The Polk County Historical Society is now presenting the Armed Forces Exhibit at the Historical Society Museum, 205 College St.
The exhibit will be on display from Nov. 17 through Jan. 29, 2005. The museum is open on Wednesday, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will also be open on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., to allow more opportunities to view the exhibit.
According to the Historical Society, the exhibit honors those men and women from Polk County who have served in the military from World War I to the present, both in war and peace time.
Featured at the exhibit are old uniforms from various branches of the military, as well as old photographs and other war-related memorabilia.
Also available for viewing are the videos of interviews with veterans from Polk County, which were taped as part of the “Veteran’s History Project,” which the Library of Congress organized to be kept on file in Washington D.C.
“I agreed to this as long as the Veterans were in agreement and all thirteen of the Veterans interviewed were in favor of this,” said project organizer Eddie Hindman.
Milton Shaw, Historical Society Treasurer, stated the exhibit is a “work in progress,” and that contributions continue to be accepted. Shaw estimated that local residents have made over two dozen contributions to the exhibit so far, in addition to the items already in possession of the Historical Society.
Especially needed are more contributions from the Korean War, Shaw said.
The Armed Forces Exhibit was made possible in part by HON Industries, Johnson Printing, the Bellsouth Georgia Pioneers, Wal-Mart, 301 Main Holmes for Her and those who contributed photos of veteran’s military service.
Anyone wanting more information about the Armed Forces Exhibit can contact Shaw at (770)748-8084 or the Polk County Historical Society at (770)749-0073.