Medals are an art exhibit, too

One University Museum display may not seem to fit the typical description. The Army ROTC office in Founder’s Hall contains just such an exhibit. It is a collection of American Military awards.

Medal of Honor awarded to Clyde Choate.

Richard Norris of the University Museum put the display together for his post graduate certification in museum studies.  The display includes the highest medal awarded by the government, the medal of honor.

The medal represents the medal awarded to Clyde Choate, who served in the Illinois Legislature where he sponsored legislation that enabled the creation of SIUE.

“The medals board was my project from start to finish as part of my post graduate certification in museum studies” said Norris. “I researched the personell that are or were affiliated with SIUE or Edwardsville and wrote the text panels that relate the information relevant to awarding of the award and the relationship with the school.”

American Military medal display in Founders Hall.

Norris said the project took about three months. The medals on display are all part of the museum collection.

“The medals are from our collection of medals of the world and the museum has approximately 5,000 total from countries all over the world,” said Norris.

Description of the Medal of Honor award winner Clyde Choate.

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  1. […] on display in Lovejoy Library. Apparently there’s another exhibit of medals on campus. This Week in CAS has an article about the medals exhibit on their web site. Does anyone know if this is part of the same project? Check it out in Founders […]

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