Museum To Preview WWI Exhibit On Memorial Day
By Saul Qersdyn
Published: May 23, 2014 @ 9:00 AM EDT
The Roselle Park Historical Museum will be hosting a special preview of its new exhibit “Roselle Park’s Role in World War I” on Memorial Day, May 26th.
The museum will be open after the Borough’s Memorial Day Parade and Remembrance Ceremony and before the townwide picnic at the Casano Center between the 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
“It’s an ideal time for residents to get an inside view of how their hometown pitched in as the whole world went to war”, stated Roselle Park Historical Society member and councilwoman Charlene Storey.
The exhibit includes profiles of each of the Roselle Park’s Lost Doughboys – those who went to the Great War but never came back home. There will also be information about the old Marconi Factory, now commonly referred to at the Romerovsky Property, which played a critical role in winning the Great War and was constantly guarded by troops; efforts in the borough to help finance the war by selling Liberty Bonds; medals awarded to residents; sheet music; patriotic posters, and more.
Also included is information about the “Spirit of Freedom” Doughboy statues, one of which stands on the lawn of the Roselle Park Veterans Memorial Library. Its presence, along with a second Doughboy statue on the grounds of the American Legion post, are among the reasons Mayor and Council declared Roselle Park “The Doughboy Borough”.
Regular Roselle Park Museum hours are Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The next meeting of the Roselle Park Historical Society, who are the caretakers of not only the Roselle Park Museum but also the Borough’s history, will be on Tuesday, May 27th at 7 p.m. at the Museum. Refreshments will be served.