Fort Hays State University's Forsyth Library is showcasing two displays of military and historical importance.
Items from the Cecil B. and Laura G. Currey Archive of Military History are on display near the library's reserve desk.
The first display is based upon Currey's book Follow Me and Die: The Destruction of an American Division in World War II. It chronicles the ill-fated campaign of the 28th Infantry Division to take the Hurtgen Forest and several German towns.
" The division was wiped out and was one of the costliest and bloodiest battles for Americans during World War Two," said Patty Nicholas, special collections archivist.
The second display features items from Colonial America and the Revolutionary War and several books about the era by Currey. Rare items include two letters written and signed by Benjamin Franklin.
The items will be on public display through the end of the fall 2004 semester. Both public displays may be viewed during normal library hours:
-- 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Monday through Thursday
-- 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday
-- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday
-- 1 p.m. to midnight; Sunday
Other items in the collection but not on display may be viewed in the special collections room from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments can be made by calling 628-5901. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Currey is retired from Southern Florida University, where he was a professor of history. He received bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in science and philosophy from FHSU in the 1950s. Laura Currey also graduated from FHSU during the same period, with a bachelor's degree in elementary education.
The Curreys currently reside in Lutz, FL, near their children and grandchildren.