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October 16, 2011

WOLF CREEK HERITAGE MUSEUM NOTES
by Virginia Scott

MUSEUM HAPPENINGS

We are still reviewing and cleaning our archive room and it looks wonderful. The board meeting, Tuesday, was well attended. We hold two meetings one for the museum and one for the historical society. The minutes of both groups are available at the museum office. We are in need of new board members so if you are interested in serving please contact Anna Lee Barton or Judge Willis Smith. The board meets quarterly and it involves minimal committee work. At this meeting the board discussed our progress with the new building, our upcoming fundraiser. Action items included the approval of a vision statement. Current committee reports were also received.

The Barbeque Dinner is scheduled for this Saturday, October 22nd at 6:30 pm at the Lipscomb School. Tickets are available at the door. The program will be presented by Lance Bussard on Lipscomb County Finds. It should be a great evening so enjoy the fall weather with the turning leaves and join us.

A remainder that Amy Winton's exhibit has only two weeks left. Amy will be closing it on Monday, October 31. It is a wonderful exhibit of Lipscomb historic homes so come see it before it closes. We will be exhibiting some of the Museum collection in November. We will close during December again this year so we can all have a vacation.

HISTORICAL MUSINGS

In cleaning the archives, we are eliminating duplicate newspapers and the extras are used for obituaries and to me for articles of interest that can be used for this column. In an issue of the The Follett Times dated June 14, 1945, an article entitled "Concentration Camp Horrors are Told" by Hon. Eugene Worley described his observations of these camps as follows: " I have never seen any sight so horrible and so repulsive as I saw at the concentration camp at Buchenwald. Try to imagine the entire population of a city the size of Amarillo being starved to death. this is approximately the number who were killed or starved at Buchenwald. The filth, stench, and disease were unbelievable and death was undoubtedly welcomed by many of the political prisoners rather than a continuance of the living hell in which they were confined. There were no sanitary facilities whatever. Each inmate received a crust of black bread and a bowl of potato soup once a day. This was the complete ration day in and day out out. Typhus and dysentery ran riot. Every conceivable kind of body parasite and skin disease were present. I was in one barracks which measured about 20 by 200 feet in which 2300 prisoners were kept."

This is why we should not forget our history. So evil like this is never allowed to be repeated. In the July 26,1945 issue, a small entry stated "Peace will not come from charters or peace treaties, but only when the peoples of the world are willing to live and let live on an equal basis".

Have a good week!


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