The California State Military Museum is hosting two upcoming events this month. An exhibit titled Strike Up the Band!: The History of Military Music in California opens on January 22nd. On January 30, the museum will host a book signing for Gene T. Boyer's Reflections of a White House Senior Pilot.
In other California State Military Museum news, the Concord Police Department will be transferring two Japanese World War II heavy machine guns to the museum. Also, the Sacramento Police Department has donated an 1895 Colt Navy Model .38 caliber double action revolver, inscribed "John Paul Miller, USN, 12 Company USNA, February 12, 1906." According to the museum's monthly e-newsletter:
Miller was involved in a notorious Naval Academy hazing event that got him and several other Midshipmen a courts-martial in February 1906. It made the papers and was widely known at the time. The hazing incident attracted the attention of Roosevelt at the White House - and the charges were dismissed under Presidential pressure. It created such a stir, a Congressional hearing was convened over this case. Mr. Miller was commissioned and this pistol was a gift of support and fraternity from his classmates at the time of his commissioning as an ensign.
The California State Military Museum is located at 1119 Second Street in Old Sacramento.