MINNEAPOLIS – The WW1 era—1914 to 1919—saw America transformed. The United States emerged as a confident global superpower, while at home Americans grew more divided. Through original artifacts, images, voices, interactives and multimedia presentations, “WW1 America” will tell the stories of Americans—both the legendary and the unsung—during this turbulent time.
“WW1 America” opens at the Minnesota History Center on April 8, on the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into WWI. After its opening run, the exhibit will begin a three-year tour of premier historical museums around the country. “WW1 America” was created by the Minnesota History Center in partnership with the National Constitution Center, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, the Oakland Museum of California and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.
This exhibit is offered in conjunction with a slate of public and educational programs, MNHS Press publications and a website.
The exhibit kicks off Friday, April 7, with a live stage show presented in partnership with Minnesota Public Radio at the Fitzgerald Theater. On Saturday, April 8, explore the exhibit, take in a history talk, a theatrical performance with comedian Kevin Kling, and a day of family activities including costumed reenactors, live music, storytelling and art activities. Some programs ticketed separately from exhibit admission. Check the online calendar for more information.
WW1 America Mural
Minnesota artist David Geister will paint a huge mural in front of visitors during the run of the exhibit. At the same time, the public will vote on the position of 100 key Americans who were central to the making of post-WW1 America.
The exhibit website at www.mnhs.org/WW1America will provide a portal to MNHS resources including a “WW1 Daybook” based on the MNHS collections, educational offerings and an extensive list of MNHS Press books, “Minnesota History” magazine and MNopedia articles. Look for additions to the website this spring.
The Minnesota History Center is located at 345 Kellogg Blvd. W. in St. Paul. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays (admission is free on Tuesdays from 3 to 8 p.m.), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice. For more information, call 651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773.
Admission to “WW1 America” is included with regular History Center admission of $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and college students, $6 ages 5 to 17; free age 4 and under and MNHS members. Active military and veterans receive a $2 discount.
Minnesota Historical Society
345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102