Exhibit to Honor Hudson Valley Veterans in the Marvin Library

            The “Pride of our Nation… Pride of our College” exhibit is now open in the Marvin Library, displaying a collection of artifacts, photographs and stories from past and current veterans. It includes items from the United States Armed Forces spanning from the Civil War all the way up to today.

All of the photographs and artifacts have been donated from Hudson Valley students, teachers, faculty and staff.

“A lot of people have strong opinions about this country, but many don’t understand what has been endured. This exhibit shows the many sacrifices people have made for our freedoms,” said Shauna Anderson, third year honors liberal arts major.

The official opening of the exhibit started with a lecture called “Hearing Lost Voices: Finding and Sharing Individual Stories of Sacrifice at Andersonville Prison.”

Students from La Salle Institute’s color guard opened the event with the Presentation of Colors.

Following this ceremony, Alice E. Malavasic, American history professor, introduced the speaker of the night.

The speaker was Christopher Barr, a museum interpreter at the Andersonville National Historic Site in Andersonville, Ga. Barr explained to the crowd what he does to connect personal civil war stories to the overall war.

Barr started his presentation by having all the veterans in the audience stand while they were applauded by the audience. He then went on to explain the importance of the prison in Andersonville during the Civil War.

Andersonville was the largest Civil War prison that approximately 35,000 soldiers passed through, while 13,000 of them died.

Barr focused on five main points, including “Dealing with Tragedy,” “Old Stories,” “Finding Unexpected Voices,” “Finding Lost Stories” and “Where to Find Primary Sources.”

Barr explained how placing blame in a war can be difficult when so many statistics are involved.  In reference to Jack Dawson from the Titanic, Barr said, “They boiled an entire tragedy into a single story.”

After his presentation, a reception was held in the Dwight Marvin Library Atrium where the “Pride of our Nation… Pride of our College” exhibit will be located until Saturday, Dec. 7.

The exhibit was officially opened after a traditional cake cutting ceremony.

Benjamin Colin, first year individual studies major who served as a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, cut the cake with a veteran who served in World War II.

“It’s important to recognize the history of service members from both the past and present. It’s nice to carry on our heritage for generations,” said Colin.

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