From Western Front to Home Front: How WW1 Transformed America

For immediate release

Release dated: 
January 27, 2017
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen, Minnesota Historical Society 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org
Lauren Peck, Minnesota Historical Society 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org

From Western Front to Home Front: How WW1 Transformed America

‘WW1 America’ opens at the Minnesota History Center, April 8, 2017

The WW1 era—1914 to 1919—saw America transformed. The United States emerged as a confident global superpower while at home Americans grew more divided. Through original artifacts, images, voices, interactives and multimedia presentations, “WW1 America” will tell the extraordinary stories of Americans—both the legendary and the unsung—during this turbulent time and how this history can help us understand ourselves and our nation today.

“WW1 America” opens at the Minnesota History Center on April 8, 2017, on the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into WW1. After its opening run, the exhibit will begin a three-year tour to premier historical museums around the country. “WW1 America” is created by the Minnesota History Center in partnership with the National Constitution Center, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, the Oakland Museum of California and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.

This exhibit is offered in conjunction with a slate of public and educational programs, MNHS Press publications and a website.

  • Exhibit Opening
    The exhibit kicks off Friday, April 7, with a live stage show presented in partnership with Minnesota Public Radio at the Fitzgerald Theater. On Saturday, April 8, explore the exhibit, take in a history talk, a theatrical performance with comedian Kevin Kling, and a day of family activities including costumed reenactors, live music, storytelling and art activities. Some programs ticketed separately from exhibit admission. Check the online calendar for more information.
  • WW1 America Mural
    Minnesota artist David Geister will paint a huge mural in front of visitors during the run of the exhibit. At the same time, the public will vote on the position of 100 key Americans who were central to the making of post-WW1 America.
  • Companion website, educational resources and MNHS Press
    The exhibit website at www.mnhs.org/WW1America will provide a portal to MNHS resources including a “WW1 Daybook” based on the MNHS collections, educational offerings and an extensive list of MNHS Press books, “Minnesota History” magazine and MNopedia articles. Look for additions to the website this spring.

Content advisers include active-duty military and veterans, such as the American Legion and the Disabled American Veterans, organizations that are direct legacies of the American experience in WW1.

Exhibit and Program Support
“WW1 America” is produced in partnership with the National Constitution Center, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, the Oakland Museum of California and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Additional support is provided by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

Location, Hours and Admission
The Minnesota History Center is located at 345 Kellogg Blvd. W. in St. Paul. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays (admission is free on Tuesdays from 3 to 8 p.m.), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice. For more information, call 651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773.

Admission to “WW1 America” is included with regular History Center admission of $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and college students, $6 ages 5 to 17; free age 4 and under and MNHS members. Active military and veterans receive a $2 discount.

About the Minnesota History Center
The Minnesota History Center holds the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society. The History Center is home to an innovative museum, engaging public programs, a research library, distinctive gift shops and Market House by D’Amico restaurant.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.