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ST. MATTHEWS -- The Calhoun County Museum and Cultural Center will hold its biannual gala on Saturday with a focus on the centennial of World War I.

Museum Director Debbie Roland said guests will experience the war through a collection of memorabilia from the 600 soldiers from Calhoun County having served in the war, as well as displays about the war from start to finish.

“People have forgotten about World War I because World War II came so quickly,” Roland said. “It was an awful war. We want people to remember that if it weren’t for these people who sacrificed, we wouldn’t have the freedoms we have today.”

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The event is dedicated to the 600 veterans from Calhoun, one of whom was awarded a medal in France. A replica of that medal is part of the collection.

Other artifacts include letters, 12 of them unopened correspondence from soldiers sent to their wives back home. “We have never opened them,” Roland said.

Also included is the diary of F.M. Prickett Sr., who went across the ocean seven time during the war on the Susquehanna. The ship is also pictured in the collection.

“We also have rifles that were brought back home,” Roland said, as well as the charter from American Legion Post 12 in Calhoun County, which was founded after the war.

The World War I collections will be up at the museum until August, Roland said. And in the weeks after the gala, visitors will also be able to have a unique World War I experience.

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Inside will be a specially constructed trench to give people the experience of what it was like to be a soldier staying day in and day out in the infamous trenches on the western front during “the war to end all wars.”

The gala begins at 5:30 at the museum at 313 Butler St. in St. Matthews. Tickets have been sold out since Dec. 31 and no tickets will be available at the door. A crowd of about 400 is expected.

The evening’s program will open with the Sandy Run K-8 School Chorus singing patriotic songs. That will be followed by a moment of silence, after which “Taps” will be played. All will then join in the singing of “God Bless America,” after which the Band of Oz will perform.

A special attraction at the event will be a World War I-themed cake created by Bonnie Brunt of St. Matthews.

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A variety of heavy hor d’oeuvres and confections will be served throughout the evening by Jack Brantley of Aberdeen Catery in Camden.

The Calhoun County Museum and Cultural Center began as a historical society in 1952 and expanded to collecting genealogical items and other artifacts in 1958.

It was first located behind the old library in St. Matthews, but in 1976 it moved to a 5,000-square-foot building on Butler Street that once served as a pecan plant. The building was renovated with private dollars and grant funding.

The museum has expanded over the years to approximately 20,000 square feet and includes space for special presentations and mobile displays. There is also a courtyard and a separate room for researching genealogical records.

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Museum visitors today can learn about early life in Calhoun County and surrounding areas through exhibits featuring farm and domestic machinery, period clothing, automobiles, photographs and more.

The museum is open to the public 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Admission is free.

The museum’s Facebook group Calhoun County Museum Friends posts the center’s most recent events and happenings.

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