During the course of the year the KWNM will hold events at the Museum.
Our organization will communicate any events in advance and welcome you, your family, friends, and co-workers to participate to honor the Veterans.
Since the Korean War Armistice more than 60 years ago, the transformation of South Korea has been remarkable. A beacon of freedom and democracy in northeast Asia, South Korea has also become a global business leader with its three largest companies, Samsung, LG, and Hyundai, in the Fortune Global 500. The Korean conflict and attempts at resolution are still relevant today. The Museum’s speaker series features Veterans, scholars, and others from “The Forgotten War” to share memories and experiences, insights and perspectives, and to answer questions.
All events are scheduled for 2pm at the Denis J. Healy Freedom Center/Korean War National Museum in Springfield unless noted otherwise.
Please note: speakers subject to change. Additional events to be announced.
2017 Speaker Series and Events
Plans are underway for this year’s Speaker Series.
May 13 KWNM Annual Trivia Night at VFW — 7pm
Hosted by WCIA’s Matt Metcalf at the VFW 755, 2211 Old Jacksonville Rd, Springfield, IL. Doors open at 6pm for attendees to review silent auction items. The event begins at 7pm. Entry is $100 per table (maximum of 10 people) or $15 per individual. Space is limited. Reservations for team tables may be made by calling 523-7230 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The top two teams will get cash prizes.
The Trivia night will consist of 10 rounds of 10 questions on categories ranging from the Korean War to sports to music. Proceeds from the event support the Museum’s operations and programs.
VFW hall has cash bar. Attendees are welcome to bring their own food and snacks.
June 17 Darin Miller — Gun Show-and-Tell
We welcome back Darin Miller, who will discuss the various weapons the soldiers would have been equipped with on the battlefields of Korea. The display and presentation includes M1 Garand, M1 Carbine, M1911 pistol, grenades, and more. Guests will have a chance to hold some of the demilitarized pieces talked about following the presentation.
Darin Miller volunteers as a living historian at the Illinois State Military Museum and sits on the Illinois National Guard & Militia Historical Society board of directors. He also belongs to the Historic Reenactment Society based in Chicago and is a member of the 82nd Airborne 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Reenactment group. He’s traveled throughout the country attending various World War II living history events honoring the memory of veterans. He has a Master’s Degree in History from the University of Illinois at Springfield.
July 22 Movie: Finnigan’s War 5pm
Finnigan’s War is an award-winning film written by John Finnigan and narrated by Hollywood legend actor Mark Hamill (Star Wars). To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, actor/filmmaker Conor Timmis sets out on a year-long journey to honor his late grandfather and the heroes of America’s Forgotten War. Among other interviews, the film features an interview with Marine Corps legend Maj. Kurt Chew-Een Lee, the first Asian American regular Marine Corps officer who led 500 Marines through a blizzard to save thousands more from death or capture. Run time: 54 minutes.
August 12 Carl I. Greenwood — Frozen Chosin Veteran Experience
Former Gunnery Sergeant. Carl I. Greenwood, author of Once Upon a Life Time, comes to the Korean War National Museum to talk about the history of the Frozen Chosin Campaign and his experiences during the Frozen Chosin.
November 4 Dr. Bob Crowley and Don Vonnahme — Life of a Citizen Soldier
Two retired citizen-soldiers will present an informal account of aspects of their service of duty between 1950 -1970 led by Dr. Robert Crowley, a former Army captain who has followed the development of Pacific Asia, especially South Korea, through several decades. Dr. Crowley will be joined by former 1st Lieutenant Don Vonnahme (ROTC).
Events subject to change.
2016 Speaker Series
April 16 Robert Crowley, PhD/Don Vonnahme/Jerry Carlson–Life of a Citizen Soldier
May 21 Tom Jones–History of Combat & Medical Support
June 25 Frank Farrell–Forgotten Soldiers from Our Forgotten War
July 23 Dr. Bonnie Oh–American Occupation of South Korea
August 27 Dr. Edmund Wehrle–America’s “Forgotten War” and American “Longest War”: How the Korean War Haunted the Vietnam War
2015 Speaker Series
March 28 Maija Rhee Devine—Comfort Women of WWII with Focus on the Korean Comfort Women
April 25 Dr. Jinhee Lee–Women’s Experience of the Korean War
May 23 Bonnie Oh–Forgotten Soldiers of the Forgotten War
June 20 Darin Miller–Gun Show-and-Tell
July 25 Barth Bookhout–Racial Integration
November 7 Judge Richard Mills/ LTC Bernie Goulet, Army (RET)–Veterans’ Day Event
2014 Speaker Series
April 26 Jinhee Lee, Ph.D.
May 24 Edmund Wehrle, Ph.D.
June 28 Cecilia Cornell, Ph.D.
July 24-12noon Michael J. Devine Ph.D. and Re-Introduction of KWNM
August 9 – 2pm Movie: Chosin
August 16 – 2pm Movie: Finnegan’s War
August 16-5pm Movie: The Forgotten War: 1950-1953
November 8-2pm D. Richard Teike
November 8-3pm Floyd Cooper, Marine (Retired)
2013 Speaker Series
March 23 Jerry Seymour, Army (Retired)
April 27 David Shulke, Navy (Retired)
May 25 John E. Seitz, USMCR (Retired)
June 22 Maija Rhee Devine
August 29 Edmund Wehrle Ph.D.
September 14 Floyd Cooper, Marine (Retired)