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Identifying 20th Century Military Artifacts
April 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
With the 100th anniversary of the First World War upon us, many museums and historic sites are planning commemorative events and exhibits around their military objects. Uniforms, metals, souvenirs, etc., all can have a place in an exhibit and all have a story to tell us – if we know how to identify and care for these relics of the past. Military objects in personal family collections are just as important to the story of family history as it is to our national story. The connection to the past through these objects and artifacts and to a national narrative can be quite exciting. The program will be held in the Discovery Room on the second floor and will begin with a discussion of the two world wars and the objects most often are associated with those conflicts. Brief history of the role of Weirton Steel in WWII will be discussed. Using the collection of the Weirton Museum as well as some of the presenter’s personal collection, the workshop will conclude with the identifying and preservation practices of these artifacts.
Paul Zuros, a Weirton native, has been collecting 20th century military objects for over a decade. He has offered his personal collection for display and programs on WWII history. He has also given programs on the history of Weirton Steel and their role in WWII for many years. He earned a BA in History from WVU and a MA in Public History from Duquesne University in 2012. He is currently the Executive Director of the Historic Craik – Patton House Museum in Charleston, WV.
Participants are strongly encouraged to bring WWI and WWII objects from their collections to show and tell with the group.
- April 14
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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