LexHistory Salutes Kentucky’s Greatest Generation
Exhibit to Commemorate 70th Anniversary of World War II’s End to Open at Library
January 31, 2015 – March 29, 2015
Lexington, KY – To commemorate the 70th anniversary of World War II’s end, LexHistory will remount A Salute to Lexington’s Greatest Generation: World War II on the War and Home Fronts for a two month engagement at Central Library’s gallery space. Prior to the closing of the Old Fayette County Courthouse, this exhibit opened on the eve of Pearl Harbor’s 70th anniversary. Salute will run Saturday, January 31, 2015 to Sunday, March 29, 2015 and will be a stop on the March LexArts Hop. The exhibit will be open during library hours and is free and open to the public.
Learn how everyday Americans helped with the war effort, with rationing, victory gardens, war industries, and more. What was it like for soldiers to live through the intensity of battle and the long stretches of boredom away from home? What opportunities were there for women on the home front and abroad? On display will be the spoils of war that our soldiers, sailors, and airmen brought back home. The exhibit will also feature a Wall of Honor listing the names of those Kentuckians that gave their all to protect America and liberate the world.
Left: Longtime Lexington History Museum volunteer Lieutenant Virginia Lee Overstreet (1920-2012)served as an assistant recruiting officer of the Atlanta office of the WAAC (Women’s Auxiliary Army Corp).
Right: Lee observing the exhibit before the closing of the Old Fayette County Courthouse. She passed away in 2012.
“We hope to show how this event really defined a generation, how people coped and how their outlook changed, all coming out of this period of war,” said Debra Watkins, who is curating the exhibit. “The whole country was at war. You were doing scrap drives; you were buying war bonds; you were donating to the Red Cross. Every single American was involved.”
The Lexington History Museum opened in 2003 as the city’s only free historic site with the mission to engage all citizens of Lexington and the State of Kentucky in their history. Currently a museum without walls, LexHistory continues to engage the public through dynamic programming, lectures, walking tours, and online offerings such as WikiLex and The Athens of the West blog. 2014 was the organization’s best year, serving over 17,000 through outreach, school programs, and events.
LexHistory is a new and markedly different chapter for the former Lexington History Museum. Administrative offices are located in The Square in Lexington, Kentucky. For more information, visit http://www.LexHistory.org.
Debra Watkins, Director
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