Wayne County in World War 1


The year-long 2017 exhibit, Wayne County in World War 1, honors the involvement and sacrifices of Wayne Countians during a pivotal moment in history. The exhibit will be on display until the end of October 2017 in the Kister Building. This exhibit is the creation of the Society’s Military Committee and will show an extensive collection of military weapons of the era, stories from a number of local soldiers and civilians, the papers and memorabilia of Colonel Frank C. Gerlach, and showcase the artwork of over 25 vintage WW1 posters.

Artistically the World War One era propaganda posters are very interesting. Many of them have a naive, romantic and idealized quality, which drastically differed from the photography-influenced, somber and more reality-driven, styles of the Second World War. There are Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and even impressionist influences in many of the WW1 posters as it was a fertile artistic era and reflected the tastes of the audience at that time. Some of the posters in the collection are really unusual. They are glimpses of aspects of the war at home which are rarely seen and a window into the lives of the American people.

Our entire campus will be open for guided tours during our regular hours:

MAR 17th thru OCT 31st

Fridays 1PM to 4PM
Saturdays 1PM to 4PM