“War Stories: An Evening of World War
II Memories” features Dr. Mark DePue, a military historian and head
of the library’s Oral History Program, interviewing the trio on
stage in an early Veterans Day event. The audience will get plenty
of time to ask questions, too.
The discussion, which begins at 6:30 p.m., also includes free
admission to the special exhibit “In This Great Struggle: The
Greatest Generation Remembers World War II.” The exhibit includes
war memories from dozens of people, along with a stunning collection
of letters, photographs and artifacts like a military motorcycle and
a D-Day flag.
DePue will be speaking with:
• Frank Moscardelli, an infantryman in the European theater who
served in Patton’s 3rd Army
• Gerald Raschke, a tail gunner who flew 61 missions on a B-26 over
Italy, southern France and Germany
• Betty Wrigley, a “Rosie the Riveter” working on ship repairs in
the Bremerton, Wash., shipyard.
To reserve seats, visit
Lincoln.Illinois.gov and click on “special event reservations.”
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Visitors can also learn about the “Fighting Powells” from
Hillview, Ill. The Powells sent an amazing seven sons off to war – so many that
no available service flag had enough stars. The family had to sew on a seventh
blue star before hanging the flag in the living room window.
That flag will be on display along with information about the seven Powell
brothers and what happened to them during the war.
The presidential library and museum uses a combination of
rigorous scholarship and high-tech showmanship to immerse visitors in the life
and times of Abraham Lincoln. Visitors can see ghosts come to life on stage,
watch TV coverage of the 1860 presidential election, roam through the Lincoln
White House, experience booming cannons in a Civil War battle and come face to
face with priceless original Lincoln artifacts.
The library holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln books, documents,
photographs, artifacts and art, as well as some 12 million items pertaining to
all aspects of Illinois history.
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