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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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  • American Legion post
Falvey Memorial Library, Villanova University
19085 Villanova
PA
USA

Villanova University's Special Collection has extensive collections dealing with the Great War, in particle popular aspects of the conflict such as war time fiction, pro-German newspapers, pamphlet literature, and Irish and Irish American materials. These are all available to the researching public.

As well, the University is hosting a number of exhibits and events. 

1s151 Winfield Road
60189 Wheaton
IL
USA
1S151 Winfield Rd
60189 Wheaton
IL
USA

Walk in heroes’ boots as you take your first step into the First Division Museum and become a part of the “Big Red One,” the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division. Be captured by the sights, sounds and soldiers’ stories from the Revolutionary War through Desert Storm. Watch and learn as the history of our nation’s conflicts unfolds in this distinctive museum that will be enjoyed by the whole family. Outside, explore the museum’s iconic tank park featuring 100 years of armor. Come see what made the 1st Infantry Division famous.

R.A. Gray Building, 500 S Bronough St,
32399 Tallahassee
FL
USA
2501 26th St.
49037 Battle Creek
MI
USA

The Fort Custer Historical Society  PH 269-731-6555  This is a military base so you have to call to get approval to enter at least 48 hours in advance!

The Fort Custer Historical Society is responsible for establishing and managing the museum in an old WWII barracks, Building no. 2631, at Fort Custer.  The building was moved to its present site where it was restored to its near original condition.  Since that time, a dedicated group of individuals headed by Michigan National Guard Colonel (Retired) James Spackman has stepped forward to continue the efforts and prepare the facility for its grand opening in 2012.The museum will highlight the units that have been part of the Fort Custer history since the post was established in 1917 as Camp Custer.  Some of these include the 85th Division in World War I, the 5th “Red Diamond” Infantry Division in World War II, the 339th “Polar Bear” Regiment, which served in northern Russia at the end of the First World War, and the World War I 14thDivision, (Regular Army).  This unit was popularly known as the "Wolverine Division”.  It was organized and demobilized at Camp Custer at the end of the war and was never sent into battle. 

It will also place emphasis on the follow-on years of the training facility i.e., the Civilian Military Training Camps of the 1920s, Civilian Conservation Corps era (1933-1942), World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and present day.  In particular, it will address the history of the Michigan Army National Guard from 1805 to present.  Included will be Michigan in the Civil War, the 32nd “Red Arrow” Division in the First World War, Michigan Units in the Pacific and European Theaters during World War II, and today’s Citizen Soldier.  It will also cover the Custer years, the Spanish American War, and the formation of the Michigan State Troops Permanent Force, (also known as the Michigan State Constabulary). 

It will pay tribute to the lives of individual soldiers who served at the post, the German Prisoners of War, the establishment of the Fort Custer National Cemetery, and Harmonia, the land area purchased by the government for the construction of Camp Custer.  


 

50315 Des Moines
IA
USA
Fort Des Moines is a National Historic Landmark—1 of only 2 in Polk County. It began as a cavalry post in 1901. 16 years later the Fort hosted a unique event—the training of black officers in the segregated U.S. Army during World War I. A second “first” occurred here during World War II when the Army broke gender barriers and allowed women to join the army as non-combat personnel. They became known as the Women’s Army Corps (WACs).
75 E Army Post Rd,
50315 Des Moines
IA
USA
  • Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch
504 Chamberlain Avenue
30905 Augusta
GA
USA
This military museum provides a permanent WW1 exhibit.  Highlights include “The Hello Girls” and “The Pigeon Service”.  
  • Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch
Meddin Drive at Tybee Light
31328 Tybee Island
GA
USA

     In 1786, the Georgia Legislature approved the creation of a fort on Cockspur or Tybee Island, to be named in honor of Revolutionary War hero General James Screven. The fort was never built by the state, but in 1808 the property fell under the jurisdiction of the Federal government as the Fort Screven Reservation.

