Hey gents....thought I'd share this with you all. It's not tractor or farm related, but Ithink it's something you will all appreciate...especially if any of you are military history buffs like me. Besides WWII military history, I am also a ski history buff. I like old skis, boots, gear, etc, from the 1930's and 40's. In 1999 I produced an hour long documentary about a regionally famous ski trail (The Thunderbolt Ski Run) here in my hometown of Adams, MA. This was my Spring, Summer, Fall 2012 Project. http://thunderboltskirun.com/documentary.html
During the year I spent making that film I formed many long lasting and deep connections to a dozen WWII 10th Mountain Division veterans and a dozen more veteran skiers from the 30's and 40's. As the years have gone by and as they have all but passed away, I explored the idea of opening a museum to preserve the quickly fading memory of these early skiers in America...most of whom who went on to serve in Italy with the 10th. Last year a local non-profit club I am asscociated with secured funding through a small grant, and we embarked on a mission to open a museum in Adams dedicated to telling the story of this ski trail and the men who raced on it...to keep their legacy alive for others to learn about.
A dozen volunteers and I spent this past spring and summer overhauling a space in a building our Town allowed us to use for the museum. We also scoured New England looking for ski memorabilia and anything related to the 10th Mtn. Div. On October 7th, 2012 we held a ribbon cutting ceremony. Four veteran skiers from the 30's and 40's gave us the honor of performing the ceremony. Two of them are the last 2 living veterans of the 10th Mtn. Div. (out of 22...the highest per capita enlistment rate in the 10th in America during WWII).
It was a great day, and it was an honor to be a part of the process. Plus, I got to combine my two great passions....military history and ski history into one project. Dug a lot of neat things out of the woodwork. None of it belongs to me, but it was neat to find these items nonetheless and put them on display for all to enjoy.
Hope you enjoy.
Here are a few BEFORE PICS. The building had a generic display of local cultural things to do....museums, art, food, music, etc.
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