|The Exclusive Opening will be held on Thursday, February 27. All Museum Members are invited to this early viewing.|
This new exhibit will commemorate the centennial of World War I, which began on July 28, 1914, with the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s declaration of war on Serbia. Dawn of the Great War will examine the earliest years of World War I, focusing on its causes and earlier battles as well as the new technology developed for the war. It will exhibit a wide variety of unique weapons, tools, and other artifacts from the major combatant countries as well as documents signed by some key players.
This is a one-year temporary exhibit in the Museum’s Rotating Gallery. The Museum’s Rotating Gallery provides a unique opportunity to area students as it is researched, designed, and completed by a student chosen from a local university. Under the direction of Curator of Exhibits and Research, Tim Howard, Dawn of the Great War is curated by Clayton Suter, who “chose World War I as the theme due to 2014 marking the War’s centennial, and because World War I’s impact continues to affect the world today, even though it ended nearly 100 years ago.” Suter is a history graduate student at Wichita State University.
As with all new exhibits, there will be a private unveiling for Museum members and special guests. This exclusive early viewing will be held on Thursday, February 27, and will feature tasty hors d’oeuvres from local businesses, as well as fun and educational activities for all ages. Please contact the Museum at 316.263.1311 for more information on Memberships and a free invitation to this unveiling.