WILBERFORCE — The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center will have special programming commemorating Veterans Day Saturday, Nov. 11.
In addition to free admission for all veterans, there will be a 1 p.m. lecture and a 2:30 p.m. art workshop.
The Veterans Day Historically Speaking Lecture Program, Searching for Homer Lawson: Ohio’s African American World War I Soldiers, will discuss the role of black World War I soldiers, which is barely mentioned or completely unknown. Ohio historian Paul LaRue will explore Homer Lawson and the important contributions by other World War I era African Americans.
At the art workshop, attendees can create holiday thank you cards to send to soldiers who are currently serving in the military. Programming and workshop supplies are included with paid museum admission.
In support of active-duty troops, the museum will be collecting personal care and other items for the USO Holiday Care Package Program 12-4 p.m. Volunteers will be stationed outside of the museum to collect donations. Needed items are:
fruit roll ups; beef sticks and small jerky packs; individual cans of “Bing” drinks; cans of soda; cases of water; Justin’s individual peanut butter packs; cereal bars; pudding cups; applesauce cups; Pop Tarts; cheese sticks; individual cups of oatmeal, mac and cheese, and noodles; microwave bowls of soup; “Tasty Bites” microwave pouches of soup or noodles; tea bags; individual drink boxes for kids; individual small boxes of raisins; individual size candy bars; any type of energy bar, cliff bar, protein bar or nutrition bar; snack size bags of chips, popcorn, or pretzels; and travel toiletries.
The new World War II exhibit, African Americans Fighting for the Double Victory will also be open to visitors.
The museum is at 1350 Brush Row Road, Wilberforce. The National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $3 for ages 6–17. Ohio History Connection members and anyone under 6 is free.
For more information, or to learn about scheduling group tours, call 800-752-2603 or visit www.ohiohistory.org/naamcc.
Xenia Daily Gazette news report compiled by Scott Halasz.