MN History Center

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102

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2017 Mar 30


WW1 America

WW1 America

The World War I era — 1914 to 1919 — was a transformational time for America. The nation emerged as a confident global superpower while deep divisions and conflict at home threatened to tear the nation apart.

This major new exhibit created by the Minnesota Historical Society opens during the centennial of America's involvement in WW1. Through original artifacts, images, voices, music, interactives and multimedia, WW1 America tells the extraordinary stories of Americans during a transformational era in our history.

  • Explore themes and major movements in depth — from immigration, racial politics, women's suffrage, the Great Migration, Prohibition and the 1918 influenza pandemic, to daily life and popular culture.
  • View dozens of original artifacts from museums around the country, including a WW1 machine gun, a deck chair from the RMS Lusitania, President Woodrow Wilson's hat and Houdini's handcuffs.
  • Discover stories of the legendary and unsung Americans who shaped our history, from pacifists to presidents.
  • Discover how the war transformed our nation into a world leader — at a time when our country was riven by divisions over citizenship, nationhood and identity that are strikingly relevant now.

Join us on April 8 to celebrate the opening of WW1 America. Stop by interactive stations to see artist David Geister paint the huge WW1 America mural, visit with costumed reenactors from the era, take part in an art activity for kids and listen to live music from the era.

Active military and veterans receive free admission, courtesy of Xcel Energy.


WW1 America Mural

An expansive mural inspired by the Pantheon de la Guerre will be created in front of visitors to the WW1 America exhibit.

Your input is needed to help place 100 figures in the 30-foot painting. Which five people most influenced the making of modern America and should be prominently featured?

Read the biographies and submit your nominations.

This exhibit is created by the Minnesota History Center in partnership with the National Constitution Center, the National World War One Museum, the Oakland Museum of California and the Bullock Texas State History Museum.

This exhibit is supported by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency. 


Funding for this exhibit is made possible by the Legacy Amendment, thanks to the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008, who have provided a gift to future generations.