After our organization interviewed about two dozen individuals, we realized that many were great storytellers! Thus, the History in Our Backyard Lecture Series was born in 2012.
We are grateful to the Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum, Horsham, PA for allowing us to hold our first few live lectures at their facility. We relocated our live programming to The Fuge in Warminster, PA starting in November 2012.
Unless otherwise announced, we hold lectures on the second Thursday of the month at 7:30pm EST/EDT. Most events are now held as Zoom webinars, but we do schedule some live programming at The Fuge, including an Annual Veterans Tribute in November.
Note: you must be on our email distribution list in order to receive a Zoom link to this program. Email us at mail@ColdWarHistory.org if interested.
Our webinars are archived for on-demand viewing on our YouTube Channel .
Please refer to this link for a listing of past lecture topics and speakers: Link
March 14, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) is a United States Air Force base about 10 miles northeast of Dayton, Ohio. It includes both Wright and Patterson Fields, which were originally Wilbur …
April 11, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
Join us for a sneak peek into historian Greg Kennedy's upcoming book!
April 14, 2024 at 1 p.m.
Join us and our panelists for a special event celebrating the 75th anniversary of the end of the Berlin Airlift (1949.)
Paul Steege, PhD
Associate Professor of History
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
May 9, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
Join us as former RCA engineer Steve Dimedio recounts the history of Project Apollo's EVCS AM transmitters-- manufactured right in our backyard in Camden, NJ-- radios which assisted with biomedical monitoring of astronauts who walked on the moon!…
June 13, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
Join us and author Christopher Drew for a presentation on the history of daring and dangerous American submarine espionage during the Cold War.
Christopher Drew is an investigative reporter for The New York Times and a co-author of &ldquo…
July 11, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
Join us and historian and frequent guest of this webinar, David Stumpf, for a discussion on “Hit-To-Kill” Missile Defense-- how defensive missiles intercept incoming missile threats and collide with them in body-to-body impact.<…
July 20, 2024 at noon
Additional information to follow.
Aug. 8, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
Join us for the return of historian and author Stephen Walker for a presentation based on his book, SHOCKWAVE: Countdown to Hiroshima, a New York Times bestseller and a riveting narrative of the f…
Aug. 29, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
This presentation will focus on the formation and development of anti-Communist organizations comprised of political exiles from East-central and South-East Europe in the United States during the early Cold War.
Martin Nekola, Ph.D. recei…
Sept. 12, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
Join us and former Institute of Navigation Historial Marvin May for a history of inertial navigation.
Inertial navigation is used in a wide range of applications including the navigation of aircraft, tactical and strategic missiles, s…
Oct. 10, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
Join us and Scott Wiley, former docent at the National Air and Space Museum, for a presentation on Cold War nuclear weapons testing.
This presentation will explore…
Dec. 12, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
Join us for our final webinar in 2024 with a presentation by retired NASA Aerospace Composite Tech, also known as a NASA seamstress, Jean Wrig…