BCHM hosting WWI and WWII exhibit

Special to Atmore News

The sixth annual exhibit of the “WWI & WWII – Memories of Baldwin County” will be on display at the Baldwin County Heritage Museum (BCHM) in Elberta from October 17 through December 16. Admission is free and the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.
The exhibit, endorsed by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission and sponsored by BCHM, features the role Baldwin County played in World War II with the Navy’s “Outer Landing Fields” (OLF), the training for the secret mission of “Operation Ivory Soap” and the POW camps in Baldwin County.
Storyboards feature the military service of citizens from Baldwin County and civilians who were “ground observers” and work for Office of Price Administration. There are military artifacts along with home front items.
In addition, a storyboard will feature Atmore resident Essie Josey who was a spotter in fire towers during WWII.
For one day only – An added feature this year is a presentation by Coletta Bailey on “Feed Sacks: Their Role in WWI & WWII.” Using a power point presentation along with examples of wartime feed sacks, Bailey explains the role of the cotton bag with focus on saving a nation from starvation in WWI and the bag manufacturers’ contribution to the war effort in WWII. The presentation will begin at 1 p.m. sharp on November 3 and is endorsed by Alabama Bicentennial Commission. The presentation will be held at the Baldwin County Heritage Museum, located in Elberta.
The exhibit and presentation are appropriate for all ages.
Call BCHM for a guided group tour at 251-986-8375.