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Holyoke, Veterans Exhibit
November 11 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am EST
Dress uniforms of Veterans who served in three branches of the U.S. Armed Forces from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries will be on display at The War Memorial Building during the Veterans’ Day activities Friday, November 11 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. The original exhibit, curated by historian Nic Anderson of UMass, was created from uniform collections at Holyoke Veterans’ Services and Wistariahurst and aims to help viewers interpret and understand the subtleties of military uniform insignia and details.
This exhibit is only one part of the Massachusetts State Historic Records Advisory Board (MA SHRAB) Veterans Heritage Preservation Grant projects undertaken through a collaboration between Holyoke Veterans Services and Wistariahurst. Other work includes the collection, transcription and cataloging of seven Holyoke Veterans’ oral histories which are now available to hear or read at Wistariahurst; new mannequins, illuminated display case flag hanging system and storage system for flags and uniforms at the War Memorial Building; an inventory and catalog of all the uniforms in the Veterans Services Collection.
Holyoke Veterans Services Director, Jesus Pereira, said “My appreciation for preserving our local military history has been transformed and now cemented as a core duty of the Veterans’ Services Office. Families, friends, and Veterans from our community bonded as Veterans shared a piece of their lives with the rest of us in Holyoke. The stories brought about by these uniforms put into perspective the commitment, sacrifice, and selflessness our Holyoke Veterans have displayed with their service. It’s a much needed reminder to the public at large that freedom isn’t free and the cost of our liberties are paid for by the blood sweat and tears of our service members. I can’t express enough my gratitude to the staff of the Wistariahurst Museum, the MA SHRAB, and all those who participated in implementing this grant project.” Wistariahurst, Veterans Services and the War Memorial Commission look forward to continuing their collaboration to create a solid preservation plan for the memorabilia contained in the War Memorial Building.
This work was supported by a Massachusetts State Historic Records Advisory Board Veterans Heritage Preservation Grant, a Holyoke Local Cultural Council Grant, The Wistariahurst Foundation and the City of Holyoke.