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Intrepid
 
 
 
The Intrepid Museum is pleased to welcome home Former Crew Members of the USS Intrepid as we celebrate the ship's 70th anniversary. The Homecoming Weekend is open to the public, and will feature programs and events specifically tailored for our Former Crew Members and their families.

The highlight of the weekend will be the 70th Commissioning Anniversary Ceremony, taking place on August 16 at 11:00am. Education demonstrations and Tour Guide Talks will take place throughout the weekend, and curators will give special presentations related to a new exhibition: Working Below Decks. We will also be collecting oral histories, and visitors will have the chance to connect with other Former Crew Members and meet the staff of the Museum.

If you are a former crew member or family member planning on visiting the Museum during Homecoming Weekend, please register in advance by contacting Colin Walfield, Homecoming Weekend Coordinator, at cwalfield@intrepidmuseum.org or 646-381-5274.
 
Friday, August 16
Time Event Location
10:00am — 6:00pm, Open All Day Pop-Up Exhibit: Working Below Decks

Operating the aircraft carrier Intrepid required the skills of 3,000 men, many of whom worked below decks — far from the excitement of the Flight Deck.

In this Pop-Up Exhibit, the Intrepid Museum will highlight a few of these occupations through original ship equipment that has never before been on public display. Among the equipment to be showcased is a vintage laundry press, illustrating the demanding task of keeping the crew looking clean and pressed to Navy standards. These authentic pieces of equipment reveal the behind-the-scenes occupations that were essential to the operation of Intrepid.
Hangar 1
10:30am, 12:30pm & 2:30pm Education Demonstrations: Life in a Vacuum

What happens to the human body when exposed to the vacuum of space? Join us in the Space Shuttle Pavilion for an exciting demonstration on this breathtaking topic. The answers might surprise you! Intrepid Educators will facilitate a family friendly, interactive demonstration about why astronauts need to live within a closed environment at all times.
Space Shuttle Pavilion
11:00am — 12:00pm Commissioning Ceremony

The Commissioning Ceremony, commemorating the 70th anniversary of USS Intrepid, will include several speakers, a wreath laying, and cake cutting, a tradition the Intrepid crew enjoyed during each major anniversary.
Flight Deck
2:00pm
Tour Guide Talk: Six Ships named Intrepid

From a bomb ketch in Tripoli harbor to the mighty aircraft carrier that stands today, hear the stories of the four US Navy ships to bear the name Intrepid. This 15-minute interactive talk will also look at two spaceships named Intrepid: one real, one from science fiction.
Hangar 1
3:00pm — 5:00pm Meet the Former Crew Members

Ever wonder what it was like to live and work on board an aircraft carrier? Meet the men who served aboard the Intrepid. Learn, firsthand, about their different jobs, ports of call visited, and experiences during their time of service.
Hangar 2
3:30pm A Battlefield Still: The 70th Anniversary of Intrepid in WWII

This 45-minute presentation will highlight the role of USS Intrepid in the Second World War. While many of the other activities planned for Homecoming Weekend are focused on aspects of life on board, this presentation is designed to emphasize how the ship and its crew contributed to victory in the Pacific Theater and at what cost. Seventy years later, Intrepid remains a battlefield, a place where World War II was fought and won. The experiences of and sacrifices made by those on board Intrepid in World War II have imbued the ship with a significance that transcends time.

After the talk visitors will have the opportunity to meet Intrepid Former Crew Member, Jerry Gottlieb, MM3CL, and learn firsthand about his experiences on board Intrepid during World War II.
Lutnick Theater
 
 
Saturday, August 17
Time Event Location
10:00am — 6:00pm, Open All Day
Pop-Up Exhibit

Operating the aircraft carrier Intrepid required the skills of 3,000 men, many of whom worked below decks — far from the excitement of the Flight Deck. In this Pop-Up Exhibit, the Intrepid Museum will highlight a few of these occupations through original ship equipment that has never before been on public display. Among the equipment to be showcased is a vintage laundry press, illustrating the demanding task of keeping the crew looking clean and pressed to Navy standards. These authentic pieces of equipment reveal the behind-the-scenes occupations that were essential to the operation of Intrepid.
Hangar 1
10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm & 4:30pm
Education Demonstrations: Life in a Vacuum

What happens to the human body when exposed to the vacuum of space? Join us in the Space Shuttle Pavilion for an exciting demonstration on this breathtaking topic. The answers might surprise you! Intrepid Educators will facilitate a family friendly, interactive demonstration about why astronauts need to live within a closed environment at all times.
Space Shuttle Pavilion
11:00am

Intrepid - Her Legacy

Gain an insight into the role that Intrepid played as a special attack carrier during its three rotations in Vietnam from 1966 to 1969. The ship provided distinguished service as a modified World War II carrier, originally assigned to Dixie Station but called to service at Yankee Station with the more modern carriersservice that truly exemplifies why Intrepid is known as the Fighting I.
Lutnick Theater
11:00am — 2:00pm

Make a Crew Patch

Intrepid crew members expressed their creativity about their roles and jobs aboard the ship by creating handmade patches. Our educators will help you create your own patch and turn it into a button so you too can show off your skills!
Discovery Deck
11:00am — 3:00pm Meet the Former Crew Members

Ever wonder what it was like to live and work on board an aircraft carrier? Meet the men who served aboard the Intrepid. Learn, firsthand, about their different jobs, ports of call visited, and experiences during their time of service.
Hangar 2
11:30am
Curator Talk: Intrepid's Sick Bay, Pop-Up Exhibit

