Amongst Our Archives

Priceless artifacts are donated to Old Jefferson Town museum from community members and their families. Items, such as this photograph taken in 1921, are often tucked away in dusty boxes, file folders or scrapbooks. The pages are often worn and frayed and at times crumble in your hands.

"As a volunteer, you can't help but have your breath taken away at times when you come across photos that you least expected. When I pulled this photo out of the black leather torn photo album, that was in a box donated by the Raymond Riley family, a lump in my throat formed. Throughout many years, soldiers have gone to battle and served our country. Wrapping ones thoughts around the number of loved ones who didn't come home or came home unknown is hard to put into words. How fitting that I should happen to come across these photos so close to Veteran's Day." Deb Case

'In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…" '

https://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp

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