Coffee and Conversation with Gary Kling

2nd and 4th Saturdays – 10 a.m.

The Broomfield Veterans Museum invites you to join us for Coffee and Conversation, where you can enjoy coffee, donuts, networking and a great presentation by a veteran or historian. In an informal setting, our Coffee and Conversation events provide museum visitors with an opportunity to listen to the stories of service and sacrifice, ask questions of our speakers and other veterans, see short videos and discuss the broader context of their experiences. Coffee and Conversation events in 2021 begin at 10 a.m. on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays each month.

Watch the Livestream

The museum is open and hosting Coffee and Conversation events in a safe and socially distanced manner. However, if you prefer to watch from home, we invite you to tune in via our YouTube livestream.

Upcoming Events

14 August – David Barrett is a professional historian and author. His presentation will focus on four principal topics in the last year of World War II: unconditional surrender, the escalation of the war, the Japanese wartime government, and finally, the key decisions made by the leaders in both Japan and the United States during the final months of the war, including the impending invasion of the Japanese home islands.

28 August – Mike Ebbing served with the White House Communications agency during the Nixon administration. One of his duties was switchboard operator at Camp David. Additionally, he traveled worldwide to insure the President could stay in contact with critical staff and military leadership.

11 SeptemberAndy Meverden (COL, ret) served 14 years on active military service with Military Intelligence, followed by 26 years as a Reserve/Guard chaplain. Andy deployed in 2002-2003 to Afghanistan with the Colorado Army National Guard Green Berets. There he established conversational English classes for Afghan high school boys and girls. He also led humanitarian missions to orphans and widows, and supported the local ex-patriot NGO community in Kabul. He will give a special talk, titled, “9/11 and Me: Impact of the Terrorist Attack on My Life and Subsequent Ministry in Afghanistan.”

25 SeptemberJohn Peticolas served a 25 year career in the US Navy and Naval Reserve, retiring with the rank of Commander (0-5). As a pilot he flew multiple aircraft, including the A-6 Intruder, the A-4 Skyhawk, and the P-3 Orion. His talk will focus on the ‘delicate ballet’ that occurs on the deck of modern aircraft carriers to execute aircraft operations.

9 October –  Jim Watson was a helicopter pilot serving with the 158th Aviation Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, in Vietnam from 1969 – 1970.  Jim will share his experiences supporting major operations in the I Corps area.

23 October –  Don Cygan is an Army veteran, historian, author, and past C&C presenter.  Don has a love for military history and his talk is titled “Guadalcanal: The Tipping Point of WWII in the Pacific.”

Coffee and Conversation Archive

You can check out recordings of our past Coffee and Conversation presentations online through our museum’s YouTube channel. To view the full list of videos with their associated links, please click on this link: Coffee and Conversation Digital Guide

We’d love to hear from you! Please share any feedback with us about these videos at coffeeandconversation@broomfieldveterans.org. We’d also love to hear any suggestions you have for topics and speakers.