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Celebrating Iowa veterans

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Spencer Public Library will display their Veterans' Exhibit through next week. The exhibit, traveling from the African American Museum of Iowa, features African American veterans who were from or trained in Iowa.
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To celebrate the upcoming Veterans' Day, the Spencer Public Library is featuring a traveling exhibit on loan from the African American Museum of Iowa. The exhibit, focusing on African American veterans, both in general and those who were from or trained in Iowa, brings a unique perspective to the national holiday.

Included in the display is an exhibit created by the Parker Historical Museum. This exhibit includes hats, shoes and information about what soldiers wore, as well as information on a specific Spencer veteran.

"It's great we could include this Iowa focus," Spencer Librarian Robin Munson said. "We wanted to celebrate all veterans."

The exhibit from the African American Museum focuses on veterans from the Civil War through World War II. Included in the exhibit is information about the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black airmen to serve in the United States military.

Though the exhibit was only installed on Wednesday, the library has seen a very positive response from its patrons so far.

"It takes a lot of space, which naturally attracts people," Munson said. "We've had a lot of people standing and reading it. Not only adults, but also teenagers and kids who are old enough to read."

In past years, the library has brought in other forms of entertainment to celebrate Veterans' Day and other holidays, though they haven't often brought in an exhibit like this one.

"Exhibits like this bring information," Munson said. "That's what the library is about."

She continued. "It brings information they wouldn't normally get in this area."

Munson hopes to include displays and exhibits in other occasions at the library.

In addition, she hopes to work with the Parker Historical Society on other future occasions. She suggested collaborating with the Parker Historical Society on an event for the upcoming All Spencer Reads book selection, "The Year of Goodbyes," by Debbie Levy.

"The book is also about a war, the Holocaust," Munson said. "I think, with that, we'll work together to bring a home front focus to the book."

The Veteran's Day exhibit will be available for viewing through next week. The library will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans' Day.

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