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The Missouri S&T Archives and the State Historical Society of Missouri invite you to a special exhibition exploring how the lessons and legacies of World War I continue to affect the United States today. World War I: Lessons and Legacies will be on view November 1-December 2 in the Curtis Laws Wilson Library, second floor exhibition space.
In honor of America’s entry into “The War to End All Wars” in 1917, the Smithsonian exhibit, World War I: Lessons and Legacies, explores the war and its lasting impact and far-reaching influence on American life.
Sparked by the assassination of one man, the war eventually included the forces of the world’s major industrial powers (over 18 countries) and ended with millions dead. World War I also gave rise to significant and enduring changes in America. Wartime technologies and medical advances resulted in new industries and novel ways to fight disease and treat disability.
Women and minority participation in the war led to women’s voting rights and raised awareness on civil rights issues throughout society. The war led to pivotal changes in America’s culture, technology, economy, and role in the world. It redefined how we saw ourselves as Americans and its legacy continues today.
The eight poster exhibit will feature historical photographs, documents, graphics, educational text, and a design that reflects the modernity the war’s end brought to the 20th century. The exhibit will be supplemented with materials from the Missouri S&T Archives, the SHSMO-Rolla Research Center, and the U.S. Army Engineer Museum.
In addition, there will be talks by Dr. Petra DeWitt (November 14, at 5:30 pm.) and Dr. Larry Gragg (November 21, at 5:30 pm). All talks will be in the CLW Library, in the 2nd floor exhibit area. Other events will be announced at a later date
The poster exhibition is brought to you courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.