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The Smithsonian in World War I

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Across the nation, public institutions like museums, universities, and government facilities showed the impact of World War One. Not only did private individuals find their lives changed by enlisting to fight or taking on new "war work," but buildings and public spaces also changed by shifting over to the war cause. This collection reveals how life at the Smithsonian Institution changed in order to support the war effort from 1914-1918 through artifacts and archival materials.

Questions to consider:

-How do Americans sacrifice during wartime? Has it changed over time?

-How did the Smithsonian Institution and its employees adapt during wartime?

-What does the experience chronicled here tell us about that of other Americans? What is still missing?

Tags: WWI, World War One, homefront, war work, Smithsonian, museum