There is a well known maxim, usually attributed to Football Coach Vince Lombardi, that "winning isn't everything; it's the only thing." However, in the decades since World War II, America's wars have not had the same clearly defined resolutions. To discuss the significance of this, the Museum's 2010 Symposium will focus on "The Termination of War." A review will be given of various wars' endings from World War I to the present, along with the factors and policy considerations involved.
The Symposium is open to the public.
Fredericksburg High School Auditorium
Highway 16 South at Milam, Fredericksburg, Texas
18 and 19 September 2010
$45 per person for Admiral Nimitz Foundation members
$55 per person for non-members
Box lunches are available on Saturday and Sunday for an additional $10 (each day). For those wishing to obtain Continuing Education Credits, they are available for $10 through Saint Edwards University. Attendees may enjoy a reception and dinner with the panelists Saturday evening in the Admiral Nimitz Museum Courtyard and Ballroom for $40 per person. The Symposium is FREE for Students (with appropriate ID -- not including meals) and students are encouraged to attend, but they MUST REGISTER
. Please provide Age, Grade, and School. Participants may register at this website (see link below) or they may call the Admiral Nimitz Foundation at 830-997-8600, ext. 200 or 207.
Online Registration is closed but tickets are still available for purchase at the door. The registration desk will open at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, 18 September at the Fredericksburg High School.
PLEASE NOTE: Packets will not be mailed. Please pick up packet at the registration table on the day of the Symposium.
The schedule will diverge from previous years to allow participants to tour the new George H.W. Bush Gallery and attend various book signings and other events at the Museum location.
Historians will present overviews of pertinent subjects, and veterans of various conflicts will be on hand to share their personal experiences. Program Director Helen McDonald recently stated that "this year's program will offer the opportunity to hear from veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and up through the Gulf War, as well as a truly remarkable gathering of authors and historians."
For accommodation and other information about Fredericksburg, please contact the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau at 888-997-3600, or check their website: www.VisitFredericksburgTX.org
. The symposium’s headquarters are: The Inn on Baron’s Creek, 308 South Washington St., telephone 866-990-0202.
Sponsors include the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, Texas Historical Commission, U.S. Naval Institute, Fredericksburg Independent School District, Texas Tech University and St. Edwards University.
Our generous donors include the Dr. Leon Bromberg Charitable Foundation, the Texas Hill Country Community Foundation, and the Vollette Charitable Foundation.
Friday Evening, 17 September
A special film has been selected to be shown at 5:00 p.m. at the Fredericksburg Stagecoach Theater on Highway 87S. Free to Symposium attendees (please show name tag or identify yourself as a Symposium attendee).
Saturday, 18 September
Historian Kelly Crager will serve as Moderator
Conclusions of U.S. Wars up to the End of World War I -- Historian Craig Symonds
The End of World War II in Europe, Including Yalta and Potsdam Meetings -- Author Michael Pearlman
WWII Negotiations and Cabinet Intrigue in Japan, Unconditional Surrender, Conclusion of War with Japan, Military Victory into Enduring Peace – Historian Richard Frank
General Anthony Zinni, USMC (Ret)
General Anthony Zinni is a retired four-star General in the United States Marine Corps and a former Commander in Chief of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). Presently, he is an instructor at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, a public speaker, and an author of two best-selling books on his military career and foreign affairs.
Legacy of World War II, Korean War, Armistice -- Historian Allan Millett
Museum Tours and Book Signings
Dinner with the Authors and Panelists in the Museum's Courtyard and Ballroom (advance reservations needed)
Sunday, 19 September
Vietnam War, Paris Treaty, Close of War -- Historian Lewis Sorley
Bosnia War and Dayton Paris Agreement, Gulf War, Cease Fire
Lessons Learned, Significance for Today and the Future -- Historian H.W. Brands
Cancellations must be received by 6 September, 2010. Otherwise, a $10 cancellation fee will be charged. Lunch and Dinner reservations are not refundable after 13 September. Tickets at the door are $55.