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Museums and Libraries

"The centennial of World War One offers an opportunity for people in the United States to learn about
and commemorate the sacrifices of their predecessors."
from The World War One Centennial Commission Act, January 14, 2013

Museums and libraries across the nation are mounting exhibitions and programs covering all aspects of the World War One experience and heritage of the United States.  To add your museum or library to this page, send an email to the webmaster with the relevant information. (See disclaimer.)

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16827 Boalsburg

The museum recounts the 20th century stories of the citizen-soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines - the men and women of the Commonwealth who served in defense of their state and nation. The story of modern warfare unfolds in the gallery exhibits which highlights the museum's excellent vehicle and weapons collections. The 65-acre park surrounding the museum includes the 28th Infantry Division National Shrine memorializing the service of the Pennsylvania National Guard.

  • Dedication Date: 1977
16 Belleview Avenue
11050 Port Washington,

The Polish American Museum located at 16 Belleview Avenue in Port Washington, New York, USA, was founded on January 20, 1977 and is directed by Gerald Kochan. It features displays of folk art, costumes, historical artifacts and paintings, as well as bilingual research library with particular focus on achievements of the people of Polish heritage in America.

  • Dedication Date: 1921
17 Irving Pl # 1
10003 New York

The Polish Military Heritage Museum was founded in 1996 in New York at the headquarters of the Polish Army Veterans Association of America. The aim of the museum is to preserve and display objects related to the history of Polish Arms, with special emphasis on the military effort of the Polish American Community in World Wars I and II. The displayed objects relate mainly to the recruitment of Polish volunteers from the United States and Canada for the Polish Army in France in the years 1917-1919. Historical flags of PAVA Posts, uniforms, posters, paintings and documents are exhibited in the museum. A large part of the exhibits are memorabilia of World War II veterans. Of particular interest is the collection of uniforms, elements of armament, equipment, and decorations.

The PAVA Archives resources come from the years 1917-2000. The total amounts to more than 160 linear feet of documents. Among the archival collections some of the most valuable are the personal files of more than 20,000 veterans from World War I and World War II who were or are members of PAVA; a list of more than 38,000 volunteers from the United States and Canada for the Polish Army in France during the years 1917- 1919; and a rich collection of photographs and audiovisual recordings, mostly narrations by soldiers. The biggest in this section is the collection of recordings by more than 150 veterans who were Polish soldiers during the Second World War. An important group of archival records consists of documents concerning PAVA contacts with American and Polish American authorities and organizations, and prominent politicians. The most valuable in this group include: correspondence and other materials relating to contacts with General J. Haller, I. J. Paderewski and Polish diplomatic posts in the United States and Canada


984 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago IL 60642
60642 Chicago
The Mission of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library is to acquire and maintain an accessible collection of materials and to develop appropriate programs focusing on the Citizen Soldier in the preservation of democracy. Colonel J.N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired), founder of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, assembled a major collection of books and related materials on military history, with a particular focus on the concept of the Citizen Soldier in America. Today, building upon that foundation through the generosity of private donors, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library has become a non-partisan research organization that attempts to increase the public understanding of military history and the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served. In a democratic society, it is important for people of all viewpoints to have an open, public forum to discuss the past, present, and future of the military. Through its collection and its programs, the Museum & Library is dedicated to serving as a forum for those discussions and preserving them for future generations. Since opening in 2003, the Museum & Library has hosted more than 400 events featuring the country's most acclaimed authors, historians, journalists, and scholars.
31001 Magnuson Ave.
81001 Pueblo
441 North Park Drive
56270 Morton


Person to talk to about the artifacts,

Kevin Leonard, university archivist.

(this number calls the archive) 847-491-3354

n call Yivvane Spora


401 Little White House Road
31830 Warm Springs
The Georgia home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, U.S. President during World War II.  Roosevelt first came to Warm Springs in 1924, hoping to find in the area’s warm springs a cure for the polio (infantile paralysis) that had struck him in 1921.  He built the Little White House in 1932 while governor of New York, came here often on retreat during his presidency, and died in the home on April 12, 1945.  Roosevelt served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Navy in the Wilson Administration, and was a forceful advocate for U.S. entry into World War I, putting him at odds with many of his administration colleagues.
62 North 2nd Street
21550 Oakland
As part of the Western Maryland Regional Library, the Ruth Enlow Library hosts World War I events such as presentations of Garrett County in World War I.  They also host scanning events for local residents to bring photographs and documents from family members who were involved in the war.  The scanned items will be added to the Western Maryland Regional Library's history website, World War I in Western Maryland:
47963 Morocco
27333 C St
48045 Selfridge Air National Guard Base

PH (586) 239-6768  or email This is a military base so you have to call to get approval to enter at least 48 hours in advance!

This is a museum displaying military aircraft and associated historical items on the grounds of Selfridge Air National Guard base, an active military facility. All of the items on display are related to the history of this specific base. The museum consists of two parts: an indoor display of historic photos and items, e.g. military uniforms from various periods and an outdoor air museum of vintage aircaft.

This is the centennial of Selfridge Air Base August 2017

2700 North York Hwy Pall Mall, Tennessee 38577
38577 Pall Mall
Sergeant Alvin C. York Historic Park pays tribute to Sgt. Alvin C. York, one of the most decorated soldiers of World War I. The park contains the farm and gristmill once owned by York who lived in the Pall Mall area for most of his life. Along with the millhouse and milldam, the park includes York’s two-story house, York’s general store and post office, the Wolf River Cemetery, the Wolf River Methodist Church, the York Bible Institute, an M247 Sergeant York tank and various picnic facilities.
2609 N. York Hwy, Pall Mall, TN 38577-5202
38577-5202 Pall Mall
York General Store & Interpretive Center is the first stop on a visit to Pall Mall and the home place of Sgt. York in the Valley of the Three Forks of the Wolf River.
20024 Washington

Peter Jakab:

(202) 633-2214

  • Dedication Date: May. 15, 2002
War Memorial Plaza, Indianapolis
46204 Indianapolis
13617 Canton

315 / 386-8133

600 E. Locust St.
50319 Des Moines

Learn about life in Iowa before it became a state and the many changes that took place when settlers arrived.

Explore Iowa’s rich natural resources and the balance between using these resources and preserving them.  

Discover what inspired more than 76,000 Iowans to fight for the Union and the role they played in the nation’s bloodiest war.

Explore Iowa’s legacy with the silver screen from the early 1900s to today in this blockbuster exhibit.

Discover the history of bicycling in Iowa including the story of the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI®) that began in 1973.