Pennsylvania at War Commemorates two of the 20th century’s greatest conflicts, World War I and World War II, and explores their impact at home and across the globe, through stories and related artifacts from the collections of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC).
PHMC has incorporated the #PAatWar hashtag in our social media postings from the Pennsylvania Trails of History and The State Museum of Pennsylvania as we highlight PHMC events commemorating World War I and World War II. Through #PAatWar, we will share updates on exhibits, workshops and lectures posted by museums, historical societies and other organizations across Pennsylvania as they honor they 75th anniversary of the December 7, 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor and the centennial of America’s entrance into World War I.
We invite you to join PHMC and the #PAatWar hashtag campaign and tag your social media postings promoting your World War I and World War II events.
Pennsylvania At War programs:
Upcoming Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Exhibits
Pennsylvania At War: The Saga of the USS Pennsylvania
Launched shortly before the U.S. entered World War I and later damaged during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the USS Pennsylvania served as the flagship of the U.S.Navy. The State Museum presents a special exhibit chronicling the ship’s incredible witness to history. Including a model, the majestic centerpiece from the ship’s official silver service, uniforms and personal effects of crew members, the display commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the U.S. involvement in World War I and the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day. This exhibit will be on display through December 30, 2017.
Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the display and a Q&A with the curator who put it all together.
Pennsylvania At War: World War I Posters from the Pennsylvania State Archives
Pennsylvania At War: World War I Posters from the Pennsylvania State Archives will commemorate the anniversary of the U.S. involvement in World War I by exhibiting 23 vivid posters that represent three major themes of the Great War: the recruitment of members of the armed forces, the conservation food and other material essential to the war effort and the financing of the war through Liberty Loan drives. Offering a fascinating glimpse at how valued American symbols and ideals were used to mobilize the country for war in Europe, this display will open Sunday, April 2 at 2:00 PM at The State Museum of Pennsylvania.
Featured PHMC World Wars Commemoration Events
Join The State Museum of Pennsylvania for the opening of Pennsylvania At War: World War I Posters from the Pennsylvania State Archives at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 2. Richard Saylor, an archivist at The Pennsylvania State Archives and curator of the exhibit, will host tours during the opening of the display located on the first floor of the museum near the Pennsylvania At War: The Saga of the USS Pennsylvania exhibit. Refreshments will be served.
Join the Pennsylvania Military Museum at 1:30 PM on Saturday, April 8 as historian Mr. Philip Sauerlender discusses the “The Boal Troop in World War One,” the privately raised militia from Centre County who joined up with the National Guard of Pennsylvania to fight “Over There.”
Join living historians as they encamp on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Military Museum, demonstrating life on the Western Front during World War I. “The Great War Remembered: World War One” will run from 10 AM Saturday, April 22 through 5:00 PM April 23.
United States World War One Centennial Commission
The United States World War One Centennial Commission plans, develops and executes programs, project and activities aimed at commemorating the Centennial of World War I. The commission serves as lead organizer for the nation’s commemorative events.