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Louisiana and The Great War
From Thursday 21 September 2017
To Saturday 09 June 2018

The Louisiana State Museum began building its World War I collection Aug. 10, 1920, when a freight train arrived in New Orleans with three carloads of war materiel from France. In gratitude for Louisiana’s support of the war effort, the French government donated uniforms, rifles, machine guns, grenades, gas masks, and trench tools to the Museum. This donation would serve as the foundation of an important collection, which expanded as Louisiana veterans began donating uniforms, weapons, battlefield souvenirs and other items. The best of this collection will be showcased in Louisiana and The Great War, opening at Capitol Park Museum in September 2017. This exhibition explores Louisiana’s role in the war from military and civilian mobilization to postwar memorialization. The anticipated list of artifacts includes a poster proclaiming “The Kaiser Is Canned,” a nurse’s uniform, a German trench periscope, an elaborate toy soldier set, and an oversized color photograph of French Marshal Ferdinand Foch, autographed by the commander during his 1921 visit to New Orleans.

Location 660 N 4th St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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