Texarkana, Texas – The Great War: Arkansas in World War I, a free traveling exhibit that tells the story of Arkansas’s role during World War at home and on the battlefields, will be displayed at Museum of Regional History, 219 N. State Line Avenue from December 21, 2017 to January 11, 2018. The Museum of Regional History is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The traveling exhibit consists of 12 panels that showcase images from the Arkansas State Archives’ holdings, including original documents, photographs, posters, maps and historical objects, giving a first-hand look at the lives of Arkansans during the war. The exhibit covers the chronology of the war as well as various facets of the conflict, such as training troops in Arkansas, actions overseas, the Home Front, providing for the war, healthcare and Arkansas heroes.
“I am very pleased that the Museum of Regional History is sharing The Great War: Arkansas in World War I with their visitors and community,” stated Dr. Lisa Speer, State Historian and the Arkansas State Archives’ Director. She continued, “This exhibit, created to commemorate the centennial anniversary of America’s entry into World War I, powerfully memorializes the impact this first modern, global war had on the 65 million who were mobilized, including the 70,000 soldiers from Arkansas.”
The Arkansas State Archives is located in Little Rock. It maintains the largest collection of historical materials on Arkansas in the world and is dedicated to collecting and preserving the documentary history of Arkansas. The State Archives also has two branch locations: the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives is located in Powhatan and the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives is located in Washington.
For more information about the exhibit at the Museum of Regional History, call 903-793-4831 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To schedule this exhibit at your institution, call the Arkansas State Archives at 501-682-6900 or email email@example.com. To learn more about the Arkansas State Archives and its collections visit http://archives.arkansas.gov. The agency recently changed its name from the Arkansas History Commission to the Arkansas State Archives when it became a part of the Department of Arkansas Heritage on July 1, 2016.
This exhibit is funded in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council, the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Museum of Regional History is operated by the Texarkana Museum System and offers traveling and permanent exhibits as well as monthly activities held on the first Saturday of each month. TMS includes the Discovery Place Children’s Museum, Ace of Clubs House Museum, and the P. J. Ahern Home. For more information, directions, or to see a calendar of upcoming events, please visit us on Facebook or our website, www.texarkanamuseums.org.