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Allen Memorial Medical Library, 11000 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland
OH
USA
44106
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artsci.case.edu/dittrick

The Dittrick Medical History Center explores the history of medicine through museum artifacts, archives, rare books collections, and images. The Dittrick is an interdisciplinary study center in the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, but we are open to the general public and charge no admission.

The Dittrick holds a large collection of photographs and records documenting the history of the Lakeside Unit, the first U.S. medical unit to go overseas in 1915. The museum has created a website about the Lakeside Unit. In Spring 2016 the Museum will mount an exhibit about the Unit's "mock" mobilization in Philadelphia (this is featured on the website) in conjunction with a lecture entitled "Feeding War: Gender, Health, and the Mobilized Kitchen in WWI Germany".  In Spring 2017 an exhibit will be mounted about the Unit's mobilization to Rouen, France (Base Hosp. 4) after the US entered the war.

 
950 Soldiers Dr
Carlisle
PA
USA
17013

Includes exhibits from the First World War, along with other U.S. wars.  Entrance is on Army Heritage Dr.

Visitor and Education Center:
Monday - Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, 12 noon to 5 pm

 
 
371 Airport Road
Bethel
PA
USA
19507
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http://www.goldenageair.org/

In Berks County at Grimes Airport

Refer to the museum's event calendar on the web

WW1 aircraft
1916 Sopwith Pup
1917 Rumpler C.V
1918 Curtiss JN4D "Jenny"
1918 Fokker Dr I Triplane

 

Roosevelt Little White House

          
401 Little White House Road
Warm Springs
GA
USA
31830
The Georgia home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, U.S. President during World War II.  Roosevelt first came to Warm Springs in 1924, hoping to find in the area’s warm springs a cure for the polio (infantile paralysis) that had struck him in 1921.  He built the Little White House in 1932 while governor of New York, came here often on retreat during his presidency, and died in the home on April 12, 1945.  Roosevelt served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Navy in the Wilson Administration, and was a forceful advocate for U.S. entry into World War I, putting him at odds with many of his administration colleagues.
 

Fort Screven

          
Meddin Drive at Tybee Light
Tybee Island
GA
USA
31328
http://visittybee.com/what-to-see-and-do/attractions/fort-screven/

Photos courtesy of Lamar Veatch

     In 1786, the Georgia Legislature approved the creation of a fort on Cockspur or Tybee Island, to be named in honor of Revolutionary War hero General James Screven. The fort was never built by the state, but in 1808 the property fell under the jurisdiction of the Federal government as the Fort Screven Reservation.

     In 1855, the government approved building Fort Screven on the north end of Tybee to provide modern coastal defense. Six poured-concrete, low-profile gun batteries (named for war heroes) and a minefield were ordered for Tybee along with hundreds of other military buildings. From 1897 to 1947 the fort was an integral part of America’s Coastal Defense system. Troops stood guard on Tybee through the Spanish American War of 1898, World War I and World War II. The Fort was closed in 1947 and sold to the City of Tybee and tourism returned as a major part of Tybee’s history. By the 1950s many of the fort’s buildings had been converted for use by private owners.

     In 1961, Battery Garland, the former gun battery and magazine for a 12-inch long-range gun, became the Tybee Island museum. A room that once stored six hundred pound projectiles and two hundred pound bags of gun powder, now holds the collections and exhibits of more than 400 years of Tybee Island history.  It is the location of the only shot fired in anger in Georgia during World War I.

     Today, the abandoned and silent concrete bunkers stand side-by-side with fine beachside homes. Visitors marvel at the private residences nestled atop the fort’s walls, the magnificent ocean and river views and the fort that played a role in so many phases of American history.

 

 
2220 Adams Avenue, Building, 5218
Fort Lee
VA
USA
23801
The Quartermaster Museum's mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit the history and heritage of the Quartermaster Corps, the oldest logistical branch in the Army. The museum is free and open to the public Monday - Saturday, 10:00am - 5:00pm. Point of Contact, Laura Baghetti, (804) 734-4203.
 
Seaport Museum, 211 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia
PA
USA
19106

The Olympia carried the U.S. Unknown Soldier from WW1 back from France.  Olympia was Admiral Dewey's flagship at the Battle of Manila Bay in May, 1898.   Moored along the Delaware River at Penn's Landing at the foot of Spruce Street alongside the WW2 submarine Becuna, launched 1944.

There is an admission charge to go on board and tour the ship.  However, you can see  the ship without charge from the Penn's Landing walkway along the river, reached via the public streets and sidewalks.   You can reach the Olympia at Penn's Landing via Columbus Blvd. or the Spruce St. or Dock St. walkways.

Independence Seaport Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Museum will be CLOSED every Monday from January 9 - March 2017 with the exception of holidays.

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day the Historic Ships will be open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

The Museum is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

See the museum's web site for further details.

 

Midway Village Museum

          
6799 Guilford Road
Rockford
IL
USA
61107
Midway Village Museum hosts an annual Great War Event, a World War I military event featuring re-enactors portraying soldiers and civilians from the United States, France, Great Britain, Belgium, Russia, Germany and Austria-Hungary in the museum’s 13-acre Village on the museum grounds. Visitors engage in history with the opportunity to walk near encampments and tour a reproduction three-bunker trench, talk to over 220 re-enactors about life as a soldier, learn about the various military equipment and combat techniques of this war, and watch large-scale narrated battle reenactments.
Midway Village Museum will host the 4th annual Great War Event, a World War I military event will feature re-enactors portraying soldiers and civilians from the United States, France, Great Britain, Belgium, Russia, Germany and Austria-Hungary in the museum’s 13-acre Village on the museum grounds. Visitors engage in history with the opportunity to walk near encampments and tour a reproduction three-bunker trench, talk to over 220 re-enactors about life as a soldier, learn about the various military equipment and combat techniques of this war, and watch large-scale narrated battle reenactments.
 
300 North Street
Harrisburg
PA
USA
17120

Headquartered in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the state’s official history agency and administers The State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania State Archives, the State Historic Preservation Office, and numerous historic sites and museums across the commonwealth including Boalsburg’s Pennsylvania Military Museum and the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania at Strasburg.  Watch phmc.pa.gov for upcoming special programs, exhibits, and projects commemorating Pennsylvania’s involvement in World War I.   The Pennsylvania State Archives, in particular, holds many collections documenting the war years and is currently partnering with Ancestry.com and the State Library of Pennsylvania to provide on-line access to number of these valuable records.   For example, check out http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60884 to examine Pennsylvania’s World War I Veterans Service and Compensation files.   Coming soon:  Digital access to over 200 stunning World War I posters from the State Archives’ collections via the State Library and the PA Power Library site.

See State Museum of Pennsylvania website for schedules and prices.
Discounted rates for group tours by reservation.

See Pennsylvania State Archives website for schedule and fees
GPS address:
801 North 3rd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102

 
300 Washington Blvd, Besson Hall
Newport News
VA
USA
23604
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http://www.transchool.lee.army.mil/museum/transportation%20museum/LibTrucks.htm

The U.S. Army Transportation Museum is devoted entirely to the history of U.S. Army transportation from colonial days to the present. It offers a unique glimpse of the importance of logistical support to the Army, and is a must when visiting the Virginia Peninsula.

The Transportation Museum features artifacts from and a history of the Army's transportation efforts in support of the American Expeditionary Force in World War I.

 

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