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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 »

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 »