Intrepid's Medical Department handled all medical situations from routine preventative care to emergency surgery. Learn about medical care on Intrepid with the Museum's Curator of History. Meet at the operating table on display in Hangar 1.
Hangar 1
12:00pm

Tour Guide Talk: Six Ships named Intrepid

From a bomb ketch in Tripoli harbor to the mighty aircraft carrier that stands today, hear the stories of the four US Navy ships to bear the name Intrepid. This 15-minute interactive talk will also look at two spaceships named Intrepid: one real, one from science fiction.
Hangar 1
1:00pm
Tour Guide Talk: American Aircraft Carriers in World War II

On December 7, 1941 the United States had just seven aircraft carriers in service. During the first two years of war, these legendary vessels fought against the odds to hold the Japanese back long enough for a new fleet to be built. During this interactive presentation, Museum guests will become these legendary aircraft carriers as our Tour Guide leads you through the major events of the Pacific War. From seven ships, down to a handful of battle-scarred survivors, you will experience the sacrifices that made possible the construction of the greatest naval force the world has ever seen. Tour Guide Talks are free with general admission.
Hangar 1
3:00pm

Tour Guide Talk: Six Ships named Intrepid

From a bomb ketch in Tripoli harbor to the mighty aircraft carrier that stands today, hear the stories of the four US Navy ships to bear the name Intrepid. This 15-minute interactive talk will also look at two spaceships named Intrepid: one real, one from science fiction.
Hangar 1
3:30pm
Curator Talk: Intrepid's Laundry, Pop-Up Exhibit

Washing, drying, and pressing clothing for 3,000 men took organization and stamina. Join the Museum's Curator of History to learn about the men who worked in Intrepid's laundry room. Meet at the laundry press on display in Hangar 1.
Hangar 1
 
 
Sunday, August 18
Time Event Location
10:00am - 6:00pm, Open All Day
Pop-Up Exhibit

Operating the aircraft carrier Intrepid required the skills of 3,000 men, many of whom worked below decks — far from the excitement of the Flight Deck. In this Pop-Up Exhibit, the Intrepid Museum will highlight a few of these occupations through original ship's equipment that has never before been on public display. Among the equipment to be showcased is a vintage laundry press, illustrating the demanding task of keeping the crew looking clean and pressed to Navy standards. These authentic pieces of equipment reveal the behind-the-scenes occupations that were essential to the operation of Intrepid.
Hangar 1
10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm & 4:30pm
Education Demonstrations: Life in a Vacuum

What happens to the human body when exposed to the vacuum of space? Join us in the Space Shuttle Pavilion for an exciting demonstration on this breathtaking topic. The answers might surprise you! Intrepid Educators will facilitate a family friendly, interactive demonstration about why astronauts need to live within a closed environment at all times.
Space Shuttle Pavilion
11:00am - 1:00pm
Access Family Program for Children with Developmental or Learning Disabilities, aged 5-17

This two-hour program based on rotating themes includes a tour of the Museum and an art-making activity intended to engage the entire family.
Intrepid Museum Complex
11:30am
Curator Talk: Intrepid's Print Shop, Pop-Up Exhibit

Printed material was essential for communication on board Intrepid. Join the Museum's Curator of History for an introduction to Intrepid's print shop and the men who printed memos, newsletters and top-secret documents. Meet at the printing press on display in Hangar 1.
Hangar 1
12:00pm

Tour Guide Talk: Six Ships named Intrepid

From a bomb ketch in Tripoli harbor to the mighty aircraft carrier that stands today, hear the stories of the four US Navy ships to bear the name Intrepid. This 15-minute interactive talk will also look at two spaceships named Intrepid: one real, one from science fiction.
Hangar 1
1:00pm Intrepid in the Cold War

After 5 years in the "Mothball Fleet," Intrepid was reborn with a new look and new crews. Through Mediterranean ports of call, royal weddings, NATO exercises, astronaut recovery, and hunting Russian submarines, Intrepid its crews faced the highs and lows of Cold War carrier service with a determination worthy of the name, The Fighting I. This 30-minute presentation will cover USS Intrepid's service post-World War II through 1966.
Lutnick Theater
2:00pm

Tour Guide Talk: American Aircraft Carriers in World War II

On December 7, 1941 the United States had just seven aircraft carriers in service. During the first two years of war, these legendary vessels fought against the odds to hold the Japanese back long enough for a new fleet to be built. During this interactive presentation, Museum guests will become these legendary aircraft carriers as our Tour Guide leads you through the major events of the Pacific War. From seven ships, down to a handful of battle-scarred survivors, you will experience the sacrifices that made possible the construction of the greatest naval force the world has ever seen. Tour Guide Talks are free with general admission.
Hangar 1
2:00am — 4:00pm

Make a Crew Patch

Intrepid crew members expressed their creativity about their roles and jobs aboard the ship by creating handmade patches. Our educators will help you create your own patch and turn it into a button so you too can show off your skills!
Discovery Deck
3:00pm

Tour Guide Talk: Six Ships named Intrepid

From a bomb ketch in Tripoli harbor to the mighty aircraft carrier that stands today, hear the stories of the four US Navy ships to bear the name Intrepid. This 15-minute interactive talk will also look at two spaceships named Intrepid: one real, one from science fiction.
Hangar 1
3:30pm
Curator Talk, Intrepid's Cobbler Shop, Pop-Up Exhibit

Working on an aircraft carrier required a sturdy pair of shoes. Join the Museum's Curator of History to learn about the men who repaired these essential items in Intrepid's own cobbler shop. Meet at the shoe stitching machine on display in Hangar 1.
Hangar 1