World War I history presentation upcoming
By Joyce Ervin
The Milan Area Historical Society board member and military historian, Ken Baumann, will present a program titled “United States Entrance into WW I in 1917- One Hundred Years Ago”.
The No Charge presentation is open to the public and everyone interested in history.
The event will take place at the Milan Community House located on Neckel Court on Wed., Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.
Baumann will feature Thurlow Sanford, one of Milan’s own sons, who participated in the “War to end all Wars”.
Sanford was a prominent Milan citizen, businessman and a volunteer fireman. His uniform is on display at the Friend-Hack House Museum.
Baumann has a military museum on Main Street and offers tours to those interested in military history. Group tours of 10 can be accommodated, he said.
Baumann specializes in artifacts and history he has studied from 1845 through 1945. His collection of military vehicles range within the same dates. Uniforms, weaponry and cannons are also on display.
Baumann owns several cannons one being a Civil War cannon he often takes to the Fall Fest held at the Friend-Hack House Museum and fires it to the delight of youngsters and adults.
For information on the Military Museum, email Baumann at kb64bau [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan. She can be contacted at: jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.