An 18-wheel “big rig” has been transformed into a mobile museum of the First World War. In July 2011 the travelling exhibition made the first of 75 planned stops at communities throughout the United States through next year. Along the way the gallery is partnering with museums of all types — including those focused on art, history, local culture, education and sports — to raise awareness of the Great War of 1914-1918, and to seek donations for the National World War I Museum, as well as for local museums and cultural institutions.
Dubbed the “Honoring Our History” tour, this unique traveling gallery presents a memorable multi-media experience of the First World War that will render this cataclysmic, pivotal period of human history personal and meaningful for those who come to see.
What visitors will find on display:
- 66 artifacts, such as weapons, tools, equipment, uniforms, flags, posters.
- A walk‐through trench that simulates the war environment.
- Videos and audio tracks.
- Headlines and historical descriptors.
- Authentic flight gear, including flight suit, goggles and a log book.
Among the many thousands of veterans who served in WW1 were Chauncey Waddell and Cameron Reed, who formed a partnership in 1937 to create Waddell & Reed, the mutual fund and financial planning firm that is co-sponsoring the exhibition. Firm executives hope the tour will raise $500,000 in voluntary donations to be divided equally between each local museum and the National World War I Museum, based in Kansas City, Mo.
“The Honoring Our History tour is such a simple, yet dramatic, way to share our World War I collection with the rest of the country,” says Brian Alexander, president and CEO of the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial. “It is especially important as the centennial of World War I approaches in 2014.”
About the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial is the only American museum solely dedicated to preserving the objects, history and personal experiences of a war whose impact still echoes today.
Designated by Congress as the United States’ official World War I Museum and located in downtown Kansas City, Mo., the museum aspires to make the experiences of the Great War era meaningful and relevant for present and future generations.
By combining interactive technology with one of the greatest collections of World War I artifacts anywhere in the world, the museum tells the story of the Great War through the eyes of those who lived it.
In 2010, some 133,000 people visited the museum in Kansas City.