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Museum of Culture and Environment

Request for Veterans Exhibition

Request for Loaned Objects and Memories from Veterans and their Families

Museum of Culture and Environment
Central Washington University
January 14-March 26, 2016

Please help us with our forthcoming exhibition, Voices of Veterans, Objects of Memory, opening on January 14, 2016 at the CWU Museum of Culture and Environment. This exhibition highlights stories and physical objects shared by military veterans, their friends, family and loved ones.  We ask that campus and community members consider loaning the Museum, for about four months, a physical object that helps tell an important story about a veteran’s experiences in the service.  We ask that the lender write or record the story (of about 250 words in length) to be displayed with the object.

What is the Museum looking for?

Objects might include:

  • a special object carried by a veteran on his or her person
  • a letter or email message
  • a diary or journal
  • personal items of clothing
  • a poem or work of art related to the veteran’s service

How do I propose an object?

The form below (with a photograph of the object) should be submitted to the Museum of Culture and Environment by Tuesday, September 15, 2015, by email to:   or by regular mail to: the Museum of Culture and Environment (Dean Hall), 400 E. University way, Ellensburg WA 98926.  You may also drop off the form and photograph at the Museum during our regular hours.   (Please do not drop off a physical object at the Museum, unless your object has already been selected,)

By October 15, we will select a range of objects and stories that reflect the diversity of experiences of veterans, their families, and friends. (Submissions from veterans around  the world, in addition to those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, are most welcome.) 

If your object is selected:

The Museum will contact you and ask you to bring in your object along with your written account of why the object is significant.  At that point, you will be asked to sign a loan form.

All selected objects and their accompanying stories will be displayed professionally, with respect and dignity.  If you would prefer, the object and story can be installed anonymously, to preserve privacy.  Loaned objects will be available for pickup at the Museum from March 30 to May 1, 2016.


This exhibition is inspired by the Museum’s Winter 2012 exhibition, “In my Shoes: Stories about Life from the Bottom Up,” in which diverse community members shared shoes and the moving stories those shoes told about journeys through life. 

In developing this exhibition, we seek to partner with Veterans’ organizations and support services in the Central Washington region. 

What else is happening?

We hope to develop an exhibition catalog and website showcasing veterans’ stories and objects of memory, and to hold public programs about veterans experiences and concerns. Suggestions for programs are most welcome.

For more information, please contact the Museum’s Director Professor Mark Auslander,  Tel: (509) 963-3209


Name of Lender:_____________________

Phone number:______________________

Email: ______________________

Do you wish to remain anonymous or may you be identified in the Museum’s labels, catalog, and website?  ______________________

Physical description of the object: _________________________________________________________________

Please attach a photograph of the object:

Why is the object significant to you? ____________________________________________

Is there any other information you would like to share about the object?______________________

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