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"Lest We Forget" explores the United States involvement in World War I

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SOURCE Pritzker Military Museum & Library

Official exhibit of the U.S. World War I Centennial now open

CHICAGO, Jan. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pritzker Military Museum & Library's new original exhibit, Lest We Forget: Sailors, Sammies and Doughboys Over There in WWI, explores the experiences of those who served in World War I and the role the United States played in ending the first truly global conflict. The exhibit features photographs, maps, posters, rare books, artifacts and video footage from the era and a robust audio tour. It is an official exhibit of the United States World War I Centennial.

LEST We FORGET: Sailors, Sammies and Doughboys Over There in World War I. These United States, French and British infantrymen were taking a rest from searching for German troops in a recently-captured part of the Argonne Forest during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. United States Signal Corps, 1918, Photograph.

The Lest We Forget exhibition draws upon the Museum & Library's large collection of World War I items such as trench art, letters and propaganda posters.  In addition, images from the National Archives, the American Battle Monuments Commission and items from the World War I battleship USS Olympia and the Illinois State Military Museum are featured. The Museum & Library is the founding sponsor of the United States World War One Centennial Commission and works with the commission to develop programs and materials commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Great War.

"More than 116,000 men and women from the United States lost their lives during World War I and this exhibit will help encourage today's Americans to commemorate their service," Terry Hamby, Chair, World War One Centennial Commission.

Learn more about Lest We Forget: Sailors, Sammies and Doughboys Over There in World War I by visiting www.pritzkermilitary.org/WWI

About the Pritzker Military Museum & Library

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library is open to the public and is a center where citizens and service members come together to learn about military history and affairs. The Museum & Library is a non-partisan, non-government information center supported by its members and sponsors.

About the United States World War One Centennial Commission
The Commission was established by the World War I Centennial Commission Act, passed by the 112th Congress and signed by President Barack Obama on January 16, 2013, and is responsible for planning, developing and executing programs, projects, and activities to commemorate the centennial of World War I. To learn more about the Commission activities, visit ww1cc.org.


Megan Williams, Director of External Affairs

mwilliams@pritzkermilitary.org, 312.374.9333


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