Searching Scrapbooks

Tonight I have been searching through some of my Grandma’s Scrapbooks.

Scrapbooks - Memories - newspaper Clippings - Scrapbook page edgesI have a large stack of scrapbooks from my Grandma that were put together in the late 50’s and early 60’s. I was hoping to find some articles on D-Day to share as today is the 75th anniversary of that event.

The scrapbooks were definitely after the event, so I thought perhaps my Grandma had saved an article remembering an anniversary.

Frank Andrea Miller - Iowa in the Civil War - April 12, 1853 - Fort Sumter - Seccession - War Between the StatesMy Grandma had saved many articles about the Civil War.

Iowa in the Civil War - John Brown - Abolitionists - Iowa History - Des Moines RegisterEspecially ones about Iowa in the Civil War.

1960 Scrapbook Clipping - Abraham LIncoln - Frank MillerShe saved a lot of clippings about President Lincoln, who was her favorite president.

Frank Andrea Miller Cartoon - General George Washington - Washington's Birthday - Valley ForgeShe also saved a lot of clippings of President Washington.

However, I could only find a few items about WWI and WWII or later. Mostly small articles about someone local who had served.

Memorial Day, Demoines Register, 1958There were some articles about Memorial Day, 4th of July and other holidays, but nothing saved about the events in Normandy.

Perhaps the absence is because the scrapbooks fell between the 10th and 20th anniversaries and at that time the observances were not as organize as they are today.

Also, people would not need as many reminders of the events as they were still relatively fresh in their minds. I have seen some articles in the past weeks about how the Civil War and the lessons learned from the conflict are being forgotten today. As the last Veterans of WWII are slowly passing will we also start losing touch with the lessons learned from WWII?

The search tonight was a nice reminder of what interested my Grandma and the heritage she passed on to me.

I hope you took the opportunity to remember today.



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