Missouri and the Great War Traveling Exhibit Comes to Park Hills
October 20, 2017
Exhibit brings to life the stories and contributions of Missourians in World War I
Soon, history lovers will have the chance to explore Missouri’s vital role in World War I in a traveling exhibit that features stories, images, and artifacts from museums, libraries, archives and private collections across the state.
The exhibit, Missouri and the Great War, will be on display at the C.H. Cozean Library on the campus of Mineral Area College from Oct. 30-Jan. 4, Mondays-Thursdays 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Fridays 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
The library will have a speaker on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. Dr. Petra DeWitt is an assistant professor of History and Political Science at Missouri S&T in Rolla. She’ll speak on the topic, "Courage, Duty, Patriotism: The Missouri Home Guard during the Great War."
This traveling exhibit from the Missouri Humanities Council explores the history of World War I through the perspective of Missouri and Missourians. The exhibit is based on the online digital archive missourioverthere.org that features documents, photographs, artifacts, and other WWI items from 30 Missouri museums, archives, libraries and historical societies.
Missourians contributed to the war effort even before the United States joined the hostilities 100 years ago, in April 1917. Missouri industries supplied mules, munitions, and other goods to Allied armies. More than 156,000 Missourians served in the war, including men like future president Harry S. Truman, Walt Disney, and Gens. John J. Pershing and Enoch Crowder.
To tell these stories, the Springfield-Greene County Library District and the Missouri Humanities Council developed the traveling exhibit Missouri and the Great War. The exhibit explores the many facets of World War I history through the perspective of Missouri and Missourians. Learn about the contributions of Missouri women and African Americans to the war effort. Discover the vital role Missouri horses and mules played in the war despite the military adopting new technologies such as motorized vehicles. The exhibit also features two touch-screen kiosks, where visitors can explore more content and discover locations of Missouri’s World War I monuments. Visitors will also get to see a new 7-minute documentary featuring footage from the war.
“One of the Missouri Humanities Council’s priorities is helping local communities maximize their resources and bring exceptional cultural programming to all Missouri residents,” said Steve Belko, executive director of the Missouri Humanities Council. “Missouri and the Great War allows Missouri communities to access historical archives from across the state.”
The exhibit is based on the online digital archive www.missourioverthere.org, which features documents, photographs, artifacts, and other WWI items from 30 Missouri museums, archives, libraries and historical societies. Missouri and the Great War will travel to nine locations across the state from 2017 to 2018.
This exhibition was developed by the Missouri Humanities Council and the Springfield-Greene County Library District, with funding provided by the Missouri Humanities Council, Friends of Springfield-Greene County Library District, and the RDW Family and Community Fund.
Melissa Hopkins, Librarian