McDonald County Press - - FRONT PAGE - SALLY CAR­ROLL

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 mc­don­ald­co­his­tory@olemac.net

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