World War I Exhibit to Open at Cushing Library Sept. 18

Marketing and Communications | August 26, 2013

Texas A&M University Libraries will open an exhibit commemorating World War I on Sept. 18, 2013, at Cushing Memorial Library and Archives. “The Great War: Memories of Service and Sacrifice, A World War I Exhibit Featuring the Aggie Experience” will display an American Red Cross diary, a 1915 Christmas truce letter, posters, artifacts and books from the Ragan Military History Collection at Cushing Library.

An enlarged image of the tattered Gold Star service flag that most prominently captures the World War I Aggie experience will also be exhibited. Part of a national tradition that began with World War I, the service flag contains approximately 2,000 maroon stars honoring those Aggies who served, and 50 gold stars memorializing those Aggies who gave their lives in the war. A commemorative Texas A&M “Gold Book” pamphlet printed in 1919 to pay tribute to these Aggie servicemen will also be on display.

“We are delighted to mount this exhibit which documents the experience of those involved in World War I—American, British, French, and German participants alike. Through books, diaries, letters, photographs and other artifacts, it will reveal something of life in the trenches and on the home front. Central to the exhibit is our recognition of those Aggies who fought and died in the war,” explained Dr. Larry Mitchell, director of Cushing Library who is mounting the exhibit.

An opening reception for invited guests at 5:30 p.m., Sept. 17, will launch the exhibit and precede theme-related scholarly events. Hosted by departments in the College of Liberal Arts, these interdisciplinary events will highlight the upcoming centennial of the start of World War I in 1914.

Following the reception, at 8:00 p.m. the Department of Performance Studies will hold a performance of Journey’s End, a 1928 play by R. C. Sheriff about World War I. The performance will take place in the Black Box Theatre in the Liberal Arts and Humanities Building. The play will run Sept. 12-13 and 17-21.

A major international conference, “1914 and the Making of the 20th Century,” hosted by the Department of History will take place Sept. 17-19. The conference will explore the extraordinary global legacies of World War I from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The World War I exhibit is open to the general public and will run until August 2014. For more information on the exhibit, contact Melissa Zajicek or call Cushing library at 979.845.1951.

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For more information: contact Charlene Clark, Texas A&M University Libraries; 979.862.4233 or charleneclark@library.tamu.edu