January 5 – March 20



2014-2018 marks the centennial of the Great War, World War I, “The War to End All Wars,” where the methods and weaponry of modern warfare were born and tens of millions of people were killed or maimed. The event destroyed empires and strengthened alliances and animosities that shaped the 20th century. In the view of many historians and artists, the war left the world’s people shaken and exhausted, cynical, and less certain of the future. Included in the exhibit are poems from the era compiled by Dr. Henry Hughes, as well as his and family artifacts.  This exhibit is augmented with period artifacts from the WOU Archives, such as the 1918 NORM sent to student soldiers and letters they sent back in response.



LOCATION: 3rd floor galleries
Curator: Library of Congress/SIRS