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For Home and Country America’s Entry in the War to End all Wars
September 3, 2017
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I (April 6, 1917), the University Libraries Special Collections has installed an exhibit featuring selections from their collections that illustrate how the War impacted the lives of those serving on the “Front Lines” and those on the “Home Front.” On display are uniforms and military paraphernalia, letters, photographs, and posters that each have a story to tell. They tell of young men who had probably never been more than one hundred miles from home before, of one’s patriotic duty to save food for the children of France, and the underlying heartache and longing for loved ones. Now those stories must, for the most part, be imagined by the viewer – the voices behind them having been silenced by time. The exhibit in the Pearce Foyer on the 2nd floor of Gorgas Library, featuring materials drawn from a wide variety of collections – large and small, will be on display through the Fall semester.