The Great War: Arkansas in World War I, a traveling exhibit that tells the story of Arkansas’s role during World War I at home and on the battlefields will be displayed at the South Arkansas Community College Library at 300 Summit St. on Oct. 18-24. Admission is free.
The exhibit consists of 12 panels that showcase images from the Arkansas State Archives’ holdings, including original documents, photographs, posters, maps, and historical objects, giving a first-hand look at the lives of Arkansans during the war. The exhibit covers the chronology of the war as well as various facets of the conflict, such as training troops in Arkansas, actions overseas, the home front, providing for the war, health care and Arkansas heroes.
Barton Public Library and the SouthArk Library collaborated to bring this display to El Dorado.
“I am very pleased that Barton and SouthArk are sharing The Great War: Arkansas in World War I with their visitors and community,” stated Dr. Wendy Richter, the Arkansas State Archives’ director. “This exhibit, created to commemorate the centennial anniversary of America’s entry into World War I, powerfully memorializes the impact this first modern, global war had on the 65 million who were mobilized, including the 70,000 soldiers from Arkansas.”
The Arkansas State Archives is located in Little Rock. It maintains the largest collection of historical materials on Arkansas in the world and is dedicated to collecting and preserving the documentary history of Arkansas. The State Archives also has two branch locations: the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives is located in Powhatan and the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives is located in Washington.