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Ellis County Museum to open new World War I exhibit

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On Saturday, March 29, at the Ellis County Museum at 6 p.m., the museum will open its new World War I exhibit, which includes extensive contributions from some keen North Texas memorabilia collectors, including Dallas resident Brandon Morley, who has amassed an amazing collection that started with donations from his grandfather.

His collection includes promotion and discharge documents for his great-grandmother, Gretchen Sandusky, who applied for enlistment in the Marine Corps in World War I. In an effort to free up men to fight, the U.S. decided to admit women for the first time; Sandusky was the first lady Marine on the West Coast.

Jason Weigler is a fellow collector and he will be contributing to the display, along with collector Bob Coalter, David Attanasio and 90th Div. historian Tyler Alberts.

At the opening, Ennis Journal editor and Ellis County Museum board member J. Louise Larson will present a program, “More Guts Than A Slaughterhouse: My Grandfather’s Four Years in World War I,” based on the letters and journals of Black Jack Vowel.

The public is welcome to attend Saturday evening’s opening. Refreshments will be served.

The Ellis County Museum is located at 201 S College St. in Waxahachie.

For additional information about the Ellis County Museum, contact director Shannon Simpson at (972) 937-0681.

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