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WORLD WAR II EXHIBIT

Legacy Museum on Main proudly announces the return of the popular World War II exhibit, West Georgia in World War II. The display is open for viewing through February 15th, 2011. The exhibit, guest curated by Isabelle Knight and Terry Hoppe, pays tribute to West Georgia men and women who served in the military. Hundreds of photos of soldiers in uniform are displayed. There is also an impressive display of uniforms, medals, weapons, flags and personal items loaned from military veterans and home front families. The exhibit is free of charge.

Several special events have been held in conjunction with the exhibit. On Tuesday, November 2nd, Dr. Todd Groce, Executive Director of the Georgia Historical Society, spoke about General George C. Patton on the 125th anniversary of his birth. He gave a lively and informative talk!

 

 

 

Items belonging to Doug Cox’s father, John Cox, are part of the World War II display at the Charter Bank Gallery at Legacy Museum. John Cox kept his bomber pins and noted what happened day. Doug only found the pins after his father’s death.   

Other "new" items, not previously displayed at Legacy Museum, include Nazi adult and youth uniforms and many more photographs that make up the "Faces of the War."

 

 

National History Day: LaGrange College increases its participation

The Troup County Archives and LaGrange College will once again sponsor the National History Day contest for middle and high school students. The Historical Society and Archives have sponsored the local contest since 1980 and LaGrange College has been a partner for most of those years. The 2011 West Georgia Regional contest will take place on Friday, March 25th in the Lewis Library and Turner Student Center of LaGrange College.

This year’s theme is Debate & Diplomacy: Successes, Failures, Consequences. According to http://www.nationalhistoryday.com: "the intentional selection of the theme for National History Day is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding."

Local changes include LaGrange College playing a more active role in mentoring local and regional students. To facilitate this, the history department and Lewis Library at LaGrange College have teamed up to create an ‘NHD at LC’ blog. It can be found here: http://lagrangecollegehistoryday.blogspot.com/

The College History Department and its students are prepared to help teachers and students as they develop their exhibits, websites, performances, media presentations, and papers. Dr. Kevin Shirley or Kaye Minchew can provide additional information at kshirley@lagrange.edu or kaye@trouparchives.org

National History Day is open to students grades 6-12. Students can work individually in all categories or in groups of up to five on everything except historical papers which must be prepared by individuals. History Day is open to public and private school students and to home schoolers. Winners at the local contest advance to state and then to the National Contest at the University of Maryland.

100 YEARS OF BUSINESS EXHIBIT COMING SOON

"A Century Of Creating Better Commerce" is the title of an upcoming exhibit at Legacy Museum on Main that will celebrate 100 years of business in LaGrange and Troup County. This is being held in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce.

The idea for this exhibit came out of planning for the 100th anniversary. Chamber Director Page Estes and former head Jane Fryer thought this would be a great idea for an exhibit. Chris Cleaveland, Vice-President of the Troup County Historical Society, and Kaye Minchew of the Archives and Museum serve with Page, Jane, and others on the Chamber’s 100th Anniversary committee. The exhibit will be spotlighted on the evening of March 1st when the Chamber celebrates its anniversary with a special annual meeting at Del’Avant just across the street from Legacy Museum.

Legacy Museum is seeking artifacts and items relating to local businesses and industries dating from the last 100 years for this exhibit.

A few things already donated to the Archives include a glass bowl that says "Kress" and little silver bank that says "LaGrange Banking Company" that dates from the 1930s. We have a pair of shoes sold by Mansours in the 1920s. The "LaGrange" sign that was on the railroad depot for many years will be loaned. Mrs. D.Z. Cauble has agreed to loan artifacts from her father’s collection from the Coca-Cola bottling company that her father founded in the early 20th century. Hills and Dales will loan some items. Boxes from Mansours, Cleaveland-Dodd, and other shops are being sought! Other items include advertisements and photographs. The museum is open to suggestions and ideas! 

