Hyde celebrates Hometown Holidays

The Hyde Collection is partnering with Glens Falls Symphony and Crandall Public Library to offer a special live armed services radio show as part of Glens Falls Collaborative’s Hometown Holidays event.

Travel back to 1944 with a reproduction of Until It’s Over Over There, a live radio broadcast for soldiers and sailors stationed overseas. Featuring letters from the deployed and their loved ones back home, music of the day, historic photographs, and period advertisements and service announcements, the hourlong performance is a throwback to a past era.

The event — featuring festive songs and stories with piano accompaniment and imagery of Glens Falls at the height of its hometown heyday — celebrates the seventy-fifth anniversary of Glens Falls being named Hometown USA by Look Magazine.

Not long ago, writer Maury Thompson blogged about the Look Magazine editor who was behind Glens Falls’ designation. Maury quotes writer and editor George Koether: “It is our purpose to show how resilient a progressive American town can be — how it adjusts itself to war, how its families carry on in the typically American manner, how Glens Falls will bring to its postwar life the same forward looking spirit that has made it the livable, likable community it is.”

That is certainly something to celebrate.

The Hyde’s armed services radio show is at 2 pm Saturday, December 7, at the 161 Warren St., Glens Falls, museum. Admission is free. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP by contacting Sue at 518-792-1761, ext. 350, or frontofhouse@hydecollection.org.