Museum program celebrates military

JASPER — The Dubois County Museum will host a Military Appreciation Day program on Sunday, Aug. 12. The museum will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. with the special program beginning at 1:30 p.m.

The master of ceremony for the program will be Ronald Himsel. The theme of the program is “Our American Flag: What Does It Mean To You?”

After patriotic music and songs provided by pianist Sarah Sergesketter and vocalist/song leader Paula Alles, and a welcome by museum Board President Amy Weyer, speakers will include William Weikert, speaking on Bosnia; father and son Joseph L. and Nathan Verkamp speaking on their service, a generation apart; Father Matheas Langston, O.S.B., relating his experience as chaplain in Berlin when the Cold War ended; and Randy Mills, co-author with his wife, Roxanne Mills, of the book, “Summer Wind: A Soldier’s Road from Indiana to Vietnam.” Mills will have a book signing with his book before and after the program. Refreshments will follow the program. 

Randy and Roxanne Mills tell the story in their book, “Summer Wind: A Soldier’s Road from Indiana to Vietnam,” about the life of Princeton soldier Dick Wolfe who died in Vietnam on Jan. 6, 1968. The story is told through the lens of family letters, interviews with Wolfe’s family, friends, and soldier comrades and other primary sources. Much of the book’s scope is the correspondence shared between Wolfe and his mother, Rosemary. Mrs. Wolfe and her family grew up in Princeton and she played the organ for over 70 years at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Princeton. 

Visitors also can view “One Shot: The WWII Photography of John A. Bushemi,” a Indiana Historical Society exhibit. The exhibit looks at WWII through the eyes of Bushemi, a Gary native and war photographer. The exhibit ends on Aug. 31.

The museum, at 2704 N. Newton St., is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays. For more information, call 634-7733 or visit The museum is also on Facebook and Twitter.


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