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The University Libraries presented "From Active Duty to Veteran: Honoring Military Service in America," an exhibition of letters, maps, photographs, pamphlets, oral histories, posters, and ephemera from the Libraries' Special Collections and Government Publications Departments. The exhibition was on view in McWherter Library from November 3, 2014 to January 16, 2015. The exhibition was the focus of a special Veterans Day lecture, “War, Peace, History, and Memory: Military Service in the American Experience,” presented by historian and cataloging librarian Dr. Mark H. Danley in the McWherter Library. A question and answer session followed the presentation, which was the final event of the daylong campus celebration of the nation's veterans led by the U of M Veterans Resource Center. Danley, who helped choose materials from the collections to include in the displays, challenged our collective tendency to regard American military history as a narrative that merely “goes from war to war.” This simplified version of our experience, Danley argued, causes us to downplay the violence faced by our military personnel during other time periods of apparent peace (like the Cold War). He suggested as examples the continued casualties on the Demilitarized Zone on the Korean peninsula since 1953. Other librarians involved were Jennifer Schnabel, Assistant Professor and Community Engagement Librarian, and Edwin G. Frank, Associate Professor and Curator of Special Collections.


2014 November 11