With Memorial Day on the horizon, it’s a time for people to reflect on their heritage and honor those who gave their lives for our freedoms. It’s a time to decorate the graves of your loved ones, fly the flag, and it has normally been a time to attend a Memorial Day Service organized by local VFW and American Legion members displaying flags, giving speeches, and playing taps. This year the remembrance will look different.
Local museums offer exhibits honoring local service members during different times of conflict including the All Wars Museum at the Illinois Veterans Home, Quincy Museum, and History Museum on Washington Square. You can take a virtual tour of these on Arts Quincy’s Facebook page on the video tab.
Currently, Quincy Art Center is hosting the “100 Faces of War” exhibition, which is on loan from The Smithsonian. The organization has provided a video tour of the exhibit on its Facebook page as well as YouTube. You can also read about it in a recent AQ blog post, click here.
If you are spending more time at home these days, we encourage you to dig into your own ancestry. We invite you to read an article provided by Henry Pratt with the Great River Genealogical Society that was published in a previous edition of Arts Quincy magazine. (Download here.) The story offers advice on how to write your family’s own history book and how to research, organize, and prepare so you can build a legacy book that will be treasured for generations to come!
Several Arts Quincy’s partner organizations offer resources and guidance in your genealogy research including the Great River Genealogical Society, Quincy Public Library, and Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County. Learn more at gr-gs.org, quincylibrary.org, and hsqac.org.