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World War I: Lessons and Legacies Exhibit

Exhibit Description (From Smithsonian exhibit guide)

In honor of America’s entry into “The War to End All Wars” in 1917, the Smithsonian offers a free poster exhibition to educators, schools, and other organizations. World War I: Lessons and Legacies explores the war and its lasting impact and far-reaching influence on American life.

Sparked by the assassination of one man, the war eventually included the forces of the world’s major industrial powers (over 18 countries) and ended with millions dead. World War I also gave rise to significant and enduring changes in America. Wartime technologies and medical advances resulted in new industries and novel ways to fight disease and treat disability. Women and minority participation in the war led to women’s voting rights and raised awareness on civil rights issues throughout society. The war led to pivotal changes in America’s culture, technology, economy, and role in the world. It redefined how we saw ourselves as Americans and its legacy continues today. The eight posters feature historical photographs, documents, graphics, educational text, and a design that reflects the modernity the war’s end brought to the 20th century.

Exhibit Information

  • 8 panels, 18.5 inches wide and 26.5 inches tall
  • Mounted on hard foam with a hook on the back
  • No artifacts are included
  • A user guide, educational guide, and logos are included
  • The exhibit can be borrowed for a minimum of one month and a maximum of three.  If more than three months are necessary, requests may be approved on a case by case basis.  The exhibit must be displayed for the entire time frame it is being borrowed
  • Exhibit is free to use, but borrowing requirements include:
    • Credit to the Smithsonian and Delaware Humanities on promotional materials
    • A final report to be submitted to Delaware Humanities
    • Transportation of exhibit arranged with Delaware Humanities.  Borrowers may be required to pick up and/or return the exhibit to Delaware Humanities’ office in Wilmington

Interested in borrowing the exhibit?  Please contact Ciera Fisher.

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