Vets Museum will display WWI exhibit through next year

Apr 7, 2017

CASPER, Wyo. – President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany on April 2, 1917 and four days later war was declared. On the centennial of the date of the entrance of the United States of America into World War I, the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum opened a state-level exhibit focused upon the stories and experiences of Wyoming soldiers, residents and families during the Great War.

This exhibit will address the U.S. participation in the war through Nov. 11, 1918, the 1919-1920 occupation of the Rhineland and the Siberia American Expeditionary Force. This exhibit will open to the public in the museum’s Kading Gallery and will remain open until Nov. 11, 2018, the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the war.

This “Wyoming in the Great War” exhibit will be installed in 17 large exhibit cases in the Kading Gallery. Using the stories related in this exhibit, it will be possible to follow a Wyoming man from civilian life in 1914, through service on the Mexican border with the Wyoming National Guard between 1916-1917, with the U.S. Navy or the American Expeditionary Force in France and Germany between 1917-1919, and then as a distinguished veteran.

In these cases visitors will learn about the technology of the war including poisonous gas, tanks and flame throwers; how a humble carrier pigeon saved an American unit (including a Wyoming oil driller) from annihilation; what inefficient French weapon the doughboys were equipped with; and how officers made telephone calls. There will be several 3-D exhibits, one hands-on display and three immersion exhibit areas.

Admission to the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum is free, and information is available on the museum’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WyoVetsMuseum/?ref=bookmarks.

For additional information contact Douglas R. Cubbison, curator, Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum, 307-472-1857, douglas.cubbison@wyo.gov.

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