National Churchill Museum opens trench art exhibit

11 months 1 week 3 days ago Saturday, November 11 2017 Nov 11, 2017 Saturday, November 11, 2017 5:29:00 PM CST November 11, 2017 in News
By: Ethan Illers, KOMU 8 Reporter

FULTON - In celebration of Veteran's Day, a local museum opened a special new exhibit showcasing works of art made from war weaponry.

The National Churchill Museum in Fulton's new exhibit is called "From Swords to Plowshares". According to museum director and chief curator Timothy Riley, the works of art were made by soldiers and civilians during World War I. 

"It's trench art," Riley said. "[The civilians and soldiers] recycled shell casings, bullets or shrapnel and transformed these terrible weapons of war into art."

Winston Churchill came to Fulton and delivered his Iron Curtain speech in 1946; his legacy is still felt in Fulton to this day.

"I think Winston Churchill helped put Fulton, MO on the world map," Riley said. "The speech that he gave here in 1946 really was a stern warning about the threat of the Soviet Union and communism. It was really the beginning of 'cold war'."

Songs were also a large part of the everyday life of soldiers as the songs and melodies reminded them of home. Cathy Woodson and her sisters sing in a group called "Echoes of Love". They had the honor of singing at the grand opening of "From Swords to Plowshares" and says that singing is a gift.

"Our stepfather was a veteran-airforce," Woodson said. "And it's particularly gotten more fun since he's been in our family because we didn't really have that many veterans before."

"And everyone is really appreciative of what we do," added Cindy Metcalf, Woodson's sister and member of "Echoes of Love".

"From Swords to Plowshares" will remain open until the end of January. 

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