Category Archives: Museums

Dallas Museum of Art offers cool summer entertainment

dma-logoReady to get out of the heat?The Dallas Museum of Art is a space of wonder and discovery where art comes alive! Free general admission every day! (Open Tuesday – Sunday)

Summer programs for the kids are available!

Public Transit: If coming by DART Rail, disembark at the St. Paul station and walk north up Harwood Street to the Museum.

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For more information, visit https://www.dma.org/.

Pearl Harbor Commemoration ceremony set for Dec. 5

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55e883ab95977.imageTo remember the thousands of Sailors, Marines, Soldiers, and Civilians that died AND survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941, the Texas Commandery of the Naval Order of the U.S. will hold its 30th annual commemoration ceremony on the deck of the Battleship USS Texas (BB-35) berthed at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site at 11:00 AM, December 5, 2015. The ceremony will last approximately one hour.

The ceremony is open to the public and access to the USS Texas is free for the ceremony. The San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site is located at 3523 Independence Parkway South, La Porte, 77571.

The keynote speaker will be Jill Allen. On December 7, 1941, Jill was 3 years old, and her father, Army Captain Loyd Jost, was a dentist at Tripler Hospital on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Captain Jost and other doctors, dentists, and nurses cared for hundreds of wounded men from the attack damaged ships at Pearl Harbor. Fortunately, none of her family was injured during the attack.

In addition to Texas Commandery Companions, other ceremony participants will be representatives from the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors who will read the names of survivors who have passed in the last two years and will assist in throwing a lei into the water as a memorial to the survivors and those who lost their lives; the Naval Sea Cadets; Sea Scouts; Civil Air Patrol Cadets; the South East Texas Patriot Guard Riders; the Invincible Eagle Band of Liberty, Texas; a Commemorative Air Force flyby (weather permitting); and, a U.S. Marine Corps Honor Guard for a gun salute.

The Naval Order of the United States is the oldest American hereditary exclusively naval society. The mission of the Naval Order is to preserve, promote, celebrate, and enjoy our Nation’s sea service history and heritage through commemorating important historical events, supporting the study of naval history, and the preservation of sea service historical artifacts, documents, and monuments.

The early Sunday morning surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by the Imperial Japanese Navy served as the catalyst for the United States entry into World War II in both the Pacific and European theaters. Over 2,300 Americans were killed, and more than 1,200 were wounded when over 350 Japanese planes struck U.S. soil. A quote that is often attributed to Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, but never verified that he either said it or wrote it down, encapsulated the feelings and mood of the American people following the attack: “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

This ceremony pays tribute to both those who perished and those who survived the horrendous attack on Pearl Harbor 74 years ago on December 7, 1941.

New Lone Star Flight Museum to Include High Tech Aviation Learning Center

The Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA

The Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA

The Lone Star Flight Museum announced that it has entered into an agreement with The Museum of Flight, Seattle, Washington to install an Aviation Learning Center (ALC) in the new $35 million museum. The ALC is a computer and simulator based facility that will be used to teach middle and high school students. The multi-room educational facility is used to introduce students to the concepts of aviation and the science, technology, engineering, and math critical to flight. The Lone Star Flight Museum will be partnering with the Texas-based aircraft company, Mooney International Inc. headquartered in Kerrville, Texas, which will provide the aircraft for the Center.

“We are pleased to partner with the Museum of Flight and Mooney International to bring this exciting educational tool to Texas,” said Scott Rozzell, Chairman of the Board, Lone Star Flight Museum. “Houston will be home to only the second ALC in the country.”

The Aviation Learning Center will provide an interactive learning environment for students in grades 5 – 12 focusing on aircraft identification, aerodynamics, traffic control, and more. It will be aligned with Texas academic standards in order to assist educators in their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) project based curriculum.

“STEM education is an important part of the mission of the Lone Star Flight Museum,” said Dr. Bonnie Dunbar, Director of the University of Houston’s STEM Center and Director/ Co-Chair of the Education Committee of Lone Star Flight Museum. “The ALC will allow the museum to expand its operations to meet the STEM needs of our next generation of youth in a fun and challenging way.”

The Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA

The Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA

The new 130,000 square-foot Lone Star Flight Museum will be located on 13 acres at Ellington Airport. The museum will feature hangars full of vintage aircrafts as well as interactive, educational exhibits focusing on aviation history, science, technology, and more allowing visitors to explore and experience the history of Texas’ aviation heritage.

The Museum plans to open the new museum at Ellington in early 2017. Until then visitors are welcome at the existing facility at Galveston Scholes Field.

For more information on Lone Star Museum see: http://www.lsfm.org/.