Thursday, October 11, 2007

Red Hulon Visits, Donates Piece of WWII History

Mr. Red Hulon of Pelham, Alabama, visited the campus on Friday, September 28th. A veteran of World War II (engineer) who participated in the Normandy Invasion, Mr. Hulon landed on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944.

A highlight of Red Hulon’s visit to MMI came when he donated a 1945 volume of Yank magazine, the Army weekly, to the MMI Archives. Hand-sewn into a binder of board and red leather, his gift has lasting historical value as it documents the final year of World War II and the service lives of our “Greatest Generation.” The hand-binding also serves as an excellent example of home binding and is interesting and unique in its own right.

On Wednesday, October 10th, KellyAnn Griffiths, Director of the Baer Memorial Library, and Terry Barkley, Archivist for the MMI Foundation, traveled to the Hoole Special Collections Library at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. There they met with representatives from Archives and the Book Arts Program who examined Mr. Hulon’s gift thoroughly. It was then discussed how to properly preserve and present the volume. The UA staffers not only recommended that the volume be kept intact, they also provided some excellent ideas for displays and programs with this piece as the keystone.

Click on the image below to see photos of Mr. Hulon's visit and his donation.

Yank Magazine (1945)