Museum Exhibits Commemorate World War I
Titled "Lafayette, We Are Here!" the current special exhibit at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum commemorates the 90th anniversary of fighting in Europe with original words of art, posters, photographs and artifacts.
Drawing on the extensive art collection of the U.S. Army Center of Military History, the exhibition features original lithographs and etchings created by artists such as George Harding and Kerr Eby.
"Their work provides a unique window on the battle landscape in France during 1918," says Dr. John Duvall, museum director and historical curator.
The exhibit also features original posters from 1917 to 1919. These posters exhorted Americans to support the war by enlisting, buying war bonds, conserving scarce resources and working in war industries.
"In effect, this was an age of mass government propaganda," says Duvall. "Posters were of special importance for educating the public and promoting civic action."
Nearby, at the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum, a rotating exhibit focuses on the World War I veterans of Fayetteville and Cumberland County as well as activities at home supporting the war effort.
A large collection of allied and enemy artifacts and weapons are on display.
"The exhibit profiles local veterans who served, those that distinguished themselves by being awarded decorations for bravery, and those that were killed in action," says Bruce Daws, historic properties manager, City of Fayetteville.
The exhibit was planned in partnership with the 82nd Airborne Museum on Fort Bragg.
The Airborne & Special Operations Museum is located at 100 Bragg Blvd, Fayetteville. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday,and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.asomf.org for information.
The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum is located at 325 Franklin Street, Fayetteville, and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
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