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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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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

  • Materials (select all that apply): Metal (any)
  • Dedication Date: 04/29/1930
  • $47,621
  • 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

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.”

148 Court Avenue
26452 Weston
WV
USA

Home of Jonathan M. Bennett built 1875 and used as family home until 1922. Given by Mrs. Louis Bennett to county as public library to honor her husband and son. J.M. Bennett (1816 ~ 87) was active in state political and local business affairs in Virginia and West Virginia as was his son Louis (1894 ~ 1918). Grandson Louis (1894 ~ 1918) was killed while serving as a World War I pilot.

  • Dedication Date: 1967
  • Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch
305 West Central Avenue
31601 Valdosta
GA
USA

Founded in 1967, The Lowndes County Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the rich history of  Valdosta and Lowndes County, Georgia. The society operates the Lowndes County Historical Museum.

This museum contains a rare collection of WW1 artifacts and displays, including the “Trench Shotgun”, invented by Valdosta native, William Eager.

230 State Street
04330 Augusta
ME
USA

Angela Goebel-Bain, Angela.Goebel-Bain@maine.gov

Tuesday – Friday – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

2260 International Parkway
44720 North Canton
OH
USA

The mission of the Veterans Museum at Patriot Park is to recognize and honor all U.S. Military Veterans.
Those who fought on the battlefields and those who served in support of them should be remembered and honored so that future generations never forget the sacrifices that these men and women have made.

In January of 2002, the County Commissioners of Charles County established a Charles County Veterans Memorial Committee to develop a plan for locating, designing, funding, and constructing a permanent memorial to honor the County's Veterans. This concept was amended in January of 2008 to include all Veterans.

The Commissioners authorized leasing of the Glasva Elementary School site for the Museum. The site has a total of 7.7 acres located on the northbound side of Route 301. The location is approximately 8 miles south of La Plata and 5 miles north of the Maryland Visitors Center.

The property is also bounded on the south side by the Glasva Road which is a paved county road. The Center is accessible from the Route 301 North lane. This site also overlooks one of the most scenic natural views in the county, Allens Fresh.

Michigan History Center

  • www.michigan.gov/museum

    The flagship of the Michigan History Museum System, the Michigan History Museum offers you Michigan's rich past, from the time of the state's earliest peoples to the late 20th century.

  • American Legion post
153 N. Union St.
49240 Grass Lake Charter Township
MI
USA

Michigan Military Heritage Museum

Michigan Military Heritage Museum group had formed to develop a museum to tell the stories of Michigan veterans through the development of dynamic and informative exhibits. This partnership has truly lit a strong flame of interest local and statewide as projects develop to move to the establishment of a regionally significant museum project. Current projects include preparing an 18th century British cannon on extended loan from the Detroit Historical Society for exhibit. Locally donated burr oak will be used to build an authentically reproduced carriage for this cannon which was rescued from the Detroit River in the 1990s. Also underway is a project to replicate a World War I ambulance, using a 1917 Model T body with a wooden bed, just as those used in that war.