Charter Day Weekend at Military Museum
Film Festival and One-day Free Admission Mark Season Reopening
The Pennsylvania Military Museum, Centre County, will reopen for the season on March 8th with a World War II foreign film festival and free admission on Sunday.
Starting on Saturday at 10:00 a.m., from the producers of Das Boot, Stalingrad (150 minutes) follows a squad of German Storm Troopers from the shores of Italy to the steppes of Russia as they fight in the epic battle that turned the tide of the war. The second film for the day, In Tranzit (113 minutes) is a Russian-British production based on a true story of German POW’s mistakenly sent to a Soviet work camp for women. The guards and wardens are women seeking revenge for personal losses during the war. Regular admission rates apply on this date.
On Sunday, March 9th, the museum will open at Noon with free admission to commemorate the granting of the Charter from King Charles II to William Penn which founded “Penn’s Woods” in 1681. New to the gallery exhibits are three World War One propaganda art posters retrieved from the collection. Two are designed by American artists while the third was designed by Frenchman Maurice Neumont which shows the darker side of war.
“The U.S. posters are quite vivid works of art sponsored by an American governmental agency called the Committee on Public Information,” says museum educator, Joe Horvath. “The exhibition of these artifacts marks the beginning of our efforts to remember The Great War for the next four years.”
World War One is the scene for Sunday’s 1:30 p.m. movie with a 2010 Australian production , Beneath Hill 60 (122 minutes). Allied and German coal miners, employed as soldiers, tunnel beneath the same hill in Belgium in an effort to break the stalemate of war. All films are rated R for a mature audience.
The Pennsylvania Military Museum and 28th Infantry Division Shrine is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. For more information on the museum please call 814-466-6263 or visit www.pamilmuseum.org