WWI Program to Open New Exhibit in the Fayette Heritage Museum & Archives
To commemorate the centennial of the United States entry into World War I, the Fayette Heritage Museum and Archives’ new exhibit will be kicked off with a special program by a noted Texas historian. Paul Spellman, Ph.D., will present A Million Kisses: Love Letters from a Doughboy in France, on Saturday, March 25th at 10:30 a.m. The Museum and Archives are located on the second floor above the Fayette Public Library in La Grange.
Dr. Spellman is a professor of Texas and U. S. History at Wharton County Junior College in Richmond and the author of eight books. He holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, and he received his Ph.D. from the University of Houston.
His program relates the true story of Roscoe Chittim, a Cherokee Indian, who married Dallas socialite Vera Diamond in 1917. One year later Chittim was drafted into the army and sent to France where he was caught up in both the throes of war and the deadly influenza pandemic circling the globe. The two wrote dozens of love letters back and forth, which help Dr. Spellman give us an intimate look into the lives of a doughboy, the nickname often applied to WWI infantrymen, and the wife he left back in Texas.
Dr. Spellman will also be signing copies of his book about the Chittims, Until I Come Home: Love Letters From the War, as well as some of his other books.