Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
McCoy’s historical collection of artifacts of the installation’s
namesake has grown at an opportune time to help it celebrate "A
Century of Service" thanks to a donation from a local Sparta
Dennis L. Janusheske and his
wife, Sandra (left), talk about donations made to the Fort McCoy
History Center with Fort McCoy Public Affairs Officer Linda
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Fournier, Fort Mc-Coy Public Affairs Officer, said the items donated
by Dennis L. Janusheske will help the installation tell the story of
its history, which began June 8, 1909 with the first General Orders
published to establish the Sparta Military Reservation and is
continuing throughout 2009 and beyond at Fort McCoy.
people who have memorabilia from McCoy’s history also are encouraged
to consider donating it so others can enjoy it.
fantastic to get these items," Fournier said. "Some of the
books are signed or have Robert Bruce McCoy’s name written on them
— signifying that they were his books. They provide valuable
information to help us tell the story of Fort McCoy and its
has a connection with Fort McCoy as his dad worked at the
He has collected Robert Bruce McCoy memorabilia for
approximately 35-40 years and picked up a number of items, including a
"McCoy for Governor" poster, from an auction at a warehouse
located along the railroad tracks in Sparta.
this point, we’re down-sizing our collection," Janusheske said.
"We felt we wanted to get the items to the appropriate people or
places and not have them sold to collectors. By giving these items to
Fort McCoy, everyone can see them."
said a number of the items already have been incorporated into
exhibits or displays in the History Center to help the installation
tell its story.
items will be on display during the installation’s annual Armed
Forces Day Open House event, which is open to the public from 9 a.m.-3
p.m. Saturday, May 16.
donation items may include dated, identified photographs; memorabilia
pertaining to the World War II Prisoner of War Camps or Basic Training
for Nurses; the 1980 Cuban Resettlement Center, etc.
who has materials they are interested in donating to the History
Center or would like more information, can contact the Public Affairs
Office at 608-388-2407.