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Terrell hosting World War II exhibit

Lives of Georgians explored on battlefield and home front

DAWSON — The Terrell County Historic Preservation Society, the Terrell County Library and the Old Herod Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution are sponsoring “Over Here/Over There: Georgia and Georgians in WWII,” a traveling exhibit from the Bandy Heritage Center of Dalton State College which pays tribute to World War II-era Georgians who contributed to the war effort overseas and on the home front.

Portions of this exhibit will be housed at the Terrell History Museum and at the Terrell County Library.

This interactive exhibit explores the daily lives of Georgians on the home front and battle front during the Second World War. In addition to text panels, photographs, and models, the interactive exhibit includes uniforms, equipment, and replicas of firearms used by Georgians in the military.

There are recorded accounts of veterans, factory workers, nurses, and other ordinary Georgians who contributed to the war effort. Period music and news broadcasts are also part of the exhibit. Using text, photos, models, artifacts, and recordings, the exhibit is designed to immerse the visitor in the sights and sounds of war as experienced by what many consider to be America’s greatest generation.

The exhibit opens at 10 a.m. on Jan. 25 at the Museum with a flag pole dedication conducted by the Terrell Historic Preservation Society. The History Museum is located at Highway 520 and West Lee Street in Dawson. Museum hours for this event are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m.

The Terrell County Library, located at 913 Forrester Drive SE, will also be open from Jan. 25 through Feb. 10 featuring a portion of the exhibit. The hours are Saturday Jan. 25, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday Feb. 1 and 8, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sundays Jan. 26, Feb. 1 and Feb 8, hours are 1-4 p.m. Normal hours at the Library will be observed Monday-Friday 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 10. There is no admission charge.