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A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State in the First World War


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a spirit of sacrificeA companion catalog to the New York State Museum exhibition of the same name, Aaron Noble’s new book A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State in the First World War (SUNY Press, 2017) documents the statewide story of New York in World War I through the collections of the New York State Museum, Library, and Archives.

Within the collections are the nearly 3,600 posters of the Benjamin W. Arnold World War I Poster Collection at the New York State Library. The book interweaves the story of New York in the Great War with some of these posters, and artifacts from museums, libraries, and historical societies from across New York State, to illuminate the involvement of New Yorkers in the War. Continue reading

Postal History of World War One Program in Ticonderoga


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wwi postageThe Ticonderoga Historical Society has invited the public to a free program focusing on the Postal Service in World War One, on Friday, November 3 at 7 pm. Featured speaker will be Glenn Estus, President of the Vermont Philatelic Society.

As part of the overall support for U.S. Entry into World War One, The United States Post Office Department participated in efforts to help raise funds. One method included cancelling mail with slogans that encouraged Americans to buy Liberty Loans. The United States was not alone in this effort, and this program will also show how allied nations such as Canada, Newfoundland, UK, New Zealand, and Australia undertook similar programs. Continue reading

Columbia County in WWI Exhibition to Open Saturday


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invest in the victory liberty loan posterThe Columbia County Historical Society will honor the 100th anniversary of the United States entering the First World War with a special exhibition focusing on WWI’s profound impact on industry and culture in Columbia County – Supreme Sacrifice: Columbia County in World War I. The exhibition will open to the public and commence with a celebratory wine and cocktail reception, on Saturday, October 21 from 4 to 6 pm at the CCHS Museum Gallery in Kinderhook.

Supreme Sacrifice: Columbia County in World War I explores experiences of County citizens both home and abroad, and investigates larger cultural and economical ramifications caused by the Great War on local life. More than 8,300 men and women from Columbia County registered to serve in some capacity during WWI, with over 1,100 seeing active service abroad, and among which there were at least 95 casualties. Continue reading

A Unique Memorial To A Fallen World War One Soldier


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Morgan S. Baldwin 1915 Cornell YearbookHe was undoubtedly the first victim of the first World War whose name I learned. As a freshman at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, I would lower my stress levels by walking. I traipsed around the expansive campus, but I’d also venture onto city streets. I discovered that near the stately Llenroc mansion (built to be the home of Cornell founder, Ezra Cornell – though he never lived there), there was an impressive stone staircase, with a large terrace that was a perfect spot for looking down on “the bustling town” (as the Cornell anthem calls the city). A plaque identified the structure as a memorial for Morgan Smiley Baldwin, a 1915 graduate of Cornell, whose body lay “where he fell at Boni-France, September 29th, 1918.”

For years, this was what I knew about Baldwin. I assumed – as probably others have – that “Smiley” was a nickname, but it turns out it was his given middle name (his mother’s maiden name was Smiley). I did learn that the stairway had been erected by his aggrieved father. We are in the midst of the centennial of the “Great War,” and I decided to take a fresh look at Baldwin’s story. Continue reading

World War I Exhibition Opens At NYS Museum


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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).  Continue reading

Unpacking Long Island’s Support For World War One


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Chancellor Von Bethmann-Hollweg“New York State has prepared for war.” The headlines of the South Side Signal for April 6, 1917 announced the entry of the United States into conflict. “Local War Notes,” a new feature (later, simply, “War Notes,”) would chronicle Long Island developments through armistice.

On April 6th , it was announced, that, among other news items, Edwin N. Post, R.N. had been appointed head of the enrolling party for the naval reserves, establishing recruiting headquarters over Smith and Salmon’s drugstore in Babylon village. Recruits thronging to Babylon village, seventeen had already enrolled at Sayville and another fifteen at Bay Shore. Legislation had been introduced to increase the size of the naval militia, allow the state to appropriate lands, and expand punishments to those showing disrespect to the flag. Continue reading

WWI Centennial Themed Tour, Reenactor at Staatsburgh Saturday


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ww1 reenactorTo mark the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I in April 1917, Staatsburgh State Historic Site will offer a theme tour, “World War I & the End of the Gilded Age.” The 90-minute tour, led by an interpreter in period clothing, is offered on Saturday, April 8, at 1 pm.

The site also has on view an exhibit focusing on Ogden Livingston Mills, son of Staatsburgh’s residents, Ruth and Ogden Mills, who chose a life of public service, including service in the Great War. Focusing on his wartime activities and political career, the exhibit also features a silver tray given to his parents, Ruth and Ogden Mills, by General Pershing, to thank them for billeting American officers in their Paris home during the war. Continue reading

Lecture: Metropolitan Hospital Goes to WWI


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Wounded Soldiers Arrive at Base Hospital 48The Roosevelt Island Historical Society will host a free lecture on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm, “Metropolitan Hospital Goes to the Great War” by Judith Berdy, President Roosevelt Island Historical Society, at the New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island .

The wounded and dying soldiers on the battlefields of the Great War required a new level of medical care. Roosevelt Island’s Metropolitan Hospital played a role as one of a number of American hospitals that sent doctors, nurses and other staff members to run base hospitals in Europe during World War I. Continue reading