DANSVILLE — From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, The Dansville Area Historical Society Museum will launch its new exhibit, "Dansville During World War II" with an opening reception and book signing from Museum curator David Gilbert.
Gilbert’s latest book, Dansville War Diary: A Chronicle of Dansville During World War II, recounts the impact the war had on this small town. Nearly 800 people from Dansville had signed up or were drafted for service during the war. Some worked in supporting roles rather than combat, including women.
“Now when you think about a community like Dansville who had five or six thousand people living in it, that’s a huge chunk of the population off to serve in the war,” Gilbert said, adding that nearly everyone in Dansville personally knew someone in service. About 30 from here had lost their lives in the war.
Like the book, the special exhibit focuses on Dansville and its servicemen during the Second World War and includes uniforms, newspapers, photographs, ration books and more.
The exhibit will run from Sept. 21 through Nov. 30. The museum, located at 14 Church Street, is open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of each month.