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Angelo State Launches Virtual Exhibit of West Texas World War II Stories

September 28, 2021

Angelo State University’s College of Arts and Humanities has launched a new virtual public exhibition titled “Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times” that chronicles the World War II experiences of a diverse group of people with ties to West Texas.

While the history of World War II is often told on a global scale, the stories presented in the ASU exhibition are much more intimate. They include audio and transcribed interviews, personal letters, photos and other documents that illustrate how these ordinary people were impacted by the war.

The exhibition is now available for free public viewing at angelo.edu/world-war-2-exhibit. It currently includes the stories of:

“Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times” is the first exhibition generated by the ASU College of Arts and Humanities’ Oral History projects. Faculty and students from the academic departments within the college are actively collecting oral histories, documents, photos, memorabilia and other items for the George Wesley Ricks Memorial World War II Oral History Archive and the Greatest Generation Oral History Archive. Many of the physical items and digital copies will also be housed in the ASU West Texas Collection.

The George Wesley Ricks Archive preserves the experiences of West Texas veterans of World War II and the Korean War. The Greatest Generation Archive preserves the experiences of people born in the early 1900s to mid-1920s who lived in West Texas during some point in their lives. Both archives are funded by anonymous grants to ASU facilitated by the San Angelo Area Foundation.

Future live exhibitions will take place in the ASU Mayer Museum as more histories are added to the two archives. More details on submitting oral histories and other items to the archives are available at angelo.edu/oralhistory.