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March 16, 2014

Unique WWII Fort Wolters scrapbook gifted to library

By TYLER MASK

tmask@mineralwellsindex.com

 

Recently, Boyce Ditto Public Library Director Palin Bree received a Facebook message from someone she had never met. The lady's name was Shirley Sanders, hailing from Michigan. She had a special scrapbook concerning the history of Old Fort Wolters from WWII.

 

After years of preserving the historical album, which first belonged to a relative, Sanders felt that the residents of Mineral Wells would benefit most from it.

 

“She was thinking, 'Okay, I can't throw this away, [so] what am I going to do with it,'” Bree said. “So she looked up Mineral Wells' library on Facebook. 

 

“I told her when people have things like that – that are unique and one-of-a-kind – and they want to share with the community it came [from], that if they wanted to keep them and just give us the rights to scan them and put them on The Portal to Texas History, then we would mail the originals back to them.”

 

Sanders chose to donate the book to the library. She sent the book via mail, and it arrived last Tuesday.

 

During this time, Bree received a call from The Portal to Texas History Project Development Librarian Tara Carlisle, notifying Bree they would be making a trip to Mineral Wells. Bree was very excited to hear this and told Carlisle that she had received a local WWII scrapbook. Bree then resolved to wait on opening the package until TPTTH arrived on Thursday afternoon.

 

While waiting for TPTTH, jokes were made about there being nothing in the box. However, when Carlisle and TPTTH Digital Newspaper Program Coordinator Ana Krahmer showed up and Bree opened the box, the scrapbook was more than they had imagined.

 

The cover was vibrantly decorated with the U.S. Seal and read, “Service Album, Camp Wolters, Mineral Wells, Texas.” Inside, the book was filled with pictures and details about the photos. 

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