The State Museum opened A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State in the First World War on April 15. On display through June 3, 2018, the exhibition explores New York’s role in World War I and features artifacts, images, posters, and documents from the collections of the State Museum, State Archives, State Library, and cultural institutions from across the state.
The exhibition is organized into six distinct areas covering New York’s participation in the war both at home and on the warfront, and features a life-size recreation of a trench on the Western Front. In addition, the Museum will offer an online exhibition featuring an interactive World War I timeline and a teacher’s guide (to be launched later this spring) and an exhibition catalogue (to be published by SUNY Press in December 2017).
New York State and its citizens played a critical role in the United States’ efforts during World War I. By the end of the war, the Empire State would lead in the number of soldiers, tonnage of supplies, and money raised to support America’s efforts.
While New York’s contributions surpassed other states, its citizens were hardly united in their opinions about the conflict. By interweaving the story of New York in “The Great War” and utilizing artifacts and the posters of the era, the exhibition presents a comprehensive examination of how these issues were faced, and of the importance of the state’s contributions.
The public is invited to attend an opening reception for A Spirit of Sacrifice on Sunday, April 23 from 1 to 3 pm. The program includes a reception with light refreshments at 1 pm, followed by a guided tour of the exhibition at 2 pm.
The New York State Museum is located at 222 Madison Avenue, Albany. For more information, visit their website.