Museum seeks vets' memorabilia

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The Museum of Northwest Colorado is looking for pictures of veterans and letters from soldiers for an exhibit this fall.

Museum Director Dan Davidson said he is hoping to get memorabilia from local veterans from the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan all the way back to the Revolutionary War.

Davidson said he hopes to get memorabilia from veterans in Routt County as well as Moffat County.

If people have discharge papers, commendations or photos, they can contact the museum. The museum won't keep documents, Davidson said. Instead, he will make copies of the material for the exhibit.

Davidson said he is hoping to get items that show the personal side of war, such as letters home.

"We don't have a lot of personal correspondences," Davidson said.

The museum has uniforms and other memorabilia, but Davidson said they don't have very much that shows what war was like for the average soldier.

"We just want to show some of the costs," Davidson said.

Americans commonly take their freedoms for granted, Davidson said. The exhibit will show people what a soldier's life was like.

One of the items Davidson said will be in the exhibit is a land certificate from the War of 1812. The certificate was given to a soldier as payment for military service.

Things such as that are hard to find, Davidson said, but he thinks there are probably a lot of similar items in the region.

"You hear about things," Davidson said. "My guess is there is just a lot of information out there."

The museum also has a letter from the U.S. Army to the family of local soldier Samuel Havenga telling them where he was buried. Havenga was buried in Italy after being killed in North Africa during World War II. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 was named after Havenga.

For more about the exhibit or to contribute, call the museum at 824-6360.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031 or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com.

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