Remembering World War I

By Ashley Stevens, Education Outreach Coordinator

Today, April 6, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I also known as “The Great War.” This war would thrust America into a war unlike any other.

To commemorate this anniversary, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission opened its new exhibit, Texans Take to the Trenches: The Lone Star State and the Great War. The new exhibit, open now through September 2017, highlights the Texan experience. From the efforts on the home front to the soldier’s experience to the unique experience of German-Texans, this exhibit features documents, photographs, and artifacts that tell this story.

Black and white image of soldier resting in a field. He holds a canteen in his hand.

Additionally, to accompany this exhibit, our Reference librarians and staff members unveiled the new World War I-themed “Featured Items” Collection. The collection draws from materials in TSLAC’s holdings. Please note some of the materials are non-circulating items.Photo of books in the World War I Centennial Featured Items Collection in the Texas State Library and Archives Commission's Reference Library.

To view the exhibit and check out our Featured Items collection, please visit us at 1201 Brazos Street, Austin, TX. We are open from Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm and the Second Saturday of every month from 9 am to 4 pm.

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