HAYS, KS -- U.S. military uniform history from World War I to Vietnam will be represented in a display at Fort Hays State University's Forsyth Library beginning on Homecoming weekend, Sept. 29 to Oct. 1.
The uniform exhibit is part of a much larger collection, the Cecil B. and Laura G. Currey Archive of Military History, of thousands of documents, clippings, photographs and memorabilia of American military history.
The Curreys are both graduates of FHSU. Dr. Cecil Currey earned bachelor and master's degrees in history from FHSU before earning his doctorate from the University of Kansas. He is a retired professor of history from the University of South Florida, Lutz. Currey is a noted historian of the U.S. military. Two of the uniforms in the collection have personal connections. One is the uniform his father-in-law wore during World War I.
Laura Currey earned a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education from FHSU.
Homecoming weekend at Forsyth Library will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, on the main floor of the library with a varied program that includes the kick-off of a new organization, Friends of Forsyth Library, the unveiling of a permanent display of a scale model of Walker Air Base, built by artist Steve Arthur, a student at FHSU, and the opening of the uniform exhibit.
Dr. Robert Rook, associate professor of history at FHSU, will begin the day with an introduction on "War and Education." Dorothy Bemis will speak on "Memories of the Second World War." Dr. Currey will then speak on "The Vietnam War."
The Walker model artist, Arthur, will also be present during the opening.
"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 at the same time, and another display will be opening that day, "Reproductions of World War II Photographs and Pamphlet Covers."
John Ross, director of Forsyth Library, will also present the library awards for 2000.