2017-04-08 / Letters

Credit for Creating Museum Veterans Room Goes to Paul Wandrie

To the Editor:

I was just rereading the December 10, 2016 to February 10, 2017 issue of the Mackinac Island Town Crier, specifically the kind Letter to the Editor entitled “Remembering Gensman, A Man of Mackinac Island.” There is one item that I wish to clarify. Dale Gensman took a lot of pride in the work that he did creating many of the exhibits and restorations for the Stuart House Museum. He was also proud of being a veteran and having served his country. That is why he was so pleased when his friend, Paul Wandrie, proposed and created the Veterans Room in the Stuart House Museum. Paul recently retired as commander of Mackinac Island’s American Legion Post 299, where he served for more than 12 years.

Dale was merely the inspiration; Paul made it happen. It was through Paul’s vision, planning, effort, and perseverance that this exhibit honoring our veterans exists today. He researched and collected the items on display, and was the caretaker of the room when it was established in 2009.

Dale’s contribution to honoring the history and heritage of the people of Mackinac Island is significant, but I would be remiss in not letting you know that credit for the creation and success of the Veterans Room is rightfully Paul’s.

Paul spent 20 years in the United States Army before returning to Mackinac Island. His dedication to the veterans of Mackinac Island is evidenced by his spearheading the memorial in Veterans Park to honor the Civil War soldiers from Mackinac Island, as well as his involvement in the upkeep of the Island cemeteries.

One of Paul’s last official acts before retiring was to provide for the military honor guard for my husband’s funeral in September 2016. His kindness will always be remembered.

Georgianna Gensman

Rochester Hills

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