CROSBY -- Veterans of the armed services with roots in Cuyuna Range country are being asked to provide information for a history magazine being planned for the Cuyuna Country Heritage Preservation Society.
The information will also be valuable for Volume II of the "Cuyuna Country: A People's History," another current project of the society, said Gene Foote, who is coordinating the effort.
"We are interested in all available information on the veterans of the armed services who are or have served their country during times of war, including the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean conflict, Vietnam, the Gulf War and other areas of recent conflict, including the war against terrorism," Foote said.
Berger Aulie, CCHPS senior editor for publications, said it became apparent that while the society has a great deal of information on many aspects of Cuyuna Range history, the military is the most neglected single "story."
A major history magazine on veterans and wartime, coordinated by Foote, is planned for publication in time for the Fourth of July 2002. Much of the same information will also find its way into Volume II of the CCHPS local history book series, Aulie said.
"A very wise old person said, 'History has a way of passing in the night, unless someone or some organization starts to collect, confirm and catalog periods of history and events,'" Foote said.
"With this in mind, we ask that any veteran or family members of veterans who have information they would like to share with the community gather that information and make it available to the CCHPS."
Anyone who has an interesting story or stories to tell can send them in either typewritten or in legible handwriting.
Information on veterans and military should be directed to Gene Foote, and other information to "Volume II, Cuyuna Country Heritage." All material may be mailed to CCHPS Box 68, Ironton, MN 56455 or brought to the Heritage office in the lower level of the First National Bank of Crosby.
Office hours are 9 a.m. to noon Mondays; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays; 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; and noon to 3 p.m. Fridays.
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