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New Exhibition at Mariner’s Museum Features Local WWI Stories and Artifacts
Submitted by Jenna Dill

MMWWI imageNEWPORT NEWS, VA – This Saturday, The Mariners' Museum and Park will open a new exhibition that commemorates the 100th anniversary of America's involvement in the "war to end all wars."

Answering America's Call: Newport News in World War I will feature artifacts, photographs, and documents relating to the camps located here in Newport News (Camp Hill, Camp Stuart, and Camp Alexander) as well as the critically important Animal Embarkation Depot and its counterpart in Saint-Nazaire, France. Stories will be told about how the community supported the war effort through Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company and numerous civilian agencies. The exhibition will also examine the construction of Hilton Village as a means of accommodating the large influx of shipyard workers into the area.

World War I was a transformational event and time period for Hampton Roads and the entire United States, marking the emergence of the U.S. as a major world power. Answering America's Call: Newport News in World War I will chronicle the transformation of Newport News — and by extension the country — as a result of the war. America's involvement in the war will be shown through primary sources, like personal letters, diaries, journals, and photographs of participants, including the men and women who served locally or who were shipped overseas through the Port of Embarkation.

When entering the exhibition, visitors eyes will immediately be drawn to the Victory Arch replica. As the focal point of the gallery, the arch represents the most iconic local emblem of Newport News and World War I and ties in the theme of the exhibit. The arch replica is approximately a quarter size of the arch in downtown Newport News and is simplified from the original. There are back-lit panels of WWI posters, including text about the exhibit, and a video screen with additional images that are not in the exhibit.

Members are invited to an exclusive opening reception on May 19. Exhibition related programming will be offered throughout the year, including a WWI Symposium on Saturday, June 23.  For more information about this new exhibition, or programs, please visit www.MarinersMuseum.org.

 





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