Wistariahurst Museum, Exhibit
May 24 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Attention! Translating Uniforms, Understanding Service exhibit opening at Wistariahurst displays American Military Uniforms to honor Veterans’ Service.
A Grand Opening will be held on Tuesday May 24 at 10:30 a.m. with a Color Guard, invited dignitaries, and is open to the public. The first 100 Veterans who attend events will be honored with a token gift of appreciation.
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 Wistariahurst from May 24, 2022 through Aug 22, 2022. The exhibit is titled Attention! Translating Uniforms, Understanding Service. Selected from uniform collections at Holyoke Veterans Services and Wistariahurst, this exhibit aims to help viewers interpret and understand the subtleties of military uniform insignia and details. Learning how to read these signs of rank, titles, medals and awards allows visitors to more deeply understand the experience of the soldier who wore the uniform. Through interactions with these textiles visitors will engage with Holyoke’s military heritage through an inclusionary and accepting lens. Viewers will be challenged to confront and comprehend the impact military service has on a community.
The exhibit will be open for viewing on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 am to 12:30 p.m. and Tuesday evenings from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Visit www.wistariahurst.org to register.
Guest curator Nicholas Anderson is an American military historian from Long Beach, California working on his graduate degree in History at the University of Massachusetts where his interest is the interplay between American culture and the United States armed forces. “I want visitors to leave with a heightened awareness of Holyoke’s history of service as well as a better understanding of what it means to serve in the Armed Forces,” says Anderson. “Selecting which uniforms to display has been a significant challenge for me because I find them all so interesting and unique.” Additional military uniform accessories and associated items on loan from Holyoke Veterans will also be on display.
A collaboration between Holyoke Veterans Services and Wistariahurst and supported by a Massachusetts State Historic Records Advisory Board Veterans Heritage Preservation Grant and Holyoke Local Cultural Council Grant, this exhibit coincides with the collection of several oral history interviews with Holyoke Veterans with the goal of expanding the general public’s understanding of individual military service so as to develop an appreciation for the service and sacrifices of those who served. Jesus Pereira, director of Holyoke Veterans Services says “Veterans of Holyoke now have a platform to share their experiences of serving in our armed forces. I hope this opportunity is well utilized by our local heroes and consumed thoroughly by our local community.”