Kentucky library gets rare WWI books

Kentucky library gets rare WWI books

Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 8:00 pm

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A northern Kentucky library has received a rare series of books on World War I.
The Sons of The American Legion and the American Legion Moon Brothers Post 275 in Independence donated “The Source Records of the Great War” this month to the Covington branch of the Kenton County library.
The set includes seven, gold-leafed volumes on the war than ran from 1914-1918, The Kentucky Enquirer reported.
“This presentation is an important means of fulfilling our organization’s mission to preserve the memories of our forefathers who fought in the Great Wars,” said John Dietz with the Sons of the American Legion, which is made up of descendants of those who fought in any U.S. conflict since WWI.
“Ensuring that future generations of Americans have an appreciation of our nation’s history is critical to the survival of our Republic.”
Dietz said he came across the series on eBay and the group bought them so they could be preserved.
“We bought them for about $100, but we think the value is a lot more,” Dietz said. “It’s rare to find a Legion set.”
The books were compiled by Charles F. Horne in 1923 and are known as a definitive collection providing details of the causes and various armed conflicts of World War I, said Dave Schroeder, executive director of the Kenton County Public Library system. “These books are rare because they are special editions that were made for American Legion Posts and for individual veterans.”
 Schroeder said. “Veterans had to order them.”
Schroeder said the series won’t be circulated because of its rarity, but the volumes will be available for people who want to read them in the library.
“If you know that your great-great grandfather was in a particular WWI battle, this series will give you information about that battle and what led up to it,” Schroeder said.
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Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com
Published in The Messenger 2.8.12

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