Forest Park Museum Readies Exhibit on Wilson Brothers

April 16, 2018 5:32 am

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People familiar with Perry history could probably tell you all about the Wilson Brothers tragedy. For those who aren’t, Dallas County Conservation is getting ready to roll out an educational exhibit at Forest Park Museum to honor the family.

Museum Curator Pete Malmberg says the Wilsons were a prominent family in Dallas County during World War II. They sent five sons to the war, and unfortunately three of them never returned. To honor their memory, Malmberg has been working on an exhibit dedicated to the family and their sacrifice. “As people were celebrating the end of the war, with victory over Japan, the poor Wilson family were over here in Violet Hill Cemetery putting their youngest son into the ground. So very sad story. We need to document that. The family doesn’t want their memory to ever be forgotten. It devastated the whole family, and it was hard on the whole community. So we’re putting (up) a panel honoring them, we will have that up probably in May sometime.”

The exhibit is being funded by Carolyn and Deanette Snyder, along with Joy Neal Kidney, who is the great niece of the brothers. Malmberg said each had input on the final exhibit. There is no cost to visit the Forest Park Museum or view the exhibits. It’s open weekdays all year from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and after May 1st it will be open weekends and holidays from 1-4:30 p.m.

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