Items delivered to be delivered to Legacy Museum by February 1 so the Museum and Archives staff have time to put the display together. The exhibit should open February 20 and stay on display until the end of April. We welcome both actual donations and loans!  

Recent Accessions

Bernathy, Catherine. 1900 Sears & Roebuck Catalog (reproduction)

Beard, Herman. Records of Hillside Christian Church.

Beason, Ted and Ann Hutchinson. Photographs from Tom Hutchinson albums including photographs of the 1920 tornado and 1925 drought.

Bowen, Barbara, Marietta, GA. 1943 Army-Navy E Award lapel pin belonging to Lavern Abbott Hanson (pins were presented to Callaway Mill employees during World War II for excellence in production); also E Award program booklet.

Carr, Eunice C. Miracle in the Hills and The Suitcases (North Carolina History).

Chamber of Commerce, Hello Georgia, video of LaGrange and Poti.

Colwell, Agnes, Cols, OH. Photographs of Watson and Chivers family and Booker T. Washington.

Coulombe, Rosalie. Fare Samplings – A Cookbook, Recipes from the LaGrange College Faculty Wives Club, 1976.

Cox, Doug and Highland Country Club. Rotary Club Scrapbooks, 1990-1993.

Creekman, Deborah Adams. Photograph of Lewis D. "Luke" Adams in uniform during World War II.

Daniel, Jeanelle. Scrapbook on death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1945.

Danner, Christine, Auburn, AL. Paper on "The Process of Manufacturing Cotton," by Alfonso Wright, written in 1919 while a student at Auburn; the paper contains photographs of the interior of Hillside Mill and description of the manufacturing process.

Falotico, Lydia, Claremont, CA. Croft Family History.

Fold, Ruth. Photograph of St. John’s Methodist Church with congregation, c. 1940s.

Foster, Sherri Shoemaker, Derby, KS. Information of the McAbee family.

Freeze, Jennifer Harris, Austin, TX. Information and photographs on Mary Greene’s kindergarten; Dollens Family Bible; Greene Family Bible.

Garner, Ruth. History of Dunson Baptist Church, vol. 1.

Grady, Jack. Copy of First Baptist Church, West Point, Membership Directory (1964) and fan from First Methodist Church, West Point (1974).

Grover, Bettianne Hyde, Rome, GA. Photographs and news articles regarding U2 Pilot, Capt. Joe G. Hyde, Jr.

Hethcox, Jim, LaGrange, GA. The Red, White and Blue Songster #1, a patriotic songbook issued to Union soldiers at the beginning of the Civil War.

Johnson, Clark. First Presbyterian commemorative plate, 1829-1924; Young Singers of LaGrange England Tour 2000 t-shirt; Troup High School Trouper Yearbooks, 2000-2004; Artifacts for the Chamber of Commerce exhibit including a "Receive-Ease" telephone shoulder rest from Hunter-Allen-Myhand Funeral Home, a Home Depot lanyard and a Milliken bath towel.

Junior Service League. Addition of minutes and financial reports, 1992 - 2000.

Kimbrough, Chad, Pine Mountain, GA. Digital copies of receipts from Murrah Brothers Company, 1892, 1895.

Knight, Delaine. Copies of New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1974-1980; Pictorial Directory, First Presbyterian Church, 1978.

Lamb, Betty, Oklahoma City, OK. History of Harmony Grove (Commerce, GA), 1949; John W. Wright Family.

Lane, Freda, Conyers, GA. Covered Bridge prints by artist, Bob Lane.

Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Photographs by Lewis Hine of child labor, Consolidated Duck Mill (Calumet), LaGrange.

Linch, Joyce, West Point, GA. Hogansville Elementary School yearbooks and scrapbooks, 1996 – 1999.

Moore, Clyde Allen (Mrs. B. P.). Original poem titled, "When Cotton Was King."

Mims, J. T., Hattiesburg, MS. The First Hundred Years: A Centennial History of King and Spalding.

