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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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Contact: Nicholas Ciotola - nicholas.ciotola@sos.nj.gov

Museum Hours:

Main Museum Building

205 West State Street, Trenton

Tuesday – Sunday

9:00 am to 4:45 pm

Closed Mondays & State Holidays

Auditorium Galleries

Tuesday – Friday

9:00 am to 4:45 pm

Closed Weekends & State Holidays

Civil War Flag Galleries and Visual Art Gallery

225 West State Street, Trenton

Monday – Friday

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Closed Weekends & State Holidays

  • American Legion post

The mission of The New York Public Library is to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities.

The New York Public Library has been an essential provider of free books, information, ideas, and education for all New Yorkers for more than 100 years. Founded in 1895, NYPL is the nation's largest public library system, featuring a unique combination of 88 neighborhood branches and four scholarly research centers, bringing together an extraordinary richness of resources and opportunities available to all.

Washington Ave and State St
12203 Albany
NY
USA
222 Madison Avenue
12210 Albany
NY
USA

Aaron Noble: aaron.noble@nysed.gov

5 Washington Street
07102 Newark
NJ
USA
205 W. State Street
08608 Trenton
NJ
USA

The New Jersey State Museum preserves objects that document the lives of people who lived in New Jersey from the 17th century to the present, including an array of artifacts relating to the first World War. The World War I collection consists of more than 80 Liberty Loan, Red Cross, Food Administration, and recruitment posters that were designed and printed as propaganda to inspire American commitment to the cause of war. Additionally, the collection includes assorted personal items from the World War I era including uniforms, equipment, medals, war souvenirs, and even a bugle that sounded the Armistice on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918.

The State Museum also serves as the official caretaker of the State of New Jersey’s collection of 192 military flags dating from the 1860s through 1940. Although the majority of these flags are from the Civil War era, the State House Flag Collection also contains nearly 50 flags carried oversees by New Jersey soldiers who served with the 29th and 78th Divisions in World War I. The flags were returned to Trenton after the Armistice at the request of state officials and have been preserved by the State of New Jersey for the past 100 years. 

Photos courtesy of the New Jersey State House & State Capitol Joint Management Commission

5 East Edenton Street
27601 Raleigh
NC
USA

605-367-4210

314 Forest Avenue
04101 Portland
ME
USA
300 North Street
17120 Harrisburg
PA
USA

Headquartered in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the state’s official history agency and administers The State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania State Archives, the State Historic Preservation Office, and numerous historic sites and museums across the commonwealth including Boalsburg’s Pennsylvania Military Museum and the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania at Strasburg.  Watch phmc.pa.gov for upcoming special programs, exhibits, and projects commemorating Pennsylvania’s involvement in World War I.   The Pennsylvania State Archives, in particular, holds many collections documenting the war years and is currently partnering with Ancestry.com and the State Library of Pennsylvania to provide on-line access to number of these valuable records.   For example, check out http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60884 to examine Pennsylvania’s World War I Veterans Service and Compensation files.   Coming soon:  Digital access to over 200 stunning World War I posters from the State Archives’ collections via the State Library and the PA Power Library site.

See State Museum of Pennsylvania website for schedules and prices.
Discounted rates for group tours by reservation.

See Pennsylvania State Archives website for schedule and fees
GPS address:
801 North 3rd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102

16827 Boalsburg
PA
USA

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,
NY
USA

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
NY
USA

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
IL
USA
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
CO
USA
441 North Park Drive
56270 Morton
MN
USA

507.697.6147

director@renvillecountyhistory.com

info@renvillecountyhistory.com

Person to talk to about the artifacts,

Kevin Leonard, university archivist.

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

n call Yivvane Spora

475-238-3321