GALENE, Kans. – The managers of a museum in the region ask the public for help with identification.
It is not often that a museum receives images of this quality from the past, in this case from the 1940s.
“And then from those, I took pictures, then I enlarged the pictures, that’s how we were. Says Linda Phipps, Volunteer Manager, Galena Mining & Historical Museum.
They came through a family from Texas and Phipps knows exactly what she wants to do with them.
“Ultimately, we would like to print these photographs and display them or in a nice folder so that people can turn them over and see the family members or or uh just see the soldiers in their uniforms and see how beautiful they were.” said Phipps.
But before doing so, she needs help from the community.
“We got several answers, so we identified some of them, but we still have a number of photographs, but we need to know who these men were and, of course, that would have been World War II.” said Phipps.
What is often the case with photos or slides like these is that family members die and they don’t want to throw the photos out.
Phipps says a relative in Texas lived in Galena during the time they were taken, 1942 to 1943.
“We would like to honor these soldiers as best we can and display their photographs with a name attached so that families can come and see them and learn about their history.” said Phipps.
If you want to look at the photos or try to identify any of the people in them, they can be found on the museum’s Facebook page linked below.