FRAMINGHAM – To mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the Framingham History Center hosted an open house on Monday, November 12.
Sunday was the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
The Center premiered An American Town in World War I in April of 2018. The exhibit was the backdrop for the Center’s open house.
As part of the 4-hour event on Monday, newly-elected State Representative Maria Robinson, and the City of Framingham Veterans Services, honored the memory of three Framingham men, who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War I, with a Medal of Liberty.
“We had such a great day,” said Framingham History Center Assistant Director Laura Stagliola, who said more than 130 individuals attended the free events on Monday.
“Kevin Swope’s talk on Captain Arthur ‘Ray’ Brooks filled every seat with 65 attendees,” said Stagliola. “His talk was very well done and left people wanting to buy a book on Brooks, which does not exist!”
The craft/story hour drew a couple dozen families, and featured Libby Franck reading “Finding Winnie” and a great Poppy poem.
For a craft, attendees “made parachutes out of coffee filters.” In World War I, parachutes only carried supplies.
Families also explored the World War I exhibit with a new scavenger hunt, geared for elementary-age kids.
The World War I exhibit is at the Center through April 2019.
Photos courtesy of Framingham History Center