November Monthly Display: Honoring America’s Military

AMERICA IN WORLD WAR II: The Greatest Generation in Uniform

Veterans Day is celebrated in November and is a time to remember and honor all those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

The Livingston Public Library is exhibiting local resident Charles Budzinski’s collection of military memorabilia for the first half of November.

This engaging display presents a sample of uniforms worn by members of the armed forces during the war years 1941 to 1945 and through the occupations of 1946 and beyond. These uniforms are part of a collection amassed over the past 35 years, and were acquired in a wide variety of sources, such as flea markets, garage sales,  militaria swap meets and vintage clothing stores.

“ They are presented exactly as found, and have not been added to or modified by me,” says Charles.

Charles began collecting uniforms such as these while completing his military training at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia in 1985, and continues to collect through the present. 

In Charles’ words, “I find it particularly fascinating that so much of the wearer’s service can be read from the insignia present. As I was once told, military uniforms present their owner’s resume.  I have attempted to give some insight into this history with the informational labels throughout the display.”

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Thank you, Veterans!

-Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services Librarian 

October Monthly Display

October is Italian Heritage Month, formerly known as National Italian-American Heritage Month. Coinciding with the festivities surrounding Columbus Day, the proclamation is in recognition of the many achievements, contributions, and successes of Americans of Italian descent as well as Italians in America.

Over 5.4 million Italians immigrated to the United States between 1820 and 1992. Today IMG_5213.jpgthere are over 26 million Americans of Italian descent in the United States, making them the fifth largest ethnic group. The country was even named after an Italian, the explorer and geographer Amerigo Vespucci.

The Library has partnered with Unico, America’s largest Italian American service organization, to put up a display showcasing this wonderful heritage.

Displayed are Library books covering various aspects of Italian history, society and culture, some of which were donated by UNICO. 

 There is a special focus on honoring Christopher Columbus for his heroic voyages in founding the New World.  His 4 voyages opened up the flood gates for Europeans to start their migration to America escaping prejudices to seek a land of liberty where they could freely practice their religion and escape the tyranny of the English monarchy.

 Besides Library books, there are artifacts such as Murano glass items, handmade textiles, wooden ships (replicas inspired by Columbus’ ships) as well as posters, photographs and plaques demonstrating UNICO’s support of our community.  

-Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services Librarian