Date with History: This Will Not Stand (Virtual)

Event Details

Thu, Aug 5, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Online Event

1s151 Winfield Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60189

Virtual Date With History
Thursday, August 5
7:00 PM CDT Online via Zoom
Free Event but Registration Required


An exhibit at the U.S. Army Heritage Museum, U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle PA

The Persian Gulf War was said to be the most concentrated and complex projection of American military power since World War II. In 1990-1991, America led a coalition of 35 countries and sent over a half-a-million servicemen and women to defeat Saddam Hussein’s Army, who at that time was the fourth largest Army in the world. Utilizing USAHEC’s rich artifact and archival collection, the story of how the war unfolded and was fought is told by top level leaders and decision makers, Soldiers and those at home. The exhibit looks at the Army’s presence in the Persian Gulf after World War I through the present day and includes a discussion of both geo-political factors and the strategic setting to help put this war into context for our visitors. The exhibit also provides a discussion of the significant changes and transformation that occurred within the Army after Vietnam through its deployment to the Persian Gulf, which ultimately led to its success in the Gulf War.

The exhibit’s curator, Molly Bompane will discuss the exhibit’s development, significance and historical context. Ms. Bompane is joined by Mr. Jeff Hawks, the Education Director from the Army Heritage Center Foundation. Mr. Hawks not only brings his experience as an educator to the conversation, but his unique perspective as a veteran of the Gulf War.


Mr. Jeff Hawks is the Education Director for the Army Heritage Center Foundation where he oversees numerous educational programs including professional development programs for teachers, the Veterans Oral History Project, The Soldier Experience Adventure Camp, and National History Day in Pennsylvania.

Jeff is a Pennsylvania certified public-school teacher with over twenty years of experience in secondary and higher education.  He previously served as Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut and Eastern Connecticut State University, and as a student-teacher and substitute teacher in the Carlisle Area School District, Carlisle, PA.  Jeff holds a BA in Philosophy and a master’s in political science with a concentration in Political Theory, International Relations, and American Politics from the University of Connecticut.

Jeff is a veteran of the United States Army.  His service in the Infantry included more than 20 missions on the DMZ in Korea, fighting forest fires in Oregon, and six months in Saudi Arabia and Iraq during Operation Desert Storm.

Ms. Molly Bompane, a native of Massachusetts, graduated from the George Washington University with a B.A. in Archaeology in 1994. She spent over a decade working as an archaeologist for various cultural institutions and engineering firms specializing in Cultural Resource Management. In 2005, Ms. Bompane began her Army Museum career working at the First Armored Division Museum in Baumholder, Germany. In 2007, she became as the Curator of Photography at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) and later the Chief of Digital Initiatives. In 2012 she accepted the position of Chief Curator, U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) and worked in Wiesbaden, Germany from February 2013 to August 2017. Ms. Bompane rejoined the staff of the USAHEC as the Curator of Arms and Ordnance in August of 2017. Among her many responsibilities, Ms. Bompane served as Curator and Team Lead for USAHEC’s latest exhibition This Will Not Stand: The U.S Army’s Road to Victory During the Persian Gulf War, which opened on November 2020.


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