Calling all Veterans or their families that live or lived in the Dallastown Area. The Dallastown Area Historical Society is sponsoring a Community Share Day on Sunday September 16th from 10 am - 2 pm at the Dallastown American Legion (upstairs).
We would like to document how people from Dallastown have served their country and how war has affected the lives of its citizens. Share your stories, medals, letters, photos or any artifacts relating to the military in war or peacetime. We will have a camera, copier, video camera and scanner available to make a record of your artifacts and photographs. If you have a collection that you would like to display and share we have tables available for use at no charge. The general public is welcome. Food will be available for purchase by the Legion Auxiliary.
The stories and experience of those who served our country are priceless first hand accounts of our history. The memorabilia and keepsakes from their service are more than special. In many cases they are sacred. Many servicemen and their families would not want to part with them for any reason. What we would like to say to them is that the very reason these pieces of their lives are so revered to them, is what makes them so important to our town and it’s history. They may pass things down and their stories may be told to their relatives, but slowly they will be lost to time and fading memories. Someone may have great-great grandfather’s kepi cap from the Civil War but how much of his story, who he was, where he was, what he did and what he actually went though do they know?
As a historical society and museum we are entrusted to keep the history of our town for future generations. To people that never had these experiences and no longer have a direct connections with these enormously world changing events and times these objects can teach history in a real, very relate-able way. The idea of this “History Share” event is that the historical society can photograph, scan, copy and video these precious artifacts and record the stories of the people that owned them so that together they can be preserved. Your personal story can be told and shared without giving anything up. Of course, since we do have a wonderful museum in Dallastown, we welcome and highly encourage people to donate items so they can be safely kept and displayed for generations to come. Of course as a non-profit all donation are tax deductible as well.
What greater gift can we pass on to the next generation than real personal experiences and stories of the brave men and women who served our country in the armed forces?