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Immerse yourself in Virginia's history by visiting one of our exhibitions.

 

The Story of Virginia

WW1 America

Photograph of Victory Arch WW1 America exhibition

Admission:

  • Free for members and children under 5.

  • Through the generosity of The Boeing Company, admission is free for veterans and active duty military and their families.

  • $10 for adults, $8 for seniors or groups of 10 or more, and $5 for youth ages 6 - 17

Come see WW1 America  the largest traveling exhibition about the Great War — at its only scheduled stop on the east coast! Purchase your tickets today!
 

This exhibition — featuring more than 100 objects, powerful multimedia presentations, and interactive experiences—focuses on the war as a transformational event. Themes such as immigration and migration, racial conflict, women’s rights, labor struggles, challenges to civil liberties, and the meaning of citizenship are explored.

what You Will See

  • President Woodrow Wilson’s hat and cane

  • Harry Houdini's handcuffs

  • Baseball legend Christy Mathewson’s gas mask

  • Latin American activist José de la Luz Sáenz’s helmet 

  • and so much more!

What you will learn about during your visit

  • The sinking of the Lusitania

  • The infamous Zimmerman telegram

  • Prohibition of alcohol

  • Women’s struggle for the right to vote

 SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

  • Interactives to explore the variety and quantity of U.S. products shipped overseas

  • Recreated movie house showing popular films of the period

  • IQ station where guests may take the first-ever written intelligence test given to recruits to select candidates for officer training

WW1 America is part of a nearly year-long commemoration of World War I and its effect on Virginia and its citizens that will include a variety of public programs and a statewide memorial project to honor the thousands of soldiers who lost their lives during the conflict.

Purchase your tickets today!

Exhibition Information

From
Sat Feb 17 2018, 10:00amSun Jul 29 2018, 5:00pm
Open
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, daily
In Virginia Sargeant Reynolds Gallery

Andrew Talkov, Vice President for Exhibitions

To celebrate the centennial of World War I, we are pleased to present WW1 America to you. If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to me at atalkov@VirginiaHistory.org. I hope you enjoy this exhibition as much as I do!

Highlighted objects from WW1 America

Photograph of Madam C. J.Walker on display in the WW1 America exhibition Enter Fullscreen More information
Madam C. J.Walker
Madam C. J. Walker was a entrepreneur, philanthropist, and civil rights activist. During the war, Walker advocated for a special black officer's training camp and facilitated the Circle for Negro War Relief.
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Harry Houdini Hand Cuffs
The legendary illusionist and escape artist Harry Houdini was born Erik Weisz in Budapest. He came to America as a child with his family in 1878. The young magician changed his name around 1900, and sometimes--as on his draft registration form in 1918--he styled himself Harry Handcuff Houdini.
Photograph of Helmet worn by Norm F. Claussen on display in the WW1 America exhibition Enter Fullscreen More information
Photograph of Helmet worn by Norm F. Claussen
Norman F. Claussen of St. Paul, Minnesota, served in the 15th Field Artillery Regiment in Francs. In 1918, he received the Silver Star for "gallantry in action" and "brilliant leadership" while serving in action near Villemontoire, France.
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National Woman's Party banner
Photograph of Victory Arch WW1 America exhibition Enter Fullscreen More information
Victory Arch
Communities across the country erected temporary "victory arches" as centerpieces for parades of returning soldiers.
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French Chauchat light machine gun
French armed forces Model 1915 Chauchat 8 mm. Light Machine Gun C.S.R.G. with a detachable crescent-shaped magazine that held twenty rounds in line.
Photograph of Madam C. J.Walker on display in the WW1 America exhibition
Madam C. J.Walker
Photograph of Harry Houdini Hand Cuffs on display in the WW1 America exhibition
Harry Houdini Hand Cuffs
Photograph of Helmet worn by Norm F. Claussen on display in the WW1 America exhibition
Photograph of Helmet worn by Norm F.
Banner on display in the WW1 America exhibition
National Woman's Party banner
Photograph of Victory Arch WW1 America exhibition
Victory Arch
Photograph of French Chauchat light machine gun on display in WW1 America exhibition
French Chauchat light machine gun


Leading Presenter

 

 

Presenting Sponsors

 

 

 

The Genan Foundation

Supporting Sponsors

 

 

 

Shelton H. Short, Jr. Trust in memory of Shelton and Jean Short

Additional Support Provided By

 
 

James C. Wheat III

 
 

Kiwi and Landon Hilliard

WW1 America was produced by the Minnesota Historical Society in partnership with the National Constitution Center, the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, the Oakland Museum of California, and the Bullock Texas State History Museum.

              The exhibit has been made possible in part by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

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