World War II topic of Nov. 6 Lecture


Historical photos like these will be on display in the Library.

A Lunchbox Lecture is scheduled for noon on Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the Ballroom of the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center. Philip Verhalen a former Panola College professor, and retired Professor Charles Angel will speak about an exhibit composed of a collection of photographs of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and other prominent leaders during World War II. The exhibit will be on display in the Fay Cassity Allison Gallery of the M.P. Baker Library.

These photographs were taken by Navy officer Francis (Frank) J. Terry, Assistant to the President’s Naval Aide Captain John L. McCrea.  The exhibit will run from October 23 – November 30, in the Fay Allison Gallery of the M.P. Baker Library, Panola College.

These photos took an interesting journey to reach the gallery at the M.P. Baker Library.  Approximately three years ago Bill Offer, history instructor at Panola College, was given a box of WWII photographs from the family of the late David Elliott, of Panola, Texas. Elliot obtained these photos while cleaning out a carport in Shreveport, and was able to trace them back to the owner (deceased) Francis J. Terry. Terry’s daughter gave Elliott permission to keep her father’s photos or to find a museum willing to accept them. Elliott contacted Offer and the photos became a project for him along with Jacqueline Angel-Furlow and student volunteers to create the exhibit.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during the library’s operating hours Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday: 7:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m., and Sunday: 4 – 9 p.m. For additional information please call 903-693-2052 or email [email protected]