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World War I: Lessons & Legacies: Exhibit & Resources

Exhibit & Resources

     Jefferson College Library has created an in-house exhibit of materials to allow visitors to learn more about World War I and the participation of the United States of America in this significant early Twentieth Century conflict. Books, films, and Government Documents compliment the traveling exhibit provided by Smithsonian. Stop by the Jefferson College Library in Hillsboro to view the exhibit, check-out materials, and learn more. This guide also contains many resources, including the  digital version of the exhibit.


Harlem Hellfighters- 369th Infantry Regiment

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World War I: Lessons & Legacies: Smithsonian Poster Exhibit

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World War I: Lessons and Legacies Educators' Guide

Reproduction, including downloading of Jacob Lawrence and Paul Colin's works, is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


Educators, schools, and museums are invited to download this free poster exhibition from Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Printed copies have all been distributed, but requestors will still receive the digital files to print the poster exhibit themselves.

In honor of America's entry into "The War to End All Wars" in 1917, World War I: Lessons and Legacies will explore the war and its lasting impact and far-reaching influence on American life. Sparked by the assassination of one man, the war eventually included the forces of the world's major industrial powers (over 18 countries) and ended with millions dead. Beyond the countries involved and people affected, World War I gave rise to significant and enduring changes in America. Wartime technologies and medical advances resulted in new industries and novel ways to fight disease and treat disability. The roles that women and minorities filled in the war led to the right to vote for women and a raised consciousness of civil rights issues throughout society. From the Great Migration to the 1918 flu pandemic and from the unionization movement to women's suffrage, World War I led to pivotal changes in America's culture, technology, economy, and role in the world. It redefined how we saw ourselves as Americans and its legacy continues today.

This exhibition is provided by Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). For more information, please contact SITES Poster Coordinator, Stephanie McCoy-Johnson at or 202.633.3105

Armistice Day Stock Footage

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“American troops in London’s great Victory Parade passing through the Admiralty Arch.” Aug. 17, 1919.

“American soldiers, with a sprinkling of poilus, parading the streets of Paris in an American Army truck to express their joy over the war’s end.” Dec. 8, 1918.

“Men and women of all classes of society joining in uproarious demonstrations, cheering, singing and flag waving in the Place de la Concorde, Paris.” Dec. 12, 1918.

“Paris boy views the celebration of the signing of the armistice in the Place de la Concorde from the retroussé nose of a German trophy." Dec. 8, 1918.

“Paper carpeted streets that suggested midwinter near City Hall Park.” Nov. 21, 1918.

“Crew of the U.S.S. Calumet, a submarine patrol, rejoicing at victory on returning to the Brooklyn Marine Base from duty at sea.” Nov. 17, 1918.

“No traffic disturbed the peace celebrations in Fifth Avenue Monday. The broad thoroughfare was compact of jubilant humanity, as shown in this photograph, and gay with banners.” Nov. 17, 1918.

Armistice Day- November 11

November 11, 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I.

"Armistice Day, the forerunner of Veterans Day, was proclaimed in 1919 to commemorate the termination (at 11 AM on Nov. 11, 1918) of World War I. On the first anniversary of the truce, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation eulogizing fallen Allied soldiers and referring to November 11 as Armistice Day. It became a holiday in the U.S., France, Great Britain, and Canada. The holiday acquired its present name (Veterans Day) and broadened significance in the U.S. in 1954. In Canada it is known as Remembrance Day, and in Great Britain, as Remembrance Sunday. - “Veterans Day.” Issues & Controversies in American History. Infobase Learning, Web. 9 Nov. 2018.