For Home and Country: World War I

June 17 to October 7, 2018

The World War I years were a time of profound change. It was still a bit Victorian and yet the start of our modern society. After the United States declared war on Germany in 1917, local men enlisted or were drafted to save France from defeat, and many saw action overseas. While at home, life would never be the same for those left behind. 

This thought-provoking exhibition will transport you back to the World War I era through artifacts, photographs, and unique stories or incidents recorded by the local men and women who experienced them. Among the highlights of this exhibition, you can listen to the actual captivating letters sent home, and the compelling music that gripped and motivated the Nation. Visitors can virtually "step into their shoes" for an unbeliebable journey into this turbulent period.

Special Programs

Exhibition Premier
Sun, Jun 17, 1:00-3:00 pm

Come celebrate the exhibition opening during this public reception. Light refreshments will be served. The first 50 fathers to visit during this premier event will receive a special gift compliments of the Oshkosh Public Museum.

It Was All the Hell Anybody Wanted: Three Fox Valley National Guard Units in the Great War
Wed, Jul 18, 6:00 pm
When the United States declared war on Germany in April 1917, three National Guard units from Appleton, Fond du Lac, and Oshkosh became the 150th Machine Gun Battalion of the famous 42nd “Rainbow” Division. They saw action in France from February through November 1918. Brad Larson, Museum Director, shares their stories of triumph and sacrifice.

World War I for the Housewife and Family
Wed, Aug 15, 6:00 pm
WWI was unique in that an official rationing did not take place. Instead propaganda in many different forms played on U.S. citizen's patriotic duty to change their daily consumption of items for those overseas. And it worked! Debra Daubert, Curator of Exhibitions, explores the forms of propaganda that was used and the sacrifices that were made. Attendees can even sample altered wartime recipes.

Member Event
Wed, Sep 12, 5:30-7:00 pm

Museum Members are invited to join us for this exclusive event as Brad Larson, Museum Director, presents "The Great War for Humanity: Remembering" at 6 pm. In this presentation, Brad focuses on the individual stories of these brave men who were sent into battle in France through the armistice in November 1918. Not a member? Consider joining today!