Cobblestone Museum among the first to commemorate World War I anniversary
Photo by Tom Rivers
The Cobblestone Museum will show 20 to 25 propaganda posters that promoted American involvement in World War I, whether joining the service or buying war bonds. The posters are on loan from Hoag Library, which discovered about 100 posters while cleaning out the former Swan Library.
By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 March 2015
GAINES – It may have been “The Great War,” but World War I has been overshadowed by the second World War that followed about two decades later. The service and sacrifice in the first World War isn't fully appreciated locally or nationally, said Matt Ballard, interim director at the Cobblestone Museum and also the county historian.
The first World War started in Europe on July 28, 1914 and ended Nov. 11, 1918. The United States was reluctant to join the war, with a noninterventionist stance until the United States officially joined the Allies in 1917.
Many museums will likely have commemorative displays and exhibits about World War I in 1917, the 100th anniversary of the U.S. involvement. The Cobblestone Museum is preparing two exhibits this upcoming season about the war.
The museum is one of only 10 in the United States with World War I exhibits planned for this year, Ballard said.
That puts the local museum, a National Historic Landmark, at the forefront of highlighting the local involvement of a community in the war.