Exhibit features Korean War vets

Lake Geneva Public Library display features photo of local resident

(Published October. 17, 2006, 8:38 a.m.)

The Lake Geneva Public Library will host a traveling photo exhibit of Wisconsin Korean War veterans created by Wisconsin Public Television (WPT).

The display features a photo of Lake Geneva resident Stewart Sizemore, who served in Korea. In honor of Veterans Day, Sizemore will present the stirring first person account of his experiences in the Korean War on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. in the library's Smith Meeting Room.

The exhibit will be displayed during the month of October at 918 W. Main St., Lake Geneva.

In conjunction with its documentary series Wisconsin Korean War Stories, WPT created evocative portraits of eight Wisconsin veterans who served in a "hot" battle of the Cold War.

Wisconsin Korean War Stories - a project of the Wisconsin Historical Society and WPT in association with the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs - documents the recollections of more than 50 state residents who played a part in a conflict in a country less than twice the size of Wisconsin.

For its veterans it was a particularly bloody and wrenching experience. This was made all the more difficult upon returning home after the three-year engagement to nothing like that experienced by the World War II veterans. The Korean War has been termed the Forgotten War for good reason.

In addition to this photo exhibit, the project includes a premiere television broadcast at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, teacher curriculum and a book that will be published in spring 2008. There also is an extensive Web site at wisconsinstories.org.

WPT designer Brian Lorbiecki used staff photographer Jim Gill's portraits, and quotes from the veterans, in fashioning the display.

Funding for Wisconsin Korean War Stories is provided by the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation, the Krause Foundation, Duard and Dorothea Walker, Joseph and Patricia Okray, the Okray Foundation, and John and Sherry Stilin. WPT is a service of the Educational Communications Board and the University of Wisconsin-Extension. For more information about the exhibit or program, please call the Lake Geneva Public Library at (262) 249-5299.

 

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