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World War II Exhibits on Summer Tour of Public Libraries

GPLS News, June 2018

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World War II Exhibits on Summer Tour of Public Libraries

June 14, 2018

Contact:
Deborah Hakes, dhakes@georgialibraries.org
Anna Tucker, atucke20@kennesaw.edu

Georgia Public Library Service and the Kennesaw State University Museum of History and Holocaust Education are partnering to bring traveling World War II-based banner exhibits to public libraries across the state. Throughout the summer, nine public library systems will host The Tuskegee Airmen: The Segregated Skies of WWII and Georgia Journeys: Legacies of World War II.

The exhibits provide context for some of the more complex stories of World War II while connecting themes of tolerance and rights to the experiences of Georgians. Drawing on testimony obtained through the Museum of History and Holocaust Education’s Legacy Series oral history program, Georgia Journeys follows the experiences of twelve individuals whose lives intersected in Georgia, including veterans, Holocaust survivors, and home front workers. The Tuskegee Airmen explores the history of the first African American pilots to fly in combat during World War II, and their role in the desegregation of the United States Armed Forces in 1948.

“Our partnership with the Georgia Public Library Service creates the opportunity to connect our two institutions’ resources and networks in a new and dynamic way,” says Catherine Lewis, Ph.D., assistant vice president of the Kennesaw State Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books. “This provides new visitors with much-needed access to the important lessons of this time period.”

Each exhibit panel leads the viewer down the paths of history, weaving narratives of heroism, courage, and triumph while remaining sensitive to the horrors endured by many. Both exhibits are accompanied by an online portion consisting of student/teacher guides, bonus images and stories, and interviews with notable Georgians.

“Libraries and museums have long-standing ties in advocating tirelessly for preservation of and education and enrichment through knowledge,” says Dustin Landrum, manager of strategic partnerships at Georgia Public Library Service. “We are excited by the opportunity to tour this history in our libraries.”

June through August, library patrons can see The Tuskegee Airmen at Cobb County Public Library System, Dougherty County Public Library Sequoyah Regional Libraries, Chestatee Regional Library System, Lee County Public Library, and Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Library. Concurrently, Georgia Journeys visits the Henry County Library System, Chattahoochee Valley Libraries, and West Georgia Regional Library System.

To learn more about the Kennesaw State Museum of History and Holocaust Education, visit historymuseum.kennesaw.edu. The museum and its onsite exhibits are free and open to the public.

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The Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) empowers libraries to improve the lives of all Georgians by encouraging reading, literacy and education through the continuing support and improvement of our public libraries. GPLS is a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Visit georgialibraries.org to learn more.

The Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University presents public events, exhibits and educational resources focused on World War II and the Holocaust in an effort to promote education and dialogue about the past and its significance today.