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Annual Symposium

Annual Symposium

September 22nd, 2018 9:00am

The Nimitz Graybook towers as the most significant single source on how the Pacific War was won. 


September 22, 2018 9:00 - 5:00

Rockbox Theater, Fredericksburg, Texas


This year’s Symposium will focus on The Nimitz Graybook— Chronicles of the Pacific War.  It will be held on 22 September 2018 at the Rockbox Theater in Fredericksburg, Texas.


The Nimitz  Graybook is the Command Summary of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz and was compiled by the War Plans Section of the Pacific Command Headquarters in Hawaii during World War II.  It contains daily estimates of the situation, Command decisions, and running summaries of communications from 7 December 1941 to 31 August 1945.  Thus, it was the daily record of the combat situation that Nimitz faced daily and presents what Nimitz knew and what the basis and reasons for his daily decisions were. Naval war historians have called the Graybook “a national treasure” as  “it is the most authoritative source on the Pacific War available anywhere.”


The Graybook, which has been digitized and is in the public domain, is often used by naval historians as a major resource.  The Symposium will present a number of highly qualified naval scholars very familiar with The Graybook.  The tentative list of speakers (subject to change) and their topics includes:


Ticket Price:


ANF Member - $50

Non-ANF Member - $60

Active Duty Military w/ID - $30

WWII Veteran - FREE

College Student with ID -FREE


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For more information or to register over the phone, please contact Barbara Ford at 830-997-8600 ext. 225 or by email at 


Welcome Reception for All Attendees:

On Friday evening, 21 September, there will be a Welcome Reception, free to all attendees, in the George H.W. Bush Gallery Lobby from 6 to 8 pm. This will be an opportunity to meet the speakers and other attendees. Refreshments will be served. As a special treat, artifacts pertinent to the Graybook will be on display. They will present a visual chronicle of Nimitz's command decisions through maps, Guam headquarters blueprints, letters, reports and photos. All of these are in the Museum's own collection. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn how to take advantage of the resources offered by the Nimitz Education and Research Center for their own research projects.




Introduction to The Graybook:  Craig Symonds, Distinguished Visiting Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History at the U.S. Naval Academy, author of naval history books, including The Battle of Midway.


Guadalcanal:  Richard Frank, Military historian and frequent Symposium speaker.  Author of many military history books, including Guadalcanal, the Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle.


Early Months of Nimitz’s Command and Struggle with Admiral King:  John Lundstrom, historian and author of books on the Pacific War, including The First South Pacific Campaign — Pacific Fleet Strategy, 1941-June 1942.


Admirals  Nimitz and Halsey: Walter Borneman, Military Historian who wrote The Admirals (Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy and King).


End Game — 1944-1945:  James Hornfischer, Award-Winning author of naval history books, including The Fleet at Flood Tide— America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945.


Basic Symposium Information:

The Symposium is open to the public and will be held at the Rockbox Theater, “*New Location,” located at 109 N. Llano St., in Fredericksburg. Seating is limited so please reserve your space as soon as possible. Doors open at 8 am, and the hours are 9 am to 5 pm. Tickets are $50 forAdmiral Nimitz Foundation members and $60 for non-members. Lunch will be on attendees' own so they may choose among the town's excellent restaurants.

Fredericksburg is located 70 miles from San Antonio on IH 10N and 75 miles from Austin on 290W. Air service is available to SanAntonio and Austin on major carriers. For information, please contact the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor's Bureau on (888) 997-3600. Its website is The Inn on Barons Creek, one block from the Museum, will have a block of rooms with special rates for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights for all attendees. Please make reservations before 14 August to guarantee a room. Its phone number is (830) 990-9202, and its address is 308 S.Washington.


Nimitz Dinner at Das Peach Haus


6:30PM - 8:30PM



Messina Hof Hill Country is teaming up with Das Peach Haus for an exclusive three course dinner featuring dishes paired with Admiral Nimitz Foundation wine.

Each purchase of Messina Hof Admiral Nimitz wine directly supports the foundation and helps to ensure the museum continues its mission of "Inspiring our youth by honoring our heroes"

$75 (plus tax)

Seating is very limited, reservations required.

For tickets or more information on how to sign up call: (830) 990-4653
or email:


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