Written by JM Wasko
Help us celebrate our exhibition World War I Beyond the Trenches during the sunny months with Centennial Summer! Families can meet Living Historians portraying different people from the home- and warfronts of the United States one hundred years ago on Centennial Saturdays. Every week until September 2—except for our special American Revolution-themed Independence Day Weekend—you can discover the uniforms of army doughboys, run into a famous leader, or march with suffragists!
So far, various US soldiers from the war have been stationed at the Museum, including the African American soldiers you might know as the Harlem Hellfighters. They were represented by reenactors from the Ebony Doughboys and will be back on June 24! All of our Living Historians have taught us a lot about the important tools and equipment soldiers used in the First World War.
But soldiers weren’t the only ones that contributed to the war effort. Even Thomas Edison stopped by to tell us what he was up to 100 years ago!
If you haven’t made it to the Museum for Centennial Saturday yet, you still have plenty of chances to meet WWI soldiers throughout the rest of the summer. Better yet, we have some special appearances planned!
Next Saturday, June 17, a 100-year-old truck is coming to town! The 1918 Dodge Light Repair Truck was a mobile mechanical medic for broken-down cannons and tanks in the Great War. Only a handful of them have stuck around until 2017, and this is the only day you get to see it! Wondering what else makes it special? You’ll have to stop by the Museum to take a look inside for yourself.
After that, you won’t want to miss your chance to meet the commander of US soldiers in WWI, General John J. Pershing, on July 8. (His horse won’t be here, but that just means he can focus all of his attention on answering your questions!)
Soon, you’ll have the chance to march with suffragists on select days in July and August! Just keep an eye on our Family Calendar for updates about each Centennial Saturday’s special theme so you don’t miss your chance to visit 1917! See you at the Museum!
Images courtesy of N-YHS, Kevin Fitzpatrick, and David Shuey.