There will be a photography display in the Picker Room during History Month entitled “The Forgotten War: My Dad’s Perspective,” featuring photos from the Korean War taken by Galen Leavitt. The photos are from the collection of Margo Ann Leavitt Pullen and will be on display throughout October. Pullen will host a reception and gallery talk on Saturday afternoon, October 15, at 2:00 pm.
Pullen says, “My dad, Galen E. Leavitt (1934 -2012), graduated from Waterville High School in 1952, joined the United States Air Force, and was trained as a photographer. Although stationed in Tachikawa, Japan, Galen was flown into South Korea on many missions to provide photographs of events, both tragic and celebratory. As Galen’s youngest of four surviving daughters, I am proud to tell the story of a young Maine man serving his country while his fiancée (later to become my mom, Estelle Gamache Leavitt), waited 26 months for his safe return.
“My dad photographed the formalities and the carnage of the Korean War, but he also photographed the authentic beauty that he viewed through his camera lens in the form of the people, the culture, and the landscape of his surroundings. I believe my dad was searching for normalcy during his service, searching for humanity amid the brutality and confusion of the Korean Conflict, also known as the ‘Forgotten War.’ My hope is that this exhibit speaks to your soul. In addition, I hope that in viewing this exhibit that you, too, will find beauty in my dad’s perspective.”