Bandy Center’s Traveling WWII Exhibit at Little White House
July 11, 2013
The Bandy Heritage Center of Dalton State College pays tribute to World War II-era Georgians who contributed to the war effort overseas and on the homefront in a traveling exhibit that is open to the public until August 16 at Franklin Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site in Warm Springs, Georgia.
The heart of the traveling exhibit is a series of expertly rendered models of vintage aircraft, armored vehicles, and war ships. Replicas of aircraft from the Eighth Air Force initially based at Savannah and armored vehicles of the Six Cavalry initially based in Fort Oglethorpe are featured in dioramas.
In addition, there are three unique models constructed by Stephen Vallis, an internationally known model builder from Canada. The first is the cruiser USS Atlanta lost in naval action off Guadalcanal; the second is the SS James Oglethorpe, the first liberty ship constructed in Savannah; and the third is a German submarine, the U-202, similar to the ones that prowled off the Georgia coast searching for merchant ships.
Lining the hallway leading from the admission office into the main entrance to the Roosevelt museum are the newest additions to the exhibit, 18 informational text panels complete with photographs.
“The theme of the text panels, ‘Over Here and Over There: Georgia and Georgians in World War II’ fits in perfectly with the park because of President Roosevelt’s deep emotional ties to Warm Springs and his wartime leadership,” said Brian Hilliard, Project Director of the Bandy Center.
In addition to text panels, photographs, and models, the interactive exhibit includes uniforms, equipment, and replicas of firearms used by Georgians in the military. There are also recorded accounts of veterans, factory workers, nurses, and other ordinary Georgians who contributed to the war effort. Period music and news broadcasts are also part of the exhibit.
In 1932, while he was still the governor of New York, FDR came to Warm Springs, Georgia, to look for a cure for his polio. While the springs didn’t cure him, they improved his condition somewhat, leading to the construction of what became known as the “Little White House,” where Roosevelt developed many of his New Deal programs while in town to relax in the warm waters.
The exhibit will be available for viewing from now until August 16, from 9 am to 5 pm at Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site in Warm Springs, Georgia.