The Martha Canfield Memorial Library and the Russell Vermontiana Collection will host a special World War II exhibit.
The first section, Arlington at Home, highlights the local impact of the war in daily life for residents of Arlington, Sandgate, and Sunderland, Vermont. The exhibit will display original items from the Russell Collection including examples of rationing materials, Civil Defense drills, and plane spotters’ records (Yes, we did maintain an active plane spotting unit in Arlington!).
The second part of the exhibit is focused on the World War II history of the USS Bennington aircraft carrier. This is presented with the annual USS Bennington Crew Reunion held in Bennington, Vermont during the Bennington Battle Days.
The Bennington carried bomber, fighter, and torpedo squadrons that inflicted heavy damage on Japanese land, air, and sea targets. Bennington pilots landed the first two hits on the great Japanese battleship, the Yamato. The carrier proudly served until she was decommissioned and sold for scrap in January 1994.
The Arlington at Home and the USS Bennington exhibit will be on display from Thursday August 16 through Sunday August 19, with a reception for the USS Bennington Reunion members and the public on Friday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Special hours for viewing the exhibit are Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
For more information visit the library’s website at www.marthacanfieldlibrary.org, or call 802-375-6153.