EXHIBIT ORGANIZERS SEEK INPUT FOR EXHIBIT
VETERANS’ STORIES WILL BE HONORED AND PRESERVED
Exhibit committee members are gathering information and photos of McDonald County veterans to honor and preserve their stories.
This spring, the McDonald County Historical Society Museum will launch “Stories of Military Service,” a compilation of local stories and the history of veterans’ service.
Each veteran will be featured on a framed patriotic quilt background. Those photos also will be displayed along the walls of the old courtroom, said Historical Society president Lynn Tatum.
Organizers plan to feature each veteran’s story in an album which will be available for guests to read.
The exhibit will be a rotating exhibit for two years but will transition into the permanent collection in the museum’s Military Room, Tatum said.
The Historical Society is seeking veterans and their families to share their stories. Those who have roots or a strong affiliation with the county are welcome to participate.
The organization is teaming up with Bunker Hill Quilters to create and design an individual patriotic quilt background for each veteran’s photo.
Each photo will be transferred to cloth, centered in a 16-inch by 16-inch custom frame, and displayed in the courtroom as part of the exhibit. When the exhibit concludes, the framed photos will be given to the respective families. Organizers hope the photos will be cherished as family heirlooms, Tatum said.
Organizers are excited about preserving McDonald County military history in this way and feel honored to showcase local veterans’ stories.
To obtain a packet to fill out or for more information, call the Historical Society office at 417-223-7700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org