HAYS, KS -- Walker Air Base will live again, this time in Fort Hays State University's Forsyth Library, when a scale model of the base is unveiled Friday, Sept. 29, in conjunction with Homecoming.
The event, which begins at 1 p.m. on the main floor of the library, will also provide a launch for the new Friends of Forsyth Library and a forum for presentation of the library's Year 2000 Awards.
Dr. Robert Rook, associate professor of history at FHSU, will deliver the introduction, "War and Education." Dorothy Bemis will speak next on "Memories of the Second World War." Dr. Cecil Currey, a professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Florida, Tampa, will speak on "The Vietnam War."
Currey has also provided one of the three other attractions of the day: "Military Uniforms from World War I, World War II, and Vietnam" comes from his collection. "Amelia Earhart: Taking Flight in Kansas," an exhibit from the Kansas State Historical Society, will be ending the first week of a month-long stay at Forsyth. Also on display will be "Reproductions of World War II Photographs and Pamphlet Covers."
After the speakers, the Walker Air Base model will be unveiled, the Friends of Forsyth Library will be officially started and library awards will be presented.
The creator of the model, artist Steve Arthur, will also be on hand during the day.