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The Grove City Town Center Inc. is proud to sponsor the World of Wonders during September 21 through mid December in the Grove City Welcome Center and Museum, 3378 Park St.   The museum is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday hours are 10a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

By MARK DUBOVEC,
Reporter for Thisweek Community Newspapers
Wednesday September 23, 2015 2:05 PM

The new exhibit at the Grove City Welcome Center & Museum is reporting for duty.

The World of Wonders exhibit, sponsored by Grove City Town Center Inc., officially opened to the public Monday, Sept. 21, and will remain on display at the center and museum, 3378 Park St., through mid-December.

This year’s exhibit centers on military memorabilia such as uniforms, helmets, medals, replica weapons and other assorted gear, including K-rations.

“Hopefully, we’ll have a little bit of everything,” said Bob Traphagan, who contributed most of the items on display. “There’s so many things you can own, and I have a lot of it.”

Traphagan, a Grove City resident, has been collecting military memorabilia for more than 25 years. He is also the curator of the Central Ohio Military Museum, a nonprofit organization he founded with the intent to house his collection in a permanent, physical location.

One of the goals of the World of Wonders exhibit, he said, is to stir up interest for a permanent museum in the Grove City area.

Andy Furr, executive director of the Town Center group, said the organization has talked for a couple of years about a military-themed exhibit. The Town Center has also reached out to families of local veterans and other groups for items to display.

“There’s a lot of history when you talk about the military,” Furr said. “We thought it was a good time to memorialize it.”

The uniforms and gear on display come from a number of conflicts, ranging from World War I and World War II to Korea, Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm. Traphagan said they are looking into obtaining gear from the more recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Included with the uniforms are write-ups explaining the history of the service members who owned them. Among them are the Army uniform of the late Lee Huffman, who was a teacher and coach at Grove City High School and participated in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II, and the Marine uniforms of Harold and Luther Crabtree, brothers who were at Iwo Jima.

Traphagan, who is also a member of the living history group 101st Airborne 502PIR Co. 3rd Battalion, said he meets a lot of veterans through the organization and hears their stories.

“You never know who you meet,” Traphagan said. “Everyone has a story … (and) I love to hear their veterans’ stories.”

Traphagan said his interest in history stemmed from his father, a World War II veteran.

“All my dad’s friends were vets,” he said. “You’d hear the stories.”

, During the World of Wonders exhibit, the Grove City Welcome Center & Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday Thursday,and Friday; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Special Saturday hours will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 26, as well as Oct. 3 and 10.

For additional information about the exhibit, call 614-539-8762.

 

 

 

 

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