- Quarterly Breakfasts
- Battle Color Ceremony
- Board of Directors
- Tun Tavern
- DI of the Yr Awards
- Nate Smith Scholorship
- G&A Event Sponsors
- Volunteer Awards
Annual Historical Society Activities
Four times a year, the Museum Historical Society hosts a quarterly breakfast for our members. Each breakfast includes a guest speaker that speaks on several topics affecting the Marine Corps. Held at MCRD San Diego’s Mess Hall, our members receive an authentic Marine breakfast, get to meet several of the Commanding Officersaround the base, and enjoy the morning with their fellow members.
Battle Color Ceremony
Every March, the Commandant’s band from 8th&I and the Silent Drill Team, come to MCRD San Diego to perform a Battle Color ceremony. After the ceremony, the Museum Historical Society hosts a reception in our Visitor’s Reception Center for all our members that attended the event.
Globe and Anchor
The Globe and Anchor is our major fundraising event of the year. With themes of WWII,the Korean War, and Vietnam, the Museum Historical Society raises funds for the Command Museum and also recognizes and salutes many of our members that are Veterans of these wars. The night is filled with reminiscing, great food, era specific music, dancing, a silent and live auction, great camaraderie, and is a beautiful tribute to our Veterans.
The annual Hollywood Canteen is reminiscent of the original Hollywood Canteen set-up in the 1940’s, as a nightclub for all service men and women. Hundreds of Hollywood Stars volunteered to work at the Canteen as a way of paying tribute to those being shipped out to the War. With era specific music, dancing, and amazing food, the Canteen is just one more event that the Society hosts for their members.
Tun Tavern Tea
As a tribute to the birth of the Marine Corps,the Tun Tavern Tea is held every Christmas season. A free event for all members of the Society,the Tun Tavern Tea is a great way to celebrate both the Marine Corps and the holiday season. The only thing the Society asks is that every guest brings one unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots program. Enjoy some holiday entertainment,food and cheer.
The Command Museum is host to several Professional Military Education (PME) events throughout the year. Recent ones include lectures on Beirut and women in Afghanistan. The Society provides a reception after each PME for all attendees.
Drill Instructor of the Year
Each year at one of the Society’s quarterly breakfasts, four Drill Instructors are selected from each Battalion and awarded$300 for their performance on the drill field that year. These outstanding Marines are honored by the Society and those members attending the breakfast for all they have achieved.
Nate Smith Scholarship
During the Annual Board of Directors meeting, three outstanding students are awarded a $1000 scholarship, given in honor of the late Col Nate Smith, USMC (Ret). Col Smith was the archivist for the Command Museum for many years and saw great value in a good education. These recipients are college students that are either active duty Marines from the Western Recruiting Region or their dependents.