The Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society will host a special program at its regular monthly meeting on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Hiwassee River Heritage Center, located on Highway 11 in Charleston.
“A Soldier’s Memoirs” will be presented by Eszter Covac, a senior at Lee University and current summer intern at the Hiwassee River Heritage Center.
Covac’s presentation will focus on the life of Lowry Weeks, a deceased member of the Charleston community and a veteran of World Wars I and II.
The military and home life of Mr. Weeks will be revealed through hundreds of letters Mr. Weeks wrote home during his military career. These letters were found in the attic of the old Weeks’ home in the summer of 2013 and were presented to the CCH Historical Society for interpretation and preservation.
Covac has spent the summer organizing the letters from the year 1941 and putting together a reflection of Mr. Weeks’ life through the emotions expressed in his letters regarding both his home life and his military duty.
Through the letters one discovers who his family was, what life was like in Charleston during the war, and what life was like as a soldier in active duty.
“Eszter has worked so hard to organize these letters and put together a great program,” said Darlene Goins, CCH Historical Society treasurer. “It is a fascinating look at local life in those times.”
Eventually all the letters of Weeks will be chronicled and placed for public viewing at the Heritage Center. As always, the public is invited to attend the presentation.
The group meets each month on the third Sunday at 3 p.m. Membership is only $10 per year and comes with special discounts at the groups events throughout the year.
Anyone interested in membership or receiving emails regarding meetings or activities, please contact Darlene Goins at 423-336-2763 or DarleneGoins@bellsouth .net.