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"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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315 W. Ohio St
46204 Indianapolis
IN
USA

317-232-3675,

Stephanie Asberry - StAsberry@library.IN.gov

Now through Nov. 11, 2018

This exhibition will be presented in parts during 2017 and 2018. From cases of artifacts to displays of art, there will be a range of ways to enjoy and experience this exhibition.

From April 6, 2017 through Nov. 11, 2018, the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. With several installations and exhibitions available in our public spaces, the ISMHS will explore Indiana’s contributions to the war effort. Along with the personal and political sacrifices Hoosiers made – visitors will learn more about this challenging historical period, as well as honoring Indiana’s veterans.

Questions about what will be on view during your visit? Please call guest services at 317.232.1637.
  • American Legion post
  • Dedication Date: 1925
War Memorial Plaza
46204 Indianapolis
IN
USA

The Indiana World War Memorial Plaza was originally built to honor the veterans of World War I. The five-city-block plaza was conceived in 1919 as a location for the national headquarters of the American Legion and a memorial to the state's and nation's veterans. At the north end of the plaza is the American Legion Mall, which is the site of the administration buildings of the Legion, as well as a memorial cenotaph. South of that is the Veterans Memorial Plaza with its obelisk. Combined, it is the largest war memorial project in the United States.

The centerpiece of the plaza is the Indiana World War Memorial, modeled after the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, which contains "the Altar of the Flag" in the Shrine Room. There is also a military museum and an auditorium. At the south end is University Park, the oldest part of the plaza, filled with statues and a fountain. On October 11, 1994, the Indiana World War Memorial Plaza was designated a National Historic Landmark District

7105 NW 70th Ave
50131 Johnston
IA
USA
7105 Northwest 70th Avenue, Johnston, IA 50131
50131 Johnston
IA
USA
3722 Norrisville Road
21084 Jarrettsville
MD
USA
47250 Madison
IN
USA

The Jefferson County Historical Society is housed within the History Center campus at the corner of First and Mill Streets. Within the main building, the vintage railroad station and the caboose, there is more than 10,000 square feet under roof. Included in that is an excellent museum, a library with storage for archival material, storage for artifacts, a 1,600 square foot room available for meetings, social events and educational programs, a kitchenette, space for the Southern Indiana Folk School, a small museum store and office space for staff.  It is a thriving organization in a well-run facility with a myriad of programs for both students and adults.  However, it was not always that way.  The society, throughout its long history, has had its fits and starts and has moved to and from a variety of locations before finally establishing itself as a significant organization for preserving local history and educating the public about the heritage of Jefferson County.

The Jefferson County Historical Society has multiple World War I exhibits out on display and plans to showcase additional artifacts throughout the World War I Centennial celebration!

46131 Franklin
IN
USA
Joint Base MDL
08641 McGuire Air Force Base
NJ
USA
6151 Portage Rd
49002 Portage
MI
USA

Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum

The Air Zoo, founded as the Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum, is an aviation museum and indoor amusement park next to the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport in Portage, Michigan.

816.235.1543

kansascity@shsmo.org302 Newcomb Hall

University of Missouri-Kansas City

More than 17,000 sets of architectural drawings spanning the late 1890s through the 1980s that record the history of Kansas City's built environment and provide insight into its architects, whose influence spread throughout the Midwest. Holdings also include work from the nationally recognized landscape architectural firm of Hare and Hare.

The J. C. Nichols Company Records document the growth and development of the nation's premier real estate development company and the work of its founder, providing a comprehensive accounting of its residential and commercial developments in the Kansas City area.

The Jewish Community Archives, consisting of personal papers, organizational records, photographs, and oral histories documenting the vibrant history of the region's Jewish community and institutions.

The Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City Records, which contain letters, organizational records, scrapbooks, photographs, maps, and ephemera assembled by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas City to illuminate the growth and development of Kansas City and its founders.

817 Main Street,
20707 Laurel
MD
USA

301.725.7975

info@laurelhistoricalsociety.org

100 34th Avenue
45450 San Francisco
CA
USA

This museum maintains an important piece of history about California's involvement in World War I; the Book of Gold. Military records were searched to identify the war dead of California, and a calligrapher then wrote each name into the Book of Gold. There is a PDF download available on their website where the public can view, and research, its contents. In November of each year, the book is put out on display in the museum. The rest of the year, the Book of Gold is stored safely away.

The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material related to World War I, including photographs, documents, newspapers, films, sheet music, and sound recordings. This guide compiles links to World War I resources throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, this guide provides links to external Web sites focusing on World War I and a bibliography containing selections for both general and younger readers.

101 Independence Ave SE,
20540 Washington
DC
USA
102 W. Washington St
20037 Washington
DC
USA

256-233-6404

125 West Vine Street
92373 Redlands
CA
USA

912-478-4636

(909) 798-7632

  • Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #81
  • Los Angeles High Memorial Park; Los Angeles Library Memorial Branch Alumni Memorial Window
  • Los Angeles High School alumni who died in service
  • John C. Austin and Frederick M. Ashley, architects
  • Library
  • $47,621
  • Dedication Date: 04/29/1930
  • Materials (select all that apply): Metal (any)

The history of the Memorial Branch Library began in 1923, seven years before the building opened. That year, the land on which the library now stands was purchased by the student body and alumni association of Los Angeles High School, and deeded to the City of Los Angeles in commemoration of twenty alumni who died in World War I. Six years later, the city gave the Los Angeles Public Library the right to establish a branch on the site.

The library formally opened on April 29, 1930. The architectural firm Austin and Ashley designed the building in a picturesque English Tudor style to harmonize with the high school building across Olympic Boulevard, which they also designed. The students of Los Angeles High School commissioned a stained glass window with the names of the twenty alumni and an inscription stating hope for “peace among nations.” The window, designed by the renowned Judson Art Studio, was inspired by those in the Parliament Building of London and was installed in the adult reading room.

On the memorial stained glass windows:
"The symbols and insignia are shown as decoration on the shields and in the top row of windows represent the various armed forces -- the Infantry, Field Artillery, Navy, Marine Corps, Engineers and Aviation.

In the second row of windows the tower of the old L.A. High School, the seal of the city of L.A., the coat of arms of the United States, the California state flag, the coat of arms of the L.A. High School, and the tower of the present L.A. High school building are represented.

The lower row of light (two center panels) have the memorial tablets giving the names of the alumni who died in the service. The shields on either side carry the emblem of ""Sacrifice,"" pictured by the legend of the Pelican in Piety, and on either end is an heraldic arrangement of the poem ""In Flanders Field.""

Across the base of the window is the inscrIption ""Dedicated to the Alumni of the Los Angeles High School who died in the World War. 1914—1918. May the sacrifice of these lives contribute to the establishment of peace among nations.”