History Connection

Where History Comes Alive

2014 Event Schedule

January 25, 2014 - Edmund Dubois - Author, WWII Veteran and retired Brigadier General. 2pm - Valley Orchards Retirement Community - 2100 E. Washington St. Petaluma.

During World War II, the author served in the South Pacific, with time spent in Australia, New Caledonia, and Guadalcanal, and he saw combat action in the Solomon Islands from New Georgia to Bougainville. He has had tours in Paris and Germany, three command positions, and assignments on the Army General Staff, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and with NATO.

http://edmundldubois.com/

March 1, 2014 - "THE PACIFIC REMEMBERED"

City Proclamation - Pacific War Remembrance Day

Location: Goltermann Gardens, 1100 Skillman Lane, Petaluma. 2pm

Featuring Petaluma Veterans:

Jack Krout, Army Air Corp.
Bob Harriot, US Army 1st Calvary 
Irv Giacomini, US Army Corp of Engineers
Owen Fredricks, Navy Pilot...and special guest!

This special series will share the remembrances of heartbreak, frustration, heroism, hope, and triumph experienced by the men who served during the campaign within the Pacific against the Japanese Empire during WW2.

See article: http://www.petaluma360.com/article/20140227/COMMUNITY/140229610/1362?Title=veterans-recall-the-war-in-the-pacific

 

MAY 10, 2014 - A Day with Timothy Ferris

Santa Rosa Junior College, Petaluma Campus, Carole L. Ellis Auditorium - 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway, Petaluma - 2pm Free admisssion.

Timothy Ferris has been called "the best popular science writer in the English language" by the Christian Science Monitor and "the best Science writer of his generation" by the Washington Post. Ferris has made three documentray films, all of which premiered in prime time on PBS - "The Creation of the Universe", "Life Beyond Earth" and "Seeing in the Dark". His work has been nominated for a Pulitzer prize.

Ferris also produced the Voyager phonograph record launched into space containing the message of human civilization now exiting the solar system!

City Proclamation/Jim Ocean Performance - Not to miss! See www.timothyferris.com

 

MAY 17, 2014 - Astronaut Story Musgrave Visit - details pending

Story Musgrave is one of NASA's most experienced Astronauts with a 30 year career spanning the Apollo era of the 1960's right through to the Space Shuttle program. Having spent over a thousand hours in space he is the only Astronaut having flown on all five Space Shuttles - a man with truly the right stuff!

May 23, 2014 - Purple Heart City Dedication/Ceremony

1:30pm Walnut Park, Petaluma

*If you are or know a local Purple Heart Veteran please call 707-776-7534 - all wars/generations! A group photo is being planned by the newly installed "Purple Heart City" signs

 

MAY 27 2014 - Astronaut Yvonne Cagle Day, City of Petaluma

Location(s):

Wilson Elementary School, 10:00am - 3775 Bodega Ave. Petaluma

Petaluma High School, 11:00am - 201 Fair Street, Petaluma

A special day that will  honor an incredible woman and inspire the young to reach for the stars!

AWARDS: Outstanding Young Women of America; National Defense Service Medal; Air Force Achievement Medal; United States Air Force (USAF) Air Staff Exceptional Physician Commendation; National Technical Association Distinguished Scientist Award; Commendation Marin County Board of Supervisors.

NASA EXPERIENCE: During May 1989, while a flight surgeon assigned to the 48th Tactical Hospital, United Kingdom, Dr. Cagle volunteered to serve as the Air Force Medical Liaison Officer for the STS-30 Atlantis Shuttle Mission to test the Magellan Spacecraft. She was assigned to the Trans Atlantic (TAL) Landing site at Banjul, West Africa, to provide emergency rescue and evacuation of the shuttle crew should it have been required. Dr. Cagle has contributed on-going data to the Longitudinal Study on Astronaut Health, and served as a consultant for space telemedicine. She was a member of the NASA Working Group and traveled to Russia to establish international medical standards and procedures for astronauts. She also conducted health screenings of Mir-18 consultants from the Russian Federation. Selected by NASA in April 1996, Dr. Cagle reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1996. She completed two years of training and evaluation, and is qualified for flight assignment as a mission specialist. Initially assigned to the Astronaut Office Operations Planning Branch, supporting Shuttle and Space Station, followed by a special assignment to NASA’s Ames Research Center. Dr. Cagle is currently assigned as the lead ARC Astronaut Science Liaison and Strategic Relationships Manager for Google and other Silicon Valley Programmatic Partnerships. Dr. Cagle’s groundbreaking work is preserving historic NASA space legacy data while, simultaneously, galvanizing NASA’s lead in global mapping, sustainable energies, green initiatives, and disaster preparedness
 

June 2014 - "Golden Holocaust" - Stanford professor and noted author of "The Nazi War on Cancer" Robert Proctor unpacks the sad history of an industrial fraud. Learn how the cigarette is the deadliest artifact in the history of human civilization.

