- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

PITTSFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A Vietnam War veteran and the president of the Pike County Historical Society in western Illinois want to build a museum to display war memorabilia to honor the area’s veterans.

Lloyd Lawber, who earned a Purple Heart in the Vietnam War, said he hopes the museum will be located in the former VFW building in Pittsfield. It would some items that are in storage or on display at the Historic East School, he said. Lawber also suspects memorabilia are scattered about the region in people’s attics and basements.

“They don’t know what to do with it and might like to put it in a museum,” he told The Quincy Herald-Whig (https://bit.ly/ZzQYxQ).

With graves of veterans dating all the way back to the Revolutionary War in the county, both Evans and Lawber said the area has a valuable and interesting story to tell that warrants a museum.

“It’s needed for this community,” Lawber said.

An informational meeting is scheduled for Tuesday in Pittsfield and Bob Craig, the curator at the All Wars Museum at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, has agreed to attend the meeting and answer questions about how to build a museum.

“We’re not experts on what to do on a museum, but through trial and error, we’ve learned a few things,” Craig said.

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Information from: The Quincy Herald-Whig, https://www.whig.com

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