WWII vet guest speaker at Historical Society annual meeting

The annual meeting of the Botetourt County Historical Society Inc. will be held on Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the Fincastle Library Meeting Room. All historical society members and the general public are invited to attend. There is no admission charge.

The program for the evening will be a talk by World War II veteran Carlos Showalter. The 93-year-old Marine veteran spent the majority of his time during World War II in the Pacific. Showalter has been a speaker at the D-Day Memorial in Bedford and at local civic groups. He enjoys sharing stories about his time in the Marines.

Showalter has been married for 62 years and is the father of three children. He and his wife have gone on several short missionary trips.

The Historical Society members encourage the public to join them in honoring him and listening to his story.

A short business meeting will be held and accomplishments from the past year will be reviewed. Membership forms will be available at the meeting and dues can be paid during the meeting.

A major project of the Botetourt County Historical Society is the operation of The Botetourt County Historical Museum. Opened in 1966, the museum continues to change and evolve as it showcases hundreds of artifacts that help to tell the story of the history of Botetourt County and its people. The museum is open daily, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 2-4 p.m. Admission is free.