Last updated: June 10, 2016
- GETTING READY FOR 2016:
A Call to Action
- Action Item:
- History Lesson
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- Out With the Old
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A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in January 2014 at Georgia Southwestern State University for "Victory From Within: The American Prisoner of War Experience," a new traveling exhibit produced by Andersonville National Historic Site in partnership with the Friends of Andersonville and American Ex-Prisoners of War.
The American Ex-Prisoners of War signed a three-way fundraising agreement with the Friends of Andersonville and the National Park Service. This ultimately resulted in enough private capital to attract a 50% match of public funding via a park partnership project grant from the National Park Service. After several years of planning and fabrication, the exhibit made its debut at the university.
Former prisoners of war, trustees from the Friends of Andersonville, and staff from Georgia Southwestern State University and Andersonville National Historic Site were on hand for the event. Jim Covington, president of the Friends of Andersonville, addressed those gathered for the special occasion. Joining Jim to deliver remarks were Superintendent Brad Bennett; Dr. Brian Adler, vice president for academic affairs, Georgia Southwestern State University; James Lollar, national commander for American Ex-Prisoners of War; and Ed DeMent, chairman, National Education Committee, American Ex-Prisoners of War.
The 1,200 square foot traveling exhibit is based on the thematic organization of the National Prisoner of War Museum, built around the themes of "Capture," "Prison Life," "Those Who Wait," and "Freedom." Oral history interviews and a small number of artifacts accompany the exhibit and allow for an in-depth exploration of the personal side of captivity.
Hosting facilities will need to meet NPS standards for temperature and humidity control and security to ensure the preservation of artifacts. Receiving institutions will set-up, promote and market the exhibit, bear shipping costs, arrange for a former POW to attend the exhibit opening, host the exhibit for a three- to six-month period, use NPS-provided educational materials, and record the number of visitors.