The “Honoring Our History” Traveling World War I Exhibition will be in Grand Rapids at the Gerald R. Ford Museum on Monday, July 23 and in Muskegon at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum on Wednesday, July 25. The WWI Exhibition will be open free to the public and is designed to honor veterans, as well as raise awareness and contributions for cultural institutions as it travels to 75 cities across the county.
This unique traveling exhibition offers a free, interactive and educational experience designed by the National World War I Museum – the first and only American museum solely dedicated to preserving the artifacts, history and personal experiences of World War I. The World War I Exhibition features 66 artifacts, such as weapons, uniforms, posters and flags. In addition, visitors will experience the tight conditions of trench warfare, see the relatively primitive tools, weapons, equipment and uniforms, amid sounds and sights of war 100 years ago. The year-long tour honors the men and women who served in World War I and those who have since bravely served our country and protected our freedom.
Grand Rapids and Muskegon are the 58th and 59th stop on a 75-city tour. The WWI Traveling Exhibition will be in Grand Rapids and Muskegon for one-day only each. In addition, the WWI Exhibition will travel to another Michigan location in August (Aug 17-19: Brooklyn, MI, at the New Holland Fan Plaza at Michigan International Speedway).
GRAND RAPIDS, MI
Monday, July 23, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gerald R. Ford Museum. Located in the parking lot of the Gerald R. Ford Museum, 303 Pearl St, Grand Rapids, MI. Admission is free to the Traveling World War I Exhibition; admission to the Gerald R. Ford Museum is discounted to $5 per person on July 23.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at USS Silversides Submarine Museum. Located in the parking lot of the USS Silversides Submarine Museum, 1346 Bluff St, Muskegon, MI. Admission is free to both the World War I Exhibit and USS Silversides Submarine Museum.