WWII Revisited Living History
Axis and Allies Encamp on Museum Grounds
Boalsburg – The Pennsylvania Military Museum will host its annual World War Two living history program the weekend of May 25-26 at the PA Historical & Museum Commission site in Boalsburg, Centre County beginning at 10 a.m. each day. German, Austrian, American, Polish and French Resistance living historians will bivouac (camp) on the grounds interpreting the post D-Day advancement of Allies through the “Normandy” countryside.
“It’s really great to be able to honor the veterans and educate the public at programs like this,” says historical interpreter Pete Michel of Jackson, NJ. “The adults and kids really get into our impression of the WWII combat soldier and we get a kick from talking to vets young and old alike.”
A small squad tactical operation against entrenched Axis forces in the “hedgerow” countryside is scheduled for 1 p.m. each day. This narrated battle demonstrates the difficulty in command and control of troops in action. “Time and space are condensed for the purposes of our presentation,” says museum educator Joe Horvath. “Live action isn’t like a movie. No one person, participant or spectator, can see everything that’s happening all of the time. What we hope to interpret through the smoke and gunfire is the fog of war . . . the confusion.”
In addition to the military displays, a 1940’s style soldier’s canteen show will be presented for the troops and public at 3 p.m. on Saturday only. Erinn Diaz, Serah Haley and Heidi Shafer from First-in-Flight Entertainment blend the three-part harmonies and slapstick humor of the original Andrews Sisters Act into an unforgettable hour of song and dance. A donation is requested for all activities; please bring your own seating.
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