worked the crisis day and night for a few weeks,” confronting the Soviets about Nicholson’s death. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-last-casualty-of-the-cold-war-tickets-368649288947
· 10/30/22-- Former Special Forces Berlin member James Stejskal on his book Special Forces Berlin; he went on to be a field operator for CIA for 25 years. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/special-forces-berlin-clandestine-cold-war-operations-tickets-369266745777
· 11/20/22--Understanding East Germany. Cold War Germany historian Sam Huneke of GMU on The Lives of Others (film), Deutschland ’83 (TV mini-series), and other award-winning media depictions of East Germany during the Cold War—where they are historically accurate and where they aren’t. LINK TBD