“The Great War: Arkansas in World War I” will be displayed at Williams Baptist University’s Felix Goodson Library from October 10 through October 22. The free, traveling exhibit that tells the story of Arkansas’s role, at home and on the battlefields, during World War I.
The traveling 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, healthcare and Arkansas heroes.
“It is exciting to showcase Arkansas’s role during World War I, including training troops in Arkansas, actions overseas, the Home Front, providing for the war, healthcare and Arkansas heroes,” said Pamela Meredith, WBU’s director of library services. “We look forward to community visitors, including individuals and groups.”
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, located in Powhatan, Ark., and the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives, located in Washington, Ark.
This exhibit is funded in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council, the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The display is open to the public and free to view during regular operating hours, which are: Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. – midnight; Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – midnight; Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and Saturday noon – 4 p.m.
For more information, or to schedule a group tour, contact the Felix Goodson Library at (870) 759-4139.
Williams is a Christian, liberal arts college in Walnut Ridge, Ark. It will become Williams Baptist University in July of 2018.