WW1 America: Resources

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

WW1 America: Resources

Learn more about WW1 America with MNHS collections, educational offerings and publications, which will be accessible through a new website at www.mnhs.org/WW1America.

WW1 Daybook
Daily posts during the centennial of America’s involvement in the war will feature MNHS collection items, including soldiers’ diaries and letters, government records, artifacts, local newspapers, publications and photographs.

MNHS holds many materials covering the efforts of Minnesotans during WW1, both at home and abroad. The State Archives include military service records, photographs and records regarding Minnesota’s war effort at home. MNHS also holds photographs, letters, diaries, newspapers, reminiscences, posters and war-related objects. A new WW1 library guide can help researchers navigate these resources.

A new primary source kit for use in grades 6-12 includes a curated set of primary sources supplemented with discussion questions and activity suggestions. Sources relate to the American experiences of war. In addition, a section of the MNHS education website will feature online resources, including digitized primary sources and teaching resources related to the exhibit themes and to broad social studies topics including suffrage, temperance, immigration, labor and the war itself.

MNHS Press Titles
MNHS Press offers “Alice in France: The World War I Letters of Alice M. O’Brien” by Nancy O’Brien Wagner (April 2017), the story of a young woman who forgoes a privileged life to volunteer for service in war-torn France. In addition, acclaimed newspaper reporter Curt Brown is working on a manuscript about Minnesota in 1918, due in 2018. Backlist titles include “Food Will Win the War” by Rae Eighmey and “Watchdog of Loyalty: The Minnesota Commission of Public Safety During World War I” by Carl Chrislock.

Discover an extensive list of WW1 articles with MNopedia, the free online encyclopedia of people, places, events and things relating to Minnesota history.

“Minnesota History” Magazine
Upcoming articles include “Anna Gilbertson and the Gold Star Mothers Pilgrimage after World War I” by Susan L. Schrader (Spring 2017) and “Loyalty within Racism: the Segregated Sixteenth Battalion of the Minnesota Home Guard During World War I” by Peter DeCarlo (Summer 2017). Plus explore the “Minnesota History” archive for stories about anti-German sentiment, how Minnesotans supplied food to win the war and WW1 shipbuilding in Duluth.