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How to Create A Military Memorabilia Collection

April 23, 2016 Francine Jones 0 Comments

Do you have treasured objects that your forefathers have passed down through the generations that commemorate their service in various branches of the military and in prominent wars?

Rather than have them in boxes or in the attic or closet or wherever they have landed, get them together and display them in your living room, den, office, library, recreation room, or wherever your family and visitors can appreciate their history and value.

How can you display them to give them the full viewing advantage and acknowledge the unique meaning that they continue to have for you and your family? You can present and protect those special treasures in fine decorator pieces that start out as empty glass cases, shadow boxes, stands, trays, frames, small china cabinets, bookshelves, or whatever other creative project you can think of.

Glass Domes and Bell Jars

Your treasured collectables may fit into and be beautifully displayed in those type of ornamental domes and jars that come in a variety of sizes and configurations. The bases for the glass domes are available in attractive oak, walnut, polished brass, antique brushed brass and other finishes. Specialty bases can also be ordered with appropriate themes.

Military History Collections

The American Heritage Center of the University of Wyoming has Military History collections that document the service of military Wyomingites, the service of Wyoming soldiers, and the American military on the Western frontier.

Two of their prominent holdings are detailed below.

Thaddeus Hurlbut Capron Family Papers

Thaddeus H. Capron was an officer in the United States Infantry during the Civil War and the Indian Wars. At the Battle of the Rosebud in June, 1876, he served under General Crook This collection includes some of his letters and diaries and various reminiscences of his wife. Drawings and photographs are also in the collection.

Husband Edward Kimmel Papers

Husband E. Kimmel was a U.S. Navy career officer. He attained rear admiral in 1938 and admiral on February 1, 1941. He assumed command of Pearl Harbor’s U.S. Pacific Fleet and combined U.S. Fleet and was a senior officer at the surprise attack by the Japanese. Unfortunately, he was held responsible for a lack of preparedness and was later able to defend himself with the publication of his book, “Admiral Kimmel’s Story” when documents that were held secret during World War II were made available for his research.



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