The Great War Through Hoosier Eyes
Jan. 14 to July 8
Rosemary McKee Lanham Gallery, History Center
When the U.S. entered the growing global war in 1917, the lives of millions of Hoosiers changed. Many opposed joining the conflict in Europe, while others supported it. Some Hoosiers traveled to France to serve as nurses or soldiers, while others supported the war effort from the home front. However the war affected them, many Hoosiers had one thing in common – they recorded what they experienced and, as a result, documented history.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I, a new exhibition, The Great War through Hoosier Eyes, examines the war through the lens of what Hoosiers left behind. IHS collections contain fantastic examples of letters, diaries, postcards, oral histories and historical sources that illustrate the personal side of The Great War.
The exhibition features original letters and diaries from the IHS collections that were written by Hoosier women, men and children. Postcards were also common during the war, and visitors will be able to examine reproductions of several dozen postcards saved by Hoosiers throughout the war. Visitors can also listen to audio clips of World War I veterans talking about their experiences in the war – everything from segregation at training camps to German spies in army hospitals.