“Lays out in head-shaking detail how a handful of companies painstakingly designed, produced, and mass-marketed the most lethal product on the planet.” (Mother Jones 2012-05-11)

See: http://www.stanford.edu/dept/HPS/proctor.html

August 9, 2014 -"A Hero Remembered " - Featuring Jonna Doolittle and Christine Olds.

Aviation Heroes as remembered by the daughters and granddaughter of Aviation legends Jimmy Doolittle & Robin Olds.

Jonna Doolittle Hoppes grew up an Air Force Brat and developed a passion for preserving military and aviation history.  The granddaughter of General James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, she has written two books: Calculated Risk, a biography/memoir about her grandparents and Just Doing My Job, a collection of 19 stories from World War II.  Her lecture series keeps her busy touring the United States and Europe.  Jonna works for the Department of Defense at Los Angeles Air Force Base.  She has appeared on numerous television programs including the History Channel’s Man, Moment, Machine and a special documentary on Jake DeShazer.  Jonna lives in Newport Beach, California. See: http://www.jonnadoolittlehoppes.com/

Christina Olds is the daughter of Robin Olds. She holds a Vassar College BA in English and creative writing and compiled her father’s writings to help complete Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds with Ed Rasimus, a retired USAF fighter pilot and author of When Thunder Rolled and Palace Cobra. See: http://www.commandposts.com/author/colds/
 

2014 - Adolfo Celaya Day - Mr. Celaya is one of the few WWII survivors of the USS Indianapolis. The Indianapolis was sunk by Japanese torpedo's and the crew left stranded in the ocean for 5 days. The event has been described as the worst shark attack in human history. Not to miss!

Mr. Celaya shares his story on YouTube:

http://youtu.be/x3lL9ZVayHQ

2014 - Art Ibleto City Proclamation - Mr. Ibleto is not only Sonoma Counties "Pasta King" but was part of the Italian Resistance in WWII - come hear his amazing story!

2014 - "Near Miss" - The Russian meteorite strike in 2013 reminded us how vulnerable earth is to near earth astoroids - A NASA Speaker Presentation.

2014 - Korean War Memorial - Petaluma, CA.

2014 - Military Veteran Flag Program (VVA563/City of Petaluma)

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Current & Prior Presentations Available on DVD! Please Call Petaluma Community Access 707-773-3190

Presentations on DVD include:

*An Evening with Tony Redhouse - Grammy Nominated Native American Performer, Eagle Dance, Hoop Dance, Healing energy.

*“Pitcairn Island, the Bounty Mutineers and Their Descendants”. A riviting presentation by Dr. Robert Kirk. Dr. Kirk's book is the first “full” written history of Pitcairn Island up to the present time. It tells of the incredible people, the tragedies and ancestral triumphs of the mutineer’s descendents.

* B17 Co-Pilot Phil Arnot Presentation, A veteran B-17 Co-Pilot of 22 missions in WWII and holder of France’s highest honor, The Legion of Honor Medal.  Renowned author Phil Arnot will share his experiences being a part of the crew in the plane that turned the tide of the war in Nazi Germany.

*Space Shuttle Astronaut - REX WALHEIM - A United States Air Force officer and a NASA astronaut. Rex has flown three space shuttle missions, STS-110, STS-122, and STS-135 and has logged over 566 hours in space, including 36 hours and 23 minutes of spacewalk (EVA) time. He was assigned as mission specialist and flight engineer on STS-135, the final space shuttle mission.

*Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall - Opening Ceremonies : http://youtu.be/g2LaK016QSw

HONOR, RESPECT, REMEMBER!

*"The Atomic Man" - Remembering the building of THE Bomb, secrets of the Manhattan Project. Presented by Marshall Davis/Donald Hanahan.

Mr. Hanahan, age 94, was part of the project team that isolated pure plutonium used in the construction of the Atom Bomb, being one of the elite group of scientists involved in the Manhattan project.

*Other past presentations also available on DVD: Apollo 14 Astronaut (Moonwalker) Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 9 Astronuat Rusty Schweickart, Space Shuttle Astronaut Jose Hernandez, WWII Ace Jim Morehead, Holocaust Survivors, Korean War Stories, David Morrison - NASA, Amelia Earhart Presentation, Vietnam Veterans Stories, Iraq/Afganistan Veterans...and many more!

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Please email your inquires or program ideas to History.Connected@gmail.com or call 707-776-7534

 

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Our mission is to share, understand and learn about history from those who lived it. To learn the where, when, why and how of the most famous and intriguing stories throughout the ages. History Connection will examine the great deeds and events of history. The triumphs of human endeavor, its humiliating defeats and just about everything in between. You will come face to face in the present with stories associated with the past, exploring decisions made long ago that effect the very way we live today.

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