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 veteran, see short videos and discuss the broader context of their experiences. Coffee and Conversation events in 2024 begin at 10 a.m. on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays each month. Coffee and Conversation with Gary Kling

Watch the Livestream

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

Upcoming Presentations 

*****C & C will be on hiatus for the month of July. Come on a Saturday in July @10am to check out a military-themed film.******

10 AugustMatt Ake is a retired US Air Force officer (LTC) and current volunteer with the
Veterans Museum. His talk will provide an overview of Finland’s involvement in WWII,
specifically the Finnish-Russo War (1939-1940), the “Continuation War” (1941-1944) and the
“Lapland War” (1945). This is a prelude to the following talk by Liisa Hale.

24 AugustLiisa Hale will tell the story of her family in Finland during WWII. Her father served in the
Finnish Army as a battalion commander in the Finnish-Russo war and subsequent conflicts. Her
father was captured by the Russians, but escaped to Sweden and eventually the US, where he
joined the Army. Liisa and her mother and sisters, after several attempts, escaped to Sweden and
were reunited with her father in 1948.

14 SeptemberBeatrice Querel is a French native and a member of the Alliance Francaise of
Denver. Their mission is basically to provide a cultural and language center for French people
in Denver and those interested in French language and culture. She will talk about the French
resistance during WWII with a focus on the German submarine pens in the area around
Lorient and Brest.

28 SeptemberDavid Barrett is a noted author and previous C&C presenter. He will tell the story
of nine US Navy Destroyers off Omaha Beach on D-Day. The ships closed within several
hundred yards to the beach, firing over 9,000 rounds at German positions to help breakup the
slaughter of our landing forces.

12 OctoberGary Bjorge is a retired Naval Officer and former faculty member at the U. S. Army’s
Command and General Staff College, where he served for over 30 years.  He is fluent in Chinese
and Japanese.  He served as a Chinese translator at Panmunjom during his service in the U.S. Navy. His
talk will focus on current Chinese military thinking.

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.