Saturday, May 6, 2017

Polar Bear Expedition of 1918 Exhibited at Sanilac Museum

There is a unique exhibition coming to the Sanilac County Historic Museum & Village this year. The work to construct this exhibit is shaping up nicely under the supervision of Archivist (and Board Secretary) Shirley Schmidt's supervision, and with help from members Dick Parr and Bill Moskwa.  They are using maps, artifacts and photos of Sanilac County soldiers who were part of this expedition at the close of World War I.  This is what Shirley told me about the exhibit:

We are presenting a display regarding the WWI Battalion, 339th U.S. Infantry Regiment who were sent to the bitter cold of Siberia as part of the American Expeditionary Force to Siberia, Archangel Russia.  There were approximately 104 residents of Sanilac County who were part of this group who fought for 7 months after the war was over.  We are recognizing, honoring them with our exhibit this summer and plan to open the display on Sunday, June 4, with a free lecture featuring speaker Mike Grovvel who is President of "Detroit's Own" Polar Bear Memorial Association.  The lecture will begin at 3:00PM in The Museum Church. We are also asking that if you had a relative or knew of someone who served in this group of unsung heroes or have any objects, photos, or memorabilia that you would be willing to put on loan to enhance the display, please contact us at the Sanilac County Historical Society.  810-622-9946.

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