Maine Historical Society



A Past Exhibit

World War I and the Maine Experience

February 3 through June 4, 2017
MHS Gallery

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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.

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