July 10, 2018
Georgia Public Library Service and the Kennesaw State University Museum of History and Holocaust Education have partnered with the Columbus Public Library to bring traveling World War II-based banner exhibit Georgia Journeys: Legacies of World War II to Columbus.
The exhibit will be on display in the second floor rotunda of the Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road, through July 30.
The exhibit provides context for some of the more complex stories of World War II while connecting themes of tolerance and rights to the experiences of Georgians. Drawing on testimony obtained through the Museum of History and Holocaust Education’s Legacy Series oral history program, Georgia Journeys follows the experiences of eight individuals whose lives intersected in Georgia, including veterans, Holocaust survivors, and home front workers.
“Our partnership with the Georgia Public Library Services creates the opportunity to connect our two institutions’ resources and networks in a new and dynamic way,” says Catherine Lewis, Ph.D., assistant vice president of the Kennesaw State Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books. “This provides new visitors with much-needed access to the important lessons of this time period.”
Each exhibit panel leads the viewer down the paths of history, weaving narratives of heroism, courage, and triumph while remaining sensitive to the horrors endured by many. The exhibit is supplemented by an accompanying website containing student/teacher guides, bonus images and stories, and interviews with additional notable Georgians: http://georgiajourneys.kennesaw.edu/
“Libraries and museums have long-standing ties in advocating tirelessly for preservation of and education and enrichment through knowledge,” says Dustin Landrum, manager of strategic partnerships at Georgia Public Library Service. “We are excited by the opportunity to tour this history in our libraries.”
To learn more about the Kennesaw State Museum of History and Holocaust Education, visit historymuseum.kennesaw.edu. The museum and its onsite exhibits are free and open to the public.