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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

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Local military history preserved in Hurleyville

By Margaret Bruetsch - reporter/photographer

By: Margaret Bruetsch | Democrat
Uniforms belonging to various Sullivan County Veterans hang in “The Military Room.” Some resident veterans include Carl Garritt, Allan Dampman, and August Rattershausen.
HURLEYVILLE — “The Military Room” at the Sullivan County Museum in Hurleyville was opened to the public on Saturday as a permanent exhibit.
“I put it in the minds of people years ago, and it had to go through a long process,” curator Sharon Thorpe explained. “This is strictly a tribute to Sullivan County Veterans. All uniforms from the Civil War to Desert Storm come from different local veterans who served in all types of branches.”
Located on the second floor of the museum, “The Military Room” opened after a ribbon cutting by Howie Goldsmith, Chairman of the Sullivan County Veteran's Coalition alongside Thorpe. The public reception gave those in attendance the first chance to look at local military artifacts and memorabilia.

“Since so many of the VFW [posts] are closing, someone has to preserve their history and remember them,” Sullivan County Museum Director Pat Burns said.
The exhibit guides visitors from the Civil War through to Desert Storm, with recovered items including Civil War signs and hardtack, combat gear from most 20th century wars, and uniforms from local veterans. The room also displays medals earned by the Reverend Monsignor Albert Steffens who fought in both World War II and the Korean War, and Lt. Col. Monroe Davis, as well as an information plaque devoted to the story of local Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Francis Currey.
“When I became president of the Sullivan County Historical Society I gave a list of what I wanted to accomplish,” George Ardito said. “I wanted a Veteran's Room and Susan did it.”
The Sullivan County Museum at 265 Main St., Hurleyville is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

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