Remembering the Events of WWI, 100 Years Ago

During the centennial of the Great War (1914-19), the National WWI Museum and Memorial hosted a series of special exhibitions, programs and events to commemorate the first global war in history. Highlights of the Museum and Memorial's offerings during this time are below.

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Crucible Life and Death 1918

April 3, 2018 – March 3, 2019, Exhibit Hall

Posted: March 09, 2018
For the Doughboys on the Western Front, 1918 was their year. It was the crucible where the American land forces forged their fighting force. They fought alongside their main allies from Cantigny to Belleau Wood to the Champagne Region, the Piave River to the Marne to St. Mihiel to the Meuse Argonne to Vladivostok. This exhibition is not an illustration or timeline of how the 1918 battles were fought, rather it focuses on individuals and their lives and deaths in the crucible of 1918. Exhibition open April 3, 2018 – March 3, 2019 in Exhibit Hall.  Read More

John Singer Sargent Gassed

Feb. 23 – June 3, 2018, Wylie Gallery

Posted: February 23, 2018
John Singer Sargent’s incredible masterpiece Gassed is truly one of the giants of the art world at more than nine feet tall by 21 feet long. The landmark painting is the focal point in this special centennial exhibition that also includes original maps of the dressing station where Sargent witnessed the scene he depicted and reproductions of many of his study drawings and featuring historical and contemporary objects on detection and protection from chemical warfare. Exhibition open Feb. 23 – June 3, 2018 in the Wylie Gallery.  Read More

Images of the Great War: America Crosses the Atlantic

Nov. 9, 2017 – May 13, 2018, Ellis Gallery

Posted: October 23, 2017
Focusing on the final two years of the Great War with the emphasis on American involvement, the exhibition Images of the Great War: America Crosses the Atlantic features works by French, British, German and American artists who attempted to capture the harsh realities of the incredibly brutal war. The exhibition was organized by Brown University Library and The President Woodrow Wilson House and is open Nov. 9, 2017 – May 13, 2018 in the Ellis Gallery at the National WWI Museum and Memorial.  Read More

Wilson's War Proclamation

On view in the exhibition Revolutions! 1917

Posted: April 10, 2017

Temporarily on loan from the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C., Woodrow Wilson signed Presidential Proclamation 1364 concerning the Declaration of War against Germany on April 6, 1917.

The document joins many rarely-seen objects in the exhibition Revolutions! 1917, which focuses on the revolutions—political and cultural— that left their mark on 1917 and the war still raging worldwide. Wilson's war proclamation has not been on exhibit to the public in more than 50 years and will be on view through Sept. 21, 2017.

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Revolutions! 1917

April 7, 2017 – March 11, 2018, Exhibit Hall

Posted: March 29, 2017

The Centennial exhibition showcases the incredible events that occurred worldwide from America’s official entry into the war and Russia’s upheavals from an Imperial state to Bolshevik rule. The stalemated battles on the Western Front and in other theaters and troubles on the home fronts also led to societal changes, mutinies and revolts. Exhibition open April 7, 2017 – April 8, 2018 in Exhibit Hall.

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Vive l’Amérique: French Children Welcome Their American Ally

March 21 – Oct. 15, 2017, Ellis Gallery

Posted: March 02, 2017

When the U.S. entered WWI in April 1917, a school teacher in the Montmartre district of Paris asked his students to write essays and express in drawings how this would affect their lives. A century later, Le Vieux Montmartre Historical Society loans 30 of these drawings and two essays on this subject to be on exhibit the first time anywhere in the world. Exhibition open March 21 – Oct. 15, 2017

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