Good-Bye Broadway, Hello France: America in the Era of World War I
On display April 6, 2017 – November 11, 2019
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The final installment of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center’s World War I commemorative exhibit, Good-Bye Broadway, Hello France, opens on April 6, 2017 and will continue through November 11, 2019. Featuring the experiences of Soldiers who served during “the war to end all wars,” the exhibit tells their stories using artifacts, photographs, and archival materials. The exhibit seeks to immerse the visitor into World War I settings that our Soldiers experienced. The exhibit is located in the recently completed expansion of the Visitor and Education Center that Army Heritage Center Foundation funded.
Providing a different view of WWI is a photo exhibit on the Bridge Deck of Ridgway Hall. Together both installments provide a Soldier’s view set within the larger context of World War I.
Good-Bye Broadway, Hello Francewas the name of a song composed by Billy Baskette and performed by The AmericaQuartet. The song reached the top of the charts in the United States in 1917 and 1918. The record’s cover art featured American General John J. Pershing and French Marshal Joseph Joffre shaking hands across the ocean. The Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower stand in the background. The song was written to lift the nation's spirit and fight off fatigue and worry by promoting the American war effort in Europe. It also inspired Irving Berlin's 1918 hit, "Goodbye, France," a song about leaving France to return to the United States.
Images from the Ridgway Hall exhibit Good-Bye Broadway, Hello France
American Soldiers celebrating after the Armistice was announced, November 11, 1918.
Good-Bye Broadway, Hello France, Phase Two– Coming Soon in the Visitor and Education Center
Images of World War I Component of the Soldier Experience Gallery
The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) makes available contemporary and historical materials related to strategic leadership, the global application of Landpower, and U.S. Army Heritage to inform research, educate an international audience, and honor Soldiers, past and present.
Visit the World War I exhibit and others at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC). The Center is open to the public, and parking and admission are free during business hours: Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Additional exhibits currently on display at USAHEC include:
- The Soldier Experience Gallery; this exhibit is a showcase of USAHEC’s artifacts and Soldier Stories focusing on the Spanish American War through Current Operations, with an enhanced section on the Vietnam War.
- Treasures of USAHEC; this exhibit highlights items within USAHEC’s collection that are distinctive in nature or provide a unique perspective on the history of the U.S. Army.
- Army Heritage Center Foundation Sponsored Sleepless Nights – Korean War Veteran John A. Cook’s “Midnight Drawings”, this exhibit of drawings were created to combat Cook’s PTSD from service as a Sergeant in Company G, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division during 1950 and 1951.
- The Army Heritage Trail; a mile long interactive outdoor trail with macro exhibit components spanning from the French and Indian War period to Current Operations. Examples include a replica of Redoubt #10 from the Battle of Yorktown, Winter Civil War Cabins; WWI trench, WWII Barracks, and HESCO Bastion barrier checkpoint, along with several pieces of military equipment.
For additional information about USAHEC, its exhibits, educational programs, or performing historical research onsite, please go to www.usahec.org. Also included onsite are a museum store and café.