More than 156,000 Missourians served in World War I, which saw both numerous advances in types of warfare used and new roles for women in the workforce. Though it has largely been overshadowed by World War II, WWI deeply affected American society, ushering in the “Roaring Twenties” and the enfranchisement of American women.
To help tell these stories, Christian County Library has partnered with OTC Richwood Valley Campus to bring the traveling history exhibit “Missouri and the Great War” to Christian County. The exhibit explores many aspects of World War I History through the lens of Missouri WWI Veterans and the thousands of individuals who actively contributed to the war effort from home.
As the Christian County Library continues to expand its local history resources and collections, “Missouri and the Great War” provides the Christian County Library an invaluable opportunity to engage the community about this tumultuous but transformational time in world history, as well as highlight and preserve Christian County’s unique contributions.
Christian County Library and OTC Richwood Valley Campus invite you to honor those who have served and contributed to American war efforts throughout history by viewing the exhibit and in turn, preserving their history. The exhibit will be on display Oct. 16–Nov. 11 in the atrium of the OTC Richwood Valley Campus. Building hours are 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. To schedule a tour of OTC Richwood Valley Campus during your visit, contact Director of Student Services, Dana Nickerson at (417) 447-7802.
The “Missouri and the Great War” exhibit is based on the online digital archive www.missourioverthere.org, a project of the Missouri Humanities Council. The exhibit was developed by the Missouri Humanities Council and the Springfield-Greene County Library District, with funding provided by the Missouri Humanities Council, Friends of Springfield-Greene County Library District, and the RDW Family and Community Fund.