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Tribute to veterans: Museum features living history, exhibits
by Jebb Johnston
Nov 09, 2017 | 2204 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Crossroads Museum Director Brandy Steen and local historian Brock Thompson show off a few of his items featured in the museum's veterans exhibit launching on Saturday. The exhibit includes items from both war worlds. / Staff Photo by Zack Steen
Crossroads Museum Director Brandy Steen and local historian Brock Thompson show off a few of his items featured in the museum's veterans exhibit launching on Saturday. The exhibit includes items from both war worlds. / Staff Photo by Zack Steen
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Items such as trench art and a soldier’s uniform from World War I are part of the Crossroads Museum’s tribute to veterans.

Activities on Saturday will include a living history outside the museum and exhibits inside featuring items from both world wars.

“The museum is looking to do more living history programs like this,” said Director Brandy Steen. “We think it’s going to be something neat and different, and we may continue it in future years.”

On loan from the collection of Brock Thompson for the exhibit are items from U.S. Army Private Benjamin Bosben, who served in Company G of the 53rd Infantry Regiment.

“We are building an exhibit around this one man with a lot of his personal items,” said Steen.

It is a rare opportunity to see a number of items connected to one person, she said.

Among them is a belt that is an example of trench art — decorative items made by soldiers during idle time. A different soldier’s engraved ammunition shell is another example of trench art.

A few Roscoe Turner items from the war period will also be displayed.

The grounds will focus on World War II with an encampment by local father and son reenactors Dee and Devyn Cook. Restored war vehicles will be part of their encampment.

Museum admission will be free for the event. The exhibit opens at 10 a.m., and the encampment is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The exhibited war items are expected to be on display through the end of the year.

(The museum is located at 221 North Fillmore Street. For more information, contact 662-287-3120.)
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