Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Paper Wall Exhibit @ the Menasha Public Library

Menasha library's Vietnam exhibit honors Wisconsin soldiers. (Appleton Post-Crescent, 1/17/2012)

Excerpt:   The Paper Wall is a collaborative exhibit that recognizes the names and stories of Wisconsin soldiers killed in Vietnam. It was unveiled in May 2010 at LZ Lambeau, the overdue tribute to underappreciated Vietnam veterans, and now may become a traveling exhibit. 

Unlike The Wall — the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. — the Paper Wall does more than just list names of those who died or went missing in action. 

Through a collection of obituaries, newspaper stories and other personal information, Carpenter said the Paper Wall provides more depth and personal information about the fallen soldiers — "that they had a life prior to going into the service, they had families, some of them were married, some of them were fathers, some of them were engaged." 

The exhibit is coming to Menasha largely due to the efforts of Menasha reference librarian Kathy Hannah, who helped research personal information about fallen soldiers from Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago counties at the request of genealogist Mary Jane Herber of the Brown County Library, who originated the idea.

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