COOKEVILLE – A Cookeville History Museum pop-up exhibit – “Cookeville Veteran: Bennett Travis” – continues through Nov. 17 in the Cookeville City Hall lobby. The exhibit showcases the life of a young Army Air Corps pilot who went missing in action during World War II. Admission is free.
Pam Philpot, museum exhibit specialist, explained that a pop-up exhibit is a small exhibit that “pops up” in various places throughout the community. The Bennett Travis exhibit is the first in the series.
“We chose Bennett Travis as our first Cookeville veteran to recognize because his family graciously donated many of his belongings to the Cookeville History Museum this year,” she said. “We think it is important to recognize the local young men who fought so bravely for the many freedoms we value today. It is heart-wrenching to see his belongings and to think about the sacrifice this young Cookeville man made for his country.”
Travis, a Cookeville Central High School graduate, was born in 1919 and volunteered for military duty during his senior year at Tennessee Polytechnic University. He enlisted on April 6, 1942, and went on to serve with the 317th Troop Carrier Group (the “Jungle Skippers”) in the Philippine Islands. He was promoted to captain shortly before he was reported missing in action on June 17, 1945.
Cookeville City Hall, located at 45 E. Broad St., is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
For more information about Cookeville History Museum pop-up exhibits, call 931-520-5455.
“If you would like to have our exhibit ‘pop up’ in your location, such as a school, bank or library, please contact us,” Thompson said.
Philpot added, “We hope this community outreach will stir interest in local history and send more visitors to the museum.”