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5, August 2017

The Missouri National Guard Prepares for War

When the United States entered World War I, it had a standing army of fewer than 130,000 troops, with an additional 70,000 troops in the reserves. To put that in perspective, at the start of the war in 1914, Germany had a combined standing army and reserve force of 4.5 million. Read more »

6, April 2017

World War I: Missouri and the Great War

Today marks the centennial of America’s entry into World War I. Within months of the April 6, 1917, declaration of war, U.S. troops began arriving in France, factories across the nation started producing war material, and support began pouring in from the home front. Our newest exhibit, World War I: Missouri and the Great War, commemorates this significant portion of our collective history by exploring the wartime roles of Missourians and St. Louisans at home and overseas.  Read more »

19, August 2015

WWI Artifacts and Memories: “Chow” Time

William H. Danforth was born in Mississippi County, Missouri, in 1870. An ambitious man, in 1894 he founded the Purina Mills Company at age 24. A significant producer of animal feed, Purina Mills later expanded into breakfast cereals. After its cereals received an endorsement from Webster Edgerly, founder of the pseudo-health and social movement known as Ralstonism, Purina Mills renamed itself Ralston-Purina. The company experienced great success in the early 1900s, in large part due to World War I. Read more »

5, June 2015

World War I Artifacts and Memories: Charles Chouteau Johnson and the Lafayette Escadrille

As war raged across Europe between 1914 and 1917, the American military sat on the sidelines while the U.S. government sustained its policy of neutrality. However, a number of Americans volunteered for service in foreign armies. Among them was St. Louisan Charles Chouteau Johnson. He served in the famous Lafayette Escadrille, named in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette, hero of the American Revolution. Read more »