The curator of the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum in Johnston is taking steps to ensure the stories of modern-day soldiers don’t get lost in an electronic blip. Michael Vogt (VOHT) says he and other National Guard officials are corresponding via email with Iowa soldiers who’re serving in Iraq, Afghanistan or other assignments in the War on Terror. Vogt’s printing the email and putting it in a file. He says those email “letters” will be just as valuable to historians as the hand-written letters veterans of past wars sent back home. Vogt is also collecting items for a new exhibit. Next April, the museum hopes to open a new exhibit honoring the soldiers who served in the first Gulf War and in the current War on Terror. “Things continue to come into the collection and we invite your listeners who might be veterans of the War on Terror or the Iraq War to keep us in mind if they would like to make contributions here — photographs of themselves and their buddies while they were deployed overseas, souveniers,” Vogt says. To reach the museum, call 515-252-4531. The museum’s located on Camp Dodge in Johnston, the headquarters of the Iowa National Guard. The museum was founded in June of 1985 and was originally housed in the first floor of the chapel on the base. In 1994, the museum moved into its present quarters, a brick office-style building that used to be the Guard’s command headquarters.
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