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Showing April 6 - May 26

Over Here Americans at Home in World War I

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On April 6, 2019, the Mendocino County Museum will open a new special exhibition from the National ArchivesOver Here: Americans at Home in World War I. Because World War I was “total war,” the American home front was especially important to victory. Over Here: Americans at Home in World War I draws on the unparalleled holdings of the National Archives to capture the patriotic fervor of draft registration, the emotional good-byes of men leaving for training camps, the “ hoopla”  of Liberty Loan drives, the craze for volunteerism, and the violence of vigilantism. This exhibit runs through May 26, 2019. 

Over Here is divided into three themes:

  • Mobilizing the Nation – Modern warfare demanded not just soldiers on the front lines, pilots in the sky, and sailors on the high seas but guns, ships, and crops from America’s factories, shipyards, and fields.
  • Stirring Patriotic Passions – In a war that was often described as a “crusade,” emotion, pageantry, and performance were weapons. Along with the Federal Government, local, state, and national organizations produced a variety of events that aimed at stirring feelings of patriotic obligation among Americans and encouraging sacrifice, volunteerism, and national service.
  • Policing Enemies at Home – Nearly all home front photographs encouraged national unity and saluted patriotic work, but a much smaller number hint at some of the anti-German hysteria, political unrest, and social conflict that lurked behind the patriotic fervor of bond drives, pageants, and parades. They show government as well as private groups and vigilantes striking out against those suspected of disloyalty.

Click Here to Download Our WWI Exhibit Programming Flier

Share Your History on our World War I Veterans Honor Wall

Mendocino County Museum invites you contribute to our World War I Veterans Honor Wall. The Museum will provide cards to write on and push pins so that you can contribute and share.

Here are few ideas on how you can share...IMG_0787

  • Share your Veteran's name and hometown
  • Share which military branch they served with
  • Share a copy of a photo
  • Share a copy of a letter
  • Share interesting fact or history about your Veteran

 **No original photos or letters please**


Mendocino County: A Collector's Journey

New Acquisitions from Dusty Whitney

Mendocino County Museum will be opening Mendocino County a Collector’s Journey: The Dusty Whitney Collection on Saturday, April 6, 2019. This new exhibit located in the Museum’s main gallery, showcases items from the newly acquired Dusty Whitney Collection. View rarely seen artifacts, historic photos, Dr. Raymond Babcock’s WWI uniform, Skunk Train memorabilia, and items pertaining to beloved traditions of Mendocino County such as Fort Bragg’s Paul Bunyan Days, Willits’ Frontier Days, and more! Stay tuned for an expanded exhibit from the Dusty Whitney Collection this summer.

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