So successful were they in their efforts to solicit material that more than just stories began coming in. Photographs and unique artifacts became a part of the collection. Last month, students and faculty opened the Chrysalis Veterans Museum on their Roswell campus.
“We dedicated a classroom to the project,” said Richard Becker, the academy director. “We repainted the room with a timeline running along the top depicting the dates from the Revolutionary War to current conflicts.”
The Veterans Museum project was started as a way to help students gain a better understanding of the meaning of Veterans Day. “We sent out a request to our parent community for documents, photographs, memorabilia, and personal stories in an effort to make relevant the study of the historical events associated with their families,” Becker said. The collection contains a Civil War sword, manufactured in 1862 in Trenton, N.J. “It belonged to the great great grandfather of one of our students, Nick Venezia,” Becker said.
The soldier’s name was Frank Quiggle. He enlisted in Company E of the 2nd Wisconsin Calvary in early 1863. He continued service under General George Armstrong Custer and guarded Texas against an invasion from Mexico, Becker said.
Other artifacts and memorabilia include a lamp made out of a brass artillery shell from France during WWI. On the shell is hammered in the Cross of Loraine, which is a symbol of French freedom and the French monarchy, Becker said. Students continue to collect the stories of veterans for an upcoming book. All veterans and their families are invited to contact the school at (770) 649-7077 so that stories may be shared.
Chrysalis Experiential Academy invites the community to visit the Veterans Museum, which is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Dec. 18.