Friday, November 15, 2013

Georgia Southwestern State University Library in the Spotlight!

By Ru Story Huffman

The James Earl Carter Library, located on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, has been selected as the initial venue for "Victory from Within: The American Prisoner of War Experience." The 1200 square foot traveling exhibit was developed by Andersonville National Historic Site as part of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War celebration. "Victory from Within" is a multimedia project that includes audio-visual interviews and original artifacts and is based on the thematic organization of the National POW Museum – Capture, Prison Life, Those Who Wait, and Freedom.

"Victory from Within" will be at the James E. Carter Library through January 2014. Plans are in the development phase for an opening program to include members of the Friends of Andersonville and the Georgia Southwestern State University community. The display will be available during regular Library hours.

Andersonville National Historic Site and Georgia Southwestern State University cooperate on a number of programs and have an existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The annual POW Ride Home and POW Convocation is jointly sponsored each September and includes many members of the Rolling Thunder POW organization and the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall. Additionally, GSW students have the opportunity to intern at the Andersonville National Historic Site and the Library has provided display space for the POW Convocation. The Carter Library is home to Prisoner of War Collection, which was developed with assistance from the Andersonville National Historic Site. The POW Collection contains books related to the POW experience, mostly memoirs written by those who were held prisoner and oral histories. The collection is searchable through the Library's catalog, located at

For information about the library and the exhibit please visit the library website at or contact Ru Story Huffman, Dean of Library Services, 229-931-2259.

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