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World War I and the Maine Experience
February 3 through June 4, 2017
Known as "The War to End All Wars", World War I ended nothing. 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of American involvement in the first World War, and an opportunity to reflect on the tremendous impact it continues to have on American politics, society and culture. Our exhibition, World War I and the Maine Experience places emphasis on Maine's attitude towards the conflict, the cultural rhetoric of the period, and the service and sacrifice of Maine citizens on the front and at home.
It also explores the role the media played in public opinion, and highlights how Maine's economy, population, and development reflected and reacted to the global issues at hand. Through exhibited objects including posters, pamphlets, and political cartoons, the exhibition depicts a nation rallying together to support its allies and "preserve liberty." Also on view are uniforms and period clothing, military documents, and weaponry including a ca. 1895 Colt-Browning machine gun, as well as a rich collection of photographs and letters demonstrating the veteran experience, the complexities of reintegration, and the comradery of service.
This exhibition is made possible by the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust and the Margaret Burnham Charitable Trust.
Exhibition opens January 12, 2017; closes April 29, 2017
Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Lecture Hall
There are approximately 127,000 veterans living in Maine today, and their histories are as diverse as their backgrounds. Veterans' Voices features first-person stories from veterans spanning World War II to the Afghanistan wars—all ordinary people who have done extraordinary things in trying times.
Veterans' Voices is the inaugural exhibition drawn from My Maine Stories, Maine Historical Society's new online storytelling portal that, for the first time, opens Maine Memory Network to individual contributors to tell and archive their own personal histories. These veteran stories and other general contributions about Maine can be found at: mainememory.net/mymainestories.
With sponsorship support from The Simmons Foundation.