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"Research, Remembrances and Reflections of the Great War" exhibit to open February 18 in the Library Gallery

Friday, January 29, 2010

KU Libraries will soon unveil a new interdisciplinary exhibit on World War I. “Research, Remembrances and Reflections of the Great War” is the result of collaboration between the University of Kansas, Haskell Indian Nations University and the National World War I Museum.

The exhibit opening will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Thursday, February 18 in the Library Gallery on the third floor of Watson Library. The exhibit runs through April 2.

Items from the Cultural Center at Haskell Indian Nations University, recruitment posters from the Kansas Collection and maps, photos and letters from both the University Archives and the African American Collection in Spencer Research Library will be on display. Memoirs from the period will also be available to browse and borrow.

Sarah Goodwin Thiel, Chair of the Library Gallery Committee, said the exhibit would have a local slant. “Our exhibit will bring the Great War close to home by showcasing the war efforts of those here in the Lawrence area,” she said.

The exhibit will also feature electronic images from the Spencer Museum of Art's spring exhibition, “Machine in a Void: World War I and the Graphic Art”, which will run from March 5 through May 23, and from the collections of the National World War I Museum in Kansas City.

“KU Libraries created the Library Gallery to showcase scholarly endeavors from all over campus,” Goodwin Thiel said. “It’s with a real sense of pride that we pull together resources that highlight the scholarship underway at KU and through our partners.”

Dr. Steven Trout, KU alumni and English Department Chair at Fort Hayes University will make a presentation at the opening reception. Trout has written extensively about World War I and will discuss his most recent article, "The Western Front Comes to Kansas:  John Stuart Curry's The Return of Private Davis form the Argonne."

The exhibit opening is free and open to the public. RSVP to Courtney Foat at or 785-864-0970.

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