     In 1855, the government approved building Fort Screven on the north end of Tybee to provide modern coastal defense. Six poured-concrete, low-profile gun batteries (named for war heroes) and a minefield were ordered for Tybee along with hundreds of other military buildings. From 1897 to 1947 the fort was an integral part of America’s Coastal Defense system. Troops stood guard on Tybee through the Spanish American War of 1898, World War I and World War II. The Fort was closed in 1947 and sold to the City of Tybee and tourism returned as a major part of Tybee’s history. By the 1950s many of the fort’s buildings had been converted for use by private owners.

     In 1961, Battery Garland, the former gun battery and magazine for a 12-inch long-range gun, became the Tybee Island museum. A room that once stored six hundred pound projectiles and two hundred pound bags of gun powder, now holds the collections and exhibits of more than 400 years of Tybee Island history.  It is the location of the only shot fired in anger in Georgia during World War I.

     Today, the abandoned and silent concrete bunkers stand side-by-side with fine beachside homes. Visitors marvel at the private residences nestled atop the fort’s walls, the magnificent ocean and river views and the fort that played a role in so many phases of American history.

 

500 W. Third St.
76102 Fort Worth
TX
USA
47987 Veedersburg
IN
USA
829 West Main Street
40202 Louisville
KY
USA

Frazier History Museum, 502-753-5663, info@fraziermuseum.org

(502) 753-5663

Open M-Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Sundays noon - 5 p.m. 

515 Broad St
35901 Gadsden
AL
USA

Explore a piece of America’s military history at Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site and learn about the experiences that molded a Laclede country boy into one of the nation’s legendary generals. Pershing and his family moved into the nine-room Gothic-style house in Laclede when he was six. Prairie Mound School, where Pershing taught prior to his admission to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, is also on the site and includes a unique exhibit that allows visitors to pass through many of the same doorways Pershing passed through on his journeys from Missouri to Mexico and France.

For over seventy years, the Pershing Park Memorial Association (PPMA) has dedicated itself to keeping the memory of General of the Armies of the United States John J. Pershing alive. Our mission is to construct a living and lasting memorial to the extraordinary service and sacrifice of General Pershing.

One strategic component remains. We have nearly reached our goal with the 2011 purchase of a 7,800 square foot building in Laclede, Missouri. This structure will be the Pershing Memorial Museum and Leadership Archives.

The Pershing Memorial Museum and Leadership Archives will interpret Pershing's life for visitors - from the time young Cadet Pershing arrives at West Point Military Academy through his life, career, and ascension to the highest rank and title ever awarded to a United States Military Officer while alive, General of the Armies of the United States.

The museum will interpret history in a way that is accessible to today's scholars and students. The modern exhibit gallery will display educational, hands-on, and interactive displays spanning General Pershing's life and military career. A flexible theatre space will accommodate small groups or expand for larger audiences. We anticipate the viewing of restored World War I film footage, lectures, conferences, and book signings. The main gallery and a classroom space will allow the facility to feature special exhibits and traveling displays.

  • Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch
2142 Southern Drive
Statesboro
GA
USA
The Great War that Changed Georgia, 1917-1918

February 20, 2017 – January 28, 2018

Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States’ involvement in the First World War through the experience of Georgia. Stories of Georgia soldiers and civilians and training camps and communities will highlight the state’s unique role in this conflict that changed Georgia and the world in important and lasting ways.
2142 Southern Drive
30460 Statesboro
GA
USA

Georgia Southern University

371 Airport Road
19507 Bethel
PA
USA

In Berks County at Grimes Airport

Refer to the museum's event calendar on the web

WW1 aircraft
1916 Sopwith Pup
1917 Rumpler C.V
1918 Curtiss JN4D "Jenny"
1918 Fokker Dr I Triplane

810 Capstone Dr,
35401 Tuscaloosa
AL
USA
272 Pearl St NW
49504 Grand Rapids
MI
USA

For general inquires please call  616.929.1700 or email info@grpm.org

Vision:

To inspire passionate curiosity and a deeper understanding of the world around us.

Mission:

We exist to be a living monument of artifacts, ideas and stories told through exhibitions, events and educational programming designed to inspire, motivate and celebrate our human bond. We enrich the life of our community through experiences of the wider world in a uniquely Grand Rapids context.

They do have a wooden wing from a Hadley-Page Bomber that was manufactured by the Grand Rapids Aircraft Company and also an I.D. card of a female worker.