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Churchill Museum hosts classic car drive-in to open exhibit

June 12, 2012 at 6:00 a.m. | Updated June 12, 2012 at 6:00 a.m.

On June 29, visitors to the Winston Churchill Memorial and Museum will take a step back in time as the museum hosts a Classic Car Cruise-In to celebrate the grand opening of its newest exhibit, Our Lives, Our Stories: America's Greatest Generation, which will be open through Aug. 11.

Seventh Street will be closed between Westminster Avenue and Champ Auditorium from 5-8 p.m. on June 29 for the Callaway County Cruisers and other classic car enthusiasts to show off their hard work for admiring visitors.

"We've been working with the Callaway County Cruisers, and we've lined up the Model A Club," said archivist/curator Liz Murphy. "Right now we've got about 40 people coming - I'm hoping we'll have up to 40 cars."

Our Lives, Our Stories: America's Greatest Generation, is a traveling exhibit put together by the National Endowment for the Humanities that "explores the life arc of the World War II generation - as told in their own words."

As the Greatest Generation is so strongly associated with World War II, Murphy said the cruise also will serve as a tribute with veterans. She said she has been working with Jill Talken, general secretary for the Missouri Veterans Commission, as well as with Mid-Missouri Honor Flight.

Murry said members of Fulton VFW Post 2657 will be present as well, selling beverages - including beer - with "all the money going back to the VFW." American Barbecue of Ashland will be selling pulled pork sandwiches, soda and chips.

To help the tornado-stricken people of Dumas and surroundings, donations can be made to the Delta Area Disaster Relief Fund, care of the Delta Area Community Foundation, P.O. Box 894, Dumas, AR, 71639, or through the Arkansas Community Foundation, 700 S. Rock St., Little Rock, AR, 72202.
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