Smithsonian Exhibit World War I: Lessons and Legacies Opens in Rolla

A special traveling exhibit and several talks marking the United States' entry into World War I will be presented at the Curtis Laws Wilson Library on the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus in Rolla during the month of November. Displays of photographs, documents, and other items  from the Smithsonian Institution, will be supplemented with material from the SHSMO Rolla Research Center, Missouri S&T Archives, and the U.S. Army Engineer Museum. The exhibit and talks will explore the war's lasting impact and far-reaching influence on American life.

  • World War I: Lessons and Legacies

    Nov
    01
    Nov 1 – Nov 30, 2019
    Where

    Missouri University of Science and Technology
    Curtis Laws Wilson Library, 2nd Floor
    400 W 14th Street
    Rolla, MO 65409

    Where

    Missouri University of Science and Technology
    Curtis Laws Wilson Library, 2nd Floor
    400 W 14th Street
    Rolla, MO 65409

    The State Historical Society of Missouri–Rolla and the Missouri S&T Archives invite you to a special exhibition exploring how the lessons and legacies of World War I continue to affect the United States today. 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, World War I eventually included the forces of the world's major industrial powers (over 18 countries) and ended with millions dead. The war 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 posters feature historical photographs, documents, graphics, educational text, and a design that reflects the modernity the war’s end brought to the 20th century. The poster exhibit will be supplemented with materials from the Missouri S&T Archives, the SHSMO-Rolla Research Center, and the U.S. Army Engineer Museum.

    The poster exhibition is brought to you courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

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Join Larry Gragg, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus at Missouri University of Science and Technology, for his talk in conjunction with the exhibit World War I: Lessons and Legacies, courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.