Historical museum to present wartime program, exhibit
BALDWIN — A new exhibit at the Lake County Historical Museum will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, recognizing men and women who served in the armed forces from WWI and World War II.
"We are going to have three exhibit rooms dedicated to memorabilia and artifacts pertaining to WWI, WWII and the women’s war efforts," said Lake County Historical Museum Curator Jill Engelman. "The rooms will have uniforms and artifacts from the war and keepsakes soldiers brought back home. There will be numerous photos and documents. The women's war efforts will feature history such as victory gardens, women in Nirvana who made parachutes and plane observers in Baldwin looking for enemy aircraft."
The unveiling of the exhibit will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Lake County Historical Museum.
"This is a limited one-time exhibit," Engelman said. "The displayed items are on loan from members of the community and will be showcased until December. We invite the public to bring their own wartime artifacts to display the evening of the unveiling, just for the evening.
"We are not telling the stories of the wars, but we are telling the stories of individual service men and women, bringing their stories to life. Several local residents plan to bring memorabilia to share. We have nearly 20 uniforms, majority of which are from Lake County. Mark Wilson from Evart will bring Joseph Guyton material, including books he wrote on Joseph Guyton."
Guyton, an Evart native, was the first American soldier killed on enemy soil in WWI.
"We are expecting a big crowd. Refreshments will be served," Engelman added.