Coffee and Conversation with Gary KlingJoin us from 9-11 a.m. the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month for an informal presentation about a military conflict, branch or event.  Come early to enjoy light refreshments.

Coffee and Conversation Archive

Most of our Coffee and Conversation presentations are recorded and added to our museum’s YouTube channel. To view the full list of videos with their associated links, please click on the link below:

Coffee and Conversation Guide  

Upcoming Presentations

If you or someone you know is interested in presenting for a Coffee & Conversation, please contact: Mike Fellows ( or Ed Miccio (

12 October – Chuck Robbins served two tours in Vietnam from 1967-1969 as a medevac “dustoff” pilot, flying Hueys, and subsequently as a Cobra attack helicopter pilot. He will share his experiences and extensive photos and videos of his time in Vietnam.

26 October Flint Whitlock  is an award-winning author and military historian and frequent C&C speaker. He is a former US Army officer who served on active duty from 1965 to 1970, including a tour in Vietnam. His books include Soldiers on Skis, The Rock of Anzio, and The Fighting First, among others. He is Editor of WWII Quarterly magazine and a regular contributor to World War II and WW II History magazines. Flint will talk about Operation Dragoon, the often overlooked invasion of Southern France during WWII.

9 November –  John Steinle is an avid historian, author and has served as the Administrator for the Hiwan Homestead Museum in Evergreen.  John was a previous speaker for Coffee and Conversation.  He will tell the often-ignored story of the Revolutionary War campaigns of Josiah Harmar, Arthur St. Clair and Anthony Wayne.  His talk will also include a good bit of information about that rascal James Wilkinson.    John will bring period weapons, uniform and equipment.

23 November – Don Brookins will tell the story of his father who served as a young soldier in the 23rd Infantry Division in World War II.  When his unit was in a small town in Luxembourg in December 1944, he dressed as Father Christmas for a party the soldiers gave for the town’s children. The presentation includes showing a documentary video about this story.

14 December – Brandon Busch served with the US Marine Corps for 10 years, which included two combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a heavy-lift helicopter pilot.  He continues to serve as a Major in the USMC Reserves and recently started “Lift,”  a local specialty chocolate company.