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'Over Here & Over There'

May 1, 2014

Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tenn.

May 01--Four interactive footlockers, nonfiring reproduction weapons and a tabletop model of the Battle of the Bulge are among the objects to be explored in a new exhibit at the 6th Cavalry Museum in Fort Oglethorpe.

The opening reception for "Over Here & Over There: Georgia & Georgians in WWII," scheduled 4:30-6 p.m. today, May 1, will even include a few classic rations and refreshments of the era, says Chris McKeever, executive director of the museum.

Among the munchies on the menu are creamed chipped beef on toast (known in Army parlance as SOS), Spam salad sandwiches, oatmeal raisin cookies, Hershey candy bars and bottled Coca-Colas.

McKeever says some 20 local veterans, including longtime WDEF radio announcer Luther Masingill, have been invited as special guests.

Organized by the Bandy Heritage Center, a community outreach program of Dalton State College, "Over Here & Over There" uses 18 interpretive text panels, interactive artifact stations, ship and airplane models and a military diorama to relate the daily lives of Georgians on the home front and on the battle front during World War II.

Besides offering "a unique examination of Georgia's citizens and their contributions to the war effort," organizers say, the exhibit provides "localized, regional studies of the diverse civilian and military assets the state provided to the nation." One of the interpretive panels, for instance, focuses specifically on Fort Oglethorpe.

"It's much more than read and retain," says McKeever. "You get to try on uniforms, play with soldier paper dolls, Red Cross recruitment brochure, military comic book with Eisenhower on the front and lots more."

"Over Here & Over There" is the first traveling exhibit organized by the Bandy Heritage Center. It will remain in Fort Oglethorpe through June 16.


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