The Great War: A Centennial Remembrance
2014 marks the hundredth year since the outbreak of World War I. Special Collections curator Kristi Young and BYU professor Robert Freeman collaborated to put together a stunning exhibition commemorating the anniversary.
The exhibit, located in Special Collections on the first floor of the library, features journals, weapons, uniforms, photographs, posters, and a stereoscope with slides from university collections.
The small travel diary of a typist stationed in Paris tell of sightseeing, hotels, and uncomfortable train rides, while a headphone station nearby allows you to listen to a veteran telling stories from his service.
Track star and BYU hall of famer Clinton Larson served in World War I in a special squadron tasked with maintaining troop morale. He competed for the US in the Inter-Allied Games in France in 1919, winning a gold medal in the high jump. The exhibit contains several items of Larson’s clothing, and information about his service during the war.
Take time to explore, contemplate, and imagine life during this dramatic period of modern history.
The exhibit will be on display until Spring 2015.