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

Upcoming Events

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A History of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

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 …

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Legacy of Peenemünde

April 11, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.

Join us for a sneak peek into historian Greg Kennedy's upcoming book! 

In 1944…

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SPECIAL EVENT! Berlin Airlift Commemorative Symposium

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.)

Featuring:

Paul Steege, PhD
Associate Professor of History
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Project Apollo Radio Communications

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!…

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Blind Man's Bluff: American Submarine Espionage (aka SOSUS)

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…

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‘Hit-to-Kill’ Missile Defense

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.

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SPECIAL EVENT CELEBRATION! Projects Mercury and Apollo Celebration

July 20, 2024 at noon

Additional information to follow.

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Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima

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…

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Eastern European Exiles in Postwar America

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…

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Historical Perspectives on Inertial Navigation

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…

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Cold War Nuclear Weapons Tests: The ‘Atomic Age’ Matures

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…

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Sew Sister: The Untold Story of NASA’s Seamstresses

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…