2015 History Lecture Series
 
January 29
Mission to Tokyo
7 p.m.  Free, but donations accepted to support historic preservation
Author Robert F. Dorr will speak about the experiences of American airmen in the Pacific and his own experience researching and writing about them.  The talk is drawn from his book, "Mission to Tokyo", a character-drive, Stephen Ambrose-style history of B-29 Superfortress bomber crews and their leaders in World War II.  Mr. Dorr says he has some new insights into the final months of the allies' war against Japan, including the March 10, 1945 firebombing of the Japanese capital and the bombing of Hiroshima.  Dorr's presentation includes real-life characters as diverse of Curtis LeMay and Yoko Ono, and even a couple of little-known facts about the Pentagon. 
Old Manassas Courthouse 9248 Lee St., Manassas, VA, 703-792-4754
 
February 26
Air Cav Reminiscences of a Vietnam Veteran
7 p.m.  Free, but donations accepted to support historic preservation
In commemoration of both Black History Month and the 50th Anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War, join us for a unique look at the war in Vietnam.  The story will be shared by Mr. John Davis, US Army retired, an African-American soldier who served in D Troop 3rd Squadron 5th Cavalry, which was a reconnaissance branch of the 9th Infantry Division.  Air Cav was a new concept during the Vietnam War.  Mr. Davis will recount his experiences while "in country". 
Old Manassas Courthouse 9248 Lee Street, Manassas, VA 703-792-4754
 
March 26
Vietnam:  Through a Marine's Eyes
7 p.m.  Free, but donations accepted to support historic preservation
As we remember the 50th Anniversary of US Marines landing in Vietnam, we welcome retired US Marine Bill Peters for a view of Vietnam through his eyes.  This is a non-political slide presentation detailing and showcasing America's fight against communism in Vietnam between 1969 and 1970.  Mr. Peters was an infantry platoon commander in Vietnam.  He will show us details about the numerous daily challenges faced by his platoon of "grunts". 
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Street, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754
 
April 30
Missing in America Project:  "You are not Forgotten!"
7 p.m. Free, but donations accepted to support historic preservation
Join representatives of the Missing in America Project as they provide details on their mission to locate, identify and inter the unclaimed cremated remains of American veterans through the joint efforts of private, state and federal organizations.  Their goal is to honor and respect those who have served this county by securing a final resting place for these forgotten heroes. 
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Street, Manassas VA, 703-7924754
 
May 21
The 1945 War in the Pacific
7 p.m. Free, but donations accepted to support historic preservation
Representatives from the United States Marine Corps Historic Company will give an in-depth program on two of the most important amphibious operations in the Pacific Theater during the final year of World War II.  The landings on Iwo Jima (code name Operation Detachment) and Okinawa (code name Operation Iceberg) were conducted in an effort to achieve a strong foothold from which mainland Japan could be attached.  Casualties on Iwo Jim were staggering and the landing at Okinawa was the largest amphibious operation of World War II. 
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, Manassas VA, 703-792-4754
 
Inclement Weather Policy
If Prince William County Public Schools are closed or school activities are canceled, the Lecture will be canceled as well.  Updates will be posted on the Prince William County Historic Preservation Foundation Facebook page as well.