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On December 7, the Museum held a program for Pearl Harbor Day, by Deanna Meyers, West Liberty University Intern.  She spoke about the USS West Virginia.   The interns helped in displaying books about Pearl Harbor and accounts of POWs on their experiences in Clark Field.

 As the year wraps up, we look back at the events we had and the places we went.  We presented the Art of Survival Program three times, once to the local Elks groups (March), to the Model A Club (June), and the Airstream Club (October).  On April 9, we held a Bataan Death March walk.  We honored Abie Abraham for our first walk. Also in April on the 28th, Donald Plata showed the movie Forgotten Soldiers at the library.  We joined with the Wellsburg Elks for Memorial Day and Veterans Day and a special program honoring veterans and in particular, Ed Jackfert and John Chernenko, both WWII POWs.  The Elks had plaques made in their honor that are in display at the Elks, the ADBC Museum and for the two men. 

 George and Mary Kay Wallace attended the funeral of Abie Abraham in Butler, PA. Jane Kraina represented the ADBC museum at the 70th Memorial in Washington, DC and Abraham’s burial at Arlington.  Also members of the library board and staff attended a memorial for Abie at the Butler VA hospital.  George Wallace spoke of Abie and the museum.  Abie Abraham had visited the library and talked to interns. 

 In May, George and Mary Kay Wallace, Jane Kraina (ADBC Coordinator), Kim Harless (program coordinator) and Dorie Tennant (cataloger) attended the ADBC Descendant (Memorial) Group convention in Albuquerque, NM and had the opportunity to visit the Bataan Museum.

 In July, Mary Kay Wallace and Jane Kraina put an ADBC Museum banner on the Commander Car and rode in the July 4th parade in Wellsburg.  Bill Burruss, reenactor drove the WWII command car and John Mazeska also rode in the vehicle, and he later gave us mannequins to use.

 During the year Jane Kraina attended classes on Digitization and Preservation and we bought items to help in the proper preservation of materials with a grant provided by the ADBC Memorial Society.  Big thanks go out to them.

 In September, Ed Jackfert presented a   for POW/MIA day.  In December, David Burns and Jane Kraina attended the Christmas Party for the Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh, PA. They showed interest in helping the museum.

 All year we have had a variety of interns and volunteers from the following universities:  West Liberty University, WV, Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH, West Virginia University, WV.  Recently, we have had David Burns, a graduate student from University of Pittsburgh, PA helping us with grants, fundraising and networking.  If you go to YouTube and enter in ADBC Museum you can see some of the events he has put up.

 All in all, it has been a busy year and some promising developments are in the works.