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World War I Comes to the Newberry

William Coffin Haskell
Joan of Arc Saved France
Newberry Case Wing oversize D522.25 .W67 1914 no. 1

The summer of 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. Chicago, Europe, and the Great War draws on the Newberry’s collection to tell the story of Chicago’s many and varied connections to the conflict. Chicagoans reported and commented on the war, fought in it, supported it, and protested against it. The items in this exhibit attest to the sheer scale of the “Great War” and Chicago’s place within it. The exhibit is accompanied by American Women Rebuilding France, 1917-1924, an exhibit that documents the work of hundreds of American women who left comfortable lives in the United States to volunteer humanitarian service in France during and after the conflict. The Franco-American Museum, Château de Blérancourt, in Picardy, created the exhibition of modern prints of vintage photographs drawn from their collections.

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