The exhibit uses text, art work, photographs artifacts and sound to explore the story of American involvement in World War I. It is designed to coincide with the centennial of American entry into the Great War. The exhibit chronicles America’s uneasy role as a neutral power from 1914 to 1917 while the war raged in Europe. It also explores approaches to financing the conflict, securing public support for the war effort, strategies for using the war to advance political goals, internal opposition to U.S. participation, mobilization and the campaigns of the American Expeditionary Force in France in 1918.
The exhibit will open for public viewing on Saturday, February 11, 2017, from noon to 4 PM.
It will remain on display through November 2018. Special programs throughout the viewing period will explore and elaborate on themes raised in the exhibition. These will include a talk about America and World War I, on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 2 PM, by Professor Michael S. Neiberg, Chair of War Studies, Department of National Security and Strategy at the Army War College. An authority on the era of the two world wars, Dr. Neiberg’s publications include “Fighting the Great War: A Global History” (2006), “Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I” (2011) and “The Blood of Free Men: The Liberation of Paris, 1944” (2012).
Funded project of Humanities New York. Humanities New York is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.