In commemoration of the Armistice ending the First World War on November 11, 1918, there is a display on the first floor of the Stapleton Library. On exhibit are artifacts, memorabilia, photographs, posters, and publications from World War I, 1914–1918, depicting the front line and the home front.
Many of the items on display are part of the IUP Special Collections and University Archives, including the personal belongings of artist Milton Bancroft (1866–1946) and Effie Shields, who were in France during the war; a scrapbook depicting student life at Indiana Normal School from 1917–1919, including the 1918 influenza epidemic; and rare publications such as Stars and Stripes and a wartime message from President Woodrow Wilson.
Special thanks must go to Dr. Michael M. Williamson, professor of English, who has loaned many materials for this exhibit, including publications, a World War I gas mask, and a medic’s kit and helmet.
The World War I display will be available until January. To learn more about the First World War, visit the IUP Libraries.
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