Minchew, Kaye and GHRAB. African American Life in the Georgia Lowcountry: The Atlantic World and the Gullah Geechee; Sam Richard’s Civil War Diary: A Chronicle of the Atlanta Home Front; Gwinnett: A little above Atlanta (A Modern History of Gwinnett County).

Mingo, Howard. World War II era newspapers.

Norris, George and Ellen, Zebulon, GA. Forty-six digital copies of documents relating to Georgia Better Farms Program.

O’Neal, William. Pair of commemorative cufflinks for 15 years of service at Playtex and Various volumes of "Playtex Scenes" magazine, 1970-1975.

Patterson, Mike. POW-MIA Bracelet from the Vietnam Conflict, 1966.

Pike, Todd. Hogansville High School Sports Hall of Fame Inductees of 2008 – 2009 and Green Pride: The History of Football at Hogansville High School 1932-1995.

Pippin, Darby. Architectural building notes from Ivey and Crook, the architects of the Dr. Raleigh Park home; photographs of the renovation of the Dr. Raleigh Park home.

Richardson, Doug. Photographs of Rosamond and Duke families of LaGrange.

Swisher, Paul J., Roanoke, AL. Copy of his booklet, Roanoke and Randolph County Bottling History; Archival and Field Survey of McCosh’s Mill, West Point Lake.

Tarpley, Elaine B. James Simpson Bartley Collection including an 1870 photograph of Mr. Bartley, a 1932 Pupil’s Work Book and an 1897 United States Patent Certificate.

Thompson, Chris. LaGrange High, Troup Tech, West Side and Gardner Newman Middle School yearbooks; 1996 Atlanta Olympics yearbook; Callaway Beacons.

Taylor, R. J. Jr. Foundation, Atlanta. Macon, Georgia Newspaper Clippings, Weekly Telegraph, Vol. XIII, 1881-1887; Wilcox County, Georgia, Newspaper Clippings, Vol. I, 1898-1903; Wilcox County Georgia, Newspaper Clippings, Vol. II, 1904-1907.

Thom, Martha. United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), minutes and membership directories, 1987-1008.

Troup County Parks and Recreation. Photograph of LaGrange Little League Teams, c. 1960s.

Wadsworth, Jennie. Tobacco tags (placed on plugs of tobacco, c. 1900s)

West Point Depot Visitor Center, DVD of Battle of West Point: Last Fort to Fall

Woods, Carleton. Rotary Club Scrapbook, 2006-2007.

Knight, Delaine. Copies of New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1974-1980; Pictorial Directory, First Presbyterian Church, 1978.

 

Lamb, Betty, Oklahoma City, OK. History of Harmony Grove (Commerce, GA), 1949; John W. Wright Family.

 

Lane, Freda, Conyers, GA. Covered Bridge prints by artist, Bob Lane.

 

Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Photographs by Lewis Hine of child labor, Consolidated Duck Mill (Calumet), LaGrange.

 

Linch, Joyce, West Point, GA. Hogansville Elementary School yearbooks and scrapbooks, 1996 – 1999.

 

Moore, Clyde Allen (Mrs. B. P.). Original poem titled, "When Cotton Was King."

 

Mims, J. T., Hattiesburg, MS. The First Hundred Years: A Centennial History of King and Spalding.

 

Minchew, Kaye and GHRAB. African American Life in the Georgia Lowcountry: The Atlantic World and the Gullah Geechee; Sam Richard’s Civil War Diary: A Chronicle of the Atlanta Home Front; Gwinnett: A little above Atlanta (A Modern History of Gwinnett County).

 

Mingo, Howard. World War II era newspapers.

 

Norris, George and Ellen, Zebulon, GA. Forty-six digital copies of documents relating to Georgia Better Farms Program.

 

O’Neal, William. Pair of commemorative cufflinks for 15 years of service at Playtex and Various volumes of "Playtex Scenes" magazine, 1970-1975.

