‘Victory At All Costs’

Museum hosts WWII-themed event

by Bradley Hartsell

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James Johnson’s authentic memorabilia from WWII. Johnson stocked a roomful of items both collected and donated from all over the country for the “Victory at all Costs” program. 


On Saturday, the McRitchie-Hollis Museum hosted “Victory At All Costs,” a World War II-themed presentation put together by the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society.

More than 150 people came out to the museum home on Jackson Street at Clark to take a tour through 1940s-themed exhibits and authentic WWII artifacts, while hearing stories from WWII vets like Hilbert and Howard Margol, twins who liberated a German concentration camp.

The Margols stuck around afterward to share stories that helped get them through the war, like their infantry buddy who once accidentally shot off a soldier’s kneecap just to “see if it was loaded.”

Other exhibits featured James Johnson’s extensive collection of authentic WWII memorabilia; a 1940s beauty school, which featured fashions of the time; a singing performance by Bombshells United: Singing American Pinups; a presentation on war propaganda by Newnan resident Jeff Bishop; and a presentation on African-Americans in the war, primarily the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion.

The CAF Dixie Wing also provided re-enactors for the event as well as an exhibit on WWII weapons, helmets, artillery, among other war supplies.

Despite rainy conditions, forcing events to move inside, the crowd remained steady and eager to participate in Victory At All Costs.



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