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The Stories Military Uniforms Tell

Presented by Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum

with Director of Museum and Education, Tim Neff and Curator of Collections, Michael Kraus

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About Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust, Inc. is responsible for one of the only memorials in the United States dedicated solely to all of our military personnel, regardless of their branch of service, status, era or conflict. Our mission is to preserve a lasting tribute to those men and women who unselfishly gave of themselves in serving their country, particularly during American conflicts. Through educational outreach and programs supporting our veterans, we promote the significance of the facility to the community as a living memorial, an educational asset, and cultural treasure.

About the class

The symbols on a military uniform are key to understanding the story behind a soldier’s service. Join Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in this live class to learn how to read the patches, ribbons, pins, insignia and chevrons that reflect an individual’s military experience. You'll also use your skills of deduction to identify military patches as we play the “Patch Match” game.

Meet your instructors, Tim and Michael

Tim Neff, Director of Museum and Education: A social studies teacher, Neff began working at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in 2002. He has since developed an education department that offers a variety of interactive and engaging programs.

Michael Kraus, Curator of Collections: A well-known military historian, Kraus has authored several Civil War books and has been tapped as a consultant for numerous films and documentaries.


January 27
Wednesday @ 7:00 PM-7:45 PM EST
1 x 45min session (45 minutes)
All ages welcome
(Best for grades 5-10)

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Historical Viewpoints Collection

After you learn about the symbols on a military uniform, explore eras, holidays and traditions of the past with other classes in the Historical Viewpoints collection.