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“Good-Bye Broadway, Hello France: America in the Era of World War I” Exhibit Opening
In April of 1917, the United States officially entered World War I, a conflict once known as “the war to end all wars.” Unlike anything before it, World War I fundamentally changed the way in which war was fought and evolved the concept of diplomatic relations into what it is today. One hundred years later, the effects of World War I are more apparent than ever. On Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 3:00 p.m., the United States Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) will unveil the final installment of its World War I commemorative exhibit, “Good-Bye Broadway, Hello France: America in the Era of World War I.” USAHEC’s exhibit opening will occur in conjunction with the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission’s ceremony, happening the same day, and honoring the legacy of World War I and the United States of America’s pivotal role. The Centennial Commission’s event will be held at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO.
The first section of the exhibit, currently on display in USAHEC’s Ridgway Hall, provides an overview of the war. The second section will highlight the numerous battles that occurred in World War I and the stories of the Soldiers who fought in them. Artifacts, photographs, and archival materials will help tell these stories and create an in-depth and engaging battlefield landscape. During the exhibit opening, World War I reenactors will be onsite to further immerse visitors into the lives of these Soldiers and to answer questions about this critical period of American history. The exhibit will also examine how the birth of new technologies, such as machine guns, tanks, poison gas, artillery, and aircraft, were integral in both influencing the outcome of the war and increasing the utter devastation it caused.
The second phase of “Good-Bye Broadway, Hello France” will open at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017, and is free and open to the public. After experiencing both parts of the exhibit, feel free to visit the many other exhibits featured at USAHEC, including “The Soldier Experience” and “Treasures of USAHEC.” Visitors can also grab lunch at Café Cumberland, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., or browse the book selection found at the Museum Store. Parking is free, and the USAHEC facility is handicapped accessible. For more information about “Good-Bye Broadway, Hello France” or any of the other exhibits, please visit our website: www.USAHEC.org.