 

Patterson, Mike. POW-MIA Bracelet from the Vietnam Conflict, 1966.

 

Pike, Todd. Hogansville High School Sports Hall of Fame Inductees of 2008 – 2009 and Green Pride: The

History of Football at Hogansville High School 1932-1995.

 

Pippin, Darby. Architectural building notes from Ivey and Crook, the architects of the Dr. Raleigh Park home; photographs of the renovation of the Dr. Raleigh Park home.

 

Richardson, Doug. Photographs of Rosamond and Duke families of LaGrange.

 

Swisher, Paul J., Roanoke, AL. Copy of his booklet, Roanoke and Randolph County Bottling History; Archival and Field Survey of McCosh’s Mill, West Point Lake.

 

Tarpley, Elaine B. James Simpson Bartley Collection including an 1870 photograph of Mr. Bartley, a 1932 Pupil’s Work Book and an 1897 United States Patent Certificate.

 

Thompson, Chris. LaGrange High, Troup Tech, West Side and Gardner Newman Middle School yearbooks; 1996 Atlanta Olympics yearbook; Callaway Beacons.

 

Taylor, R. J. Jr. Foundation, Atlanta. Macon, Georgia Newspaper Clippings, Weekly Telegraph, Vol. XIII, 1881-1887; Wilcox County, Georgia, Newspaper Clippings, Vol. I, 1898-1903; Wilcox County Georgia, Newspaper Clippings, Vol. II, 1904-1907.

 

Thom, Martha. United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), minutes and membership directories, 1987-1008.

 

Troup County Parks and Recreation. Photograph of LaGrange Little League Teams, c. 1960s.

 

Wadsworth, Jennie. Tobacco tags (placed on plugs of tobacco, c. 1900s)

 

West Point Depot Visitor Center, DVD of Battle of West Point: Last Fort to Fall

 

Woods, Carleton. Rotary Club Scrapbook, 2006-2007.

 

Updates on Staff and Volunteers

Shannon Gavin-Harris is our new accessions archivist. Barry Jackson retired in November. (This was Barry’s second retirement since he taught at Troup High School for many years. He will continue to volunteer a few hours a week in the Archives.) Shannon, an Alabama native, studied history at Samford University and received a B.A. in 2004. She taught history in Alabama until she and her daughter, Hardy, moved to Manchester, GA to be closer to family. Wanting to take a more hands-on approach to history than teaching allowed, Shannon began working toward a master’s in library science with a concentration in archiving at the University of Alabama.

She began working as an intern at Troup County Archives in the summer. Upon Barry Jackson’s retirement she stepped into his position. She is excited about preserving the history of Troup County and the West Georgia region for future generations. 

 

 

Alex Channell, one of this year’s additions to the museum volunteer staff, is a native of LaGrange. Alex is a high school junior and our first home schooled volunteer. He became interested in volunteering at the museum after his home school group visited Legacy on a field trip, and felt the museum would be a good way to gain community service experience.

Alex is an avid reader and enjoys cooking, computers, and time with friends. He has been weight training at Lafayette Christian School with the possibility of playing football for them in the fall and referees for the Troup County Recreation Department soccer program. Soccer is one of his great loves. Alex is considering attending LaGrange College or Southern Polytechnic State University after high school. Alex attends Covenant Presbyterian Church in LaGrange.

 

 

Rachel Worrell has been volunteering at the Legacy Museum front desk since early fall on an "as needed" basis -- which sometimes means she gets called often! She retired from the Troup County School system in 2000 after having taught language arts at Unity, Lee’s Crossing, Whitesville Road, and Callaway Middle School. She is the widow of Dick Worrell who worked at Milliken and was in Rotary with Archives staff Kaye Minchew and Clark Johnson. She and Dick had 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. She attends First Baptist Church. She decided to volunteer at the Archives after being asked by staff member Joanna Baxter and is happy with this decision!