St. Louis Public Library commemorates the centenary of America's official involvement in the First World War, with the new exhibit, “ World War I: My Fellow Soldiers, “ on display until August 19 at Central Library, 1301 Olive Street.
A global conflict of unprecedented destruction and staggering loss of human life, the United States' participation led the Allies to victory and transformed our nation into an indisputable leader on the world stage.
The exhibit features:
- Love letters between Gen. John J. “Black Jack” Pershing and Micheline Resco
- Drawing and paintings by prisoners of war held in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia
- An American solider’s summer uniform
- Wall murals including photographs, letters and timeline
- Posters recruiting men for armed services, fundraising to pay for the war and highlighting efforts on the home front
- The Salvation Army “Doughnut Lassies” history and uniform
St. Louis Public Library holds a vast collection of materials from the era – photographs, postcards, posters and periodicals – that viewed together help shed light on this world-altering historical event. Items on display examine a number of themes, such as the creation of a modern military, the expansion of the federal government, civilian participation at home and the changing roles of women and minorities.
In addition to our own collections, we are pleased to feature correspondence from the Donald Smythe collection of Micheline Resco materials, provided by the Jesuit Archives of the Central United States.
Also on display are items on loan from The Salvation Army Central Territory Historical Museum and Marian Steen and Rick Knox.
Support for the exhibit provided by the St. Louis Public Library Foundation.