One day after Framingham State University opens a new center for students who have served in the US armed forces, the school will hold a second event aimed at beefing up its military history archives.
The new Veterans Center, set to open in Crocker Annex, Friday, March 23, is intended to give student veterans a support space to study and network with others who have served.
Dawn Ross, director of the university’s career services and employer relations office and a Navy veteran herself, said in a statement that she was overjoyed at being able “to support and honor’’ veterans in such a way.
At a second event the day after that opening, members of the public are invited to bring artifacts related to military service to be photographed, scanned, and archived in the Framingham State digital repository. Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans Services Francisco A. Ureña will be a guest speaker at the event, at the McCarthy Center, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24.
In addition, artwork from the collection, “Dear Dearest Mother; Still-life Montages Composed From the Keepsakes of War Veterans,” by FSU professor Leslie Starobin will be on display.
“The collection will showcase military service and remind us of the sacrifice and service that the few have given to so many to defend our freedoms at home and abroad,” said Ross, the university’s career services director, in a statement.
Attendees are encouraged to bring photographs, letters, postcards, medals, and clothing related to military service. No weapons will be accepted.