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WHAT THEY CARRIED: A World War II Presentation and Exhibit

As part of our 'Salute to Veterans' Weekend, the Canton Historical Society invites you to the “What They Carried: A WWII Presentation and Exhibit. “

Doug Culver has been researching the history of World War II since he was a teenager. Although he worked as a patrolman and criminal investigator for 34 years, his true life’s work has been to provide education about World War II – to remember those who fought, why they fought, and to keep their memory alive.

Over the years, Doug has developed an extensive collection of original WWII artifacts that are the basis of his educational programs. His presentations follow the theme: “What They Carried,” and uses the artifacts to tell the story of these ordinary men and their extraordinary achievements. His presentations include hands-on demonstrations of the uniforms and equipment used during the war.

Doug has presented WWII programs for the past 30 years for high school history students, veterans’ groups, museums, historical societies, and other organizations. He has offered guidance for theatre groups on accurate costuming for the time period and consulted with countless individuals on the identification of materials in family collections. Doug served on the board of directors at The Fort Devens Museum and was the volunteer collections/archives manager at the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire before moving to Canton.

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Earlier Event: November 9
1940s USO-Style Dance Party
Later Event: November 14
CHS Regular Meeting