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Elsie Wheeler: On The Day of Infamy

Updated: Dec 29, 2020

Meet Elsie Wheeler of Jacksonville, AL. We were lucky enough to be able to talk with Mrs. Wheeler during our last event, and within minutes, it was clear that she not only has an unmistakable energy about her, but she has a wealth of memories and stories from the World War II era. If ever the need and importance of preserving our oral histories were in question, this all too brief conversation laid those doubts to rest. As this amazing lady, at the age of 94, explored the fair on the Jacksonville Square, she took the time to share with us, in vivid detail, her memories of where she was and what she was doing on December 7, 1941.

These are the stories that beg to be captured and shared. It can be as simple as writing a blog or sharing a story on Facebook or even uploading a cellphone video to YouTube, but memories like this deserve to be documented, preserved, and shared with the world before they are gone forever.

Please help share Mrs. Wheeler's wonderful memories. Like us on Facebook to support our preservation efforts, and subscribe to the "War Stories" blog for updates on stories and upcoming events.

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