EATON — In 2018, organizations across the country will commemorate the centennial of the end of World War I, which ended on November 11, 1918. The Preble County Room, Preble County District Library’s local history and genealogy department, is seeking donations or copies of local World War I artifacts.
According to Preble County Room Supervisor Angie Getter, the Preble County Room is seeking any photos or letters, which staff will then compile into a memorial book complete with family trees and a book specific to Preble County World War I veterans. The PC Room will accept original documents or copies. Although Preble County records are preferred, information for veterans in surrounding communities may be helpful.
“This project will give our researchers a convenient resource to learn about the local connections to World War I,” Getter said. “It’s an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the sacrifices of our ancestors.”
The project mirrors a nationwide effort by the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, created in 2013 by an act of Congress, to develop projects and activities to memorialize the centennial of the war’s end. For more information on the commission, visit www.worldwar1centennial.org.
For more information on donating to the Preble County Room’s WWI project, contact Getter at 937-456-4970 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The PC Room is also always in search of donations of funeral cards and school yearbooks to add to the collection.
Visit the Preble County Room at 450 S. Barron St. in Eaton. The Preble County Room is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and the first and third Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.