FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 10, 2012
Glenville, WV–Glenville State College’s West Virginia Veterans Legacy Project’s first product, a stunning thirty-six-piece photography exhibit, ‘A Tradition of Service,’ will open be on display through October 13th at Yeager Airport in Charleston, West Virginia. The exhibit is located in the airport’s baggage claim area.
The show primarily features photos of living veterans from World War II and through subsequent conflicts up until the present. The photos were taken by award-winning professional photographer Mark Romano, a GSC alum. Veterans from the West Virginia Veteran’s Nursing Facility in Clarksburg, the VA Hospital in Beckley, and numerous other regions of the state are featured in the show.
“It’s hard to contain our excitement about this show. It’s exciting on so many levels: first, we expect a significant number of subjects in the show to be present in person in what promises to be a powerful and moving event; second, it’s the first tangible product of over 200 veteran interviews conducted over the past two years; and third, we are pleased to again partner with Yeager Airport in highlighting West Virginians’ long tradition of giving above and beyond the call of duty in so many ways,” said Dr. Bob Henry Baber, West Virginia Veterans Legacy Project Director.
The GSC West Virginia Veterans Legacy Project was started to establish an oral history collection that preserves and protects the recollections, memories, and stories of West Virginia’s men and women who served in the U.S. military. The project includes the collection of and/or digitization of memorabilia, letters, articles, and photographs associated with West Virginia’s military personnel since World War II. The project has been made possible through funding provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum as well as contributions from many other organizations and individuals. In order to maximize the Legacy Project, GSC seeks additional support from any and all entities wishing to highlight the fact that West Virginia has had, and continues to have, the highest per capita service rate in the United States.
The show will return to Glenville State College on Monday, November 5 at 5 p.m. when it will open along with the publication of the project’s first book, Heroes Among Us, a collection of photographs, both new and old, with succinct vet quotes and short stories.
After the traveling exhibit closes at GSC, it will be available to museums, art galleries, colleges, and all other appropriate venues for free. Additionally, an installation piece for smaller spaces such as business lobbies, city halls, veteran meeting places, and festivals will be available. Another special West Virginia Veterans Legacy Project product will be an hour-long TV documentary.
For more information about the GSC West Virginia Veterans Legacy Project, visit www.glenville.edu/veterans or contact: Baber at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-462-4125, or Project Leader Jason Gum at Jason.email@example.com or 304-462-6163.