"Windows of Time," a new display at Franklin County History Museum is an ongoing effort to collect photographs of military personnel for permanent collection. The project is initially seeking photographs of veterans of the Civil War.
A cooperative effort by the Jubal Early Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy and Franklin County Historical Society, some 100 photos of Confederate veterans are already in place. Eventually, the project will expand to other wars and military conflicts in keeping with the UDC's goal of recognizing and supporting veterans of all wars and leading educational efforts associated with this patriotism, according to Linda Nezbeth, UDC member.
The brainchild of Nezbeth, "Windows of Time" features customized windows with multiple panes for photos. The windows were fashioned by Nezbeth's husband, Paul.
"We started with Confederate Veterans to first recognize the ancestors of members of the Jubal Early Chapter UDC," Nezbeth explained. "As we collected more photos, we expanded to include other CSA veterans. This project is planned to call attention to the service of local men and women in times of warfare."
"We plan to put these photographs into a booklet and offer it for sale to benefit the UDC's scholarship fund, began by one of our now deceased members, Hazel Holland Davis," Nezbeth added. "It is appropriate that several of her relatives are in the very first "Window of Time."
Anyone who would like to share a Confederate veteran's picture can bring the photograph to the Franklin County History Museum for copying while you wait. Digital photos can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Be sure to include the person's name and your own so the soldier can be properly identified.
Nezbeth emphasized that the veteran's photo does not have to show him in uniform or at the age of his service.
"We are pleased to host this collection," said Linda Stanley, special projects coordinator for Franklin County Historical Society. "The military service and dedication of our local people to a cause is legendary - from before the Revolutionary War to today's war in Iraq."
"This project by the UDC is a wonderful way to help us remember our ancestors and their sacrifices in the cause of freedom," she added. "We look forward to this collection gorwing through the sharing of photographs by interested people."
The history museum is open daily 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed Wednesday and Sunday. Groups by appointment only. Admission is free.
The history museum is at 508 Franklin Street, Rocky Mount. Call 483-1890 for more informaiton.
Article appeard in The Franklin News Post on Wednesday, March 21, 2007