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WW1 exhibition comes to Hampshire library

By Denise Moran
via the
Elgin Courier-News

ELGIN, IL— A soiree was held on Monday, December 5 at the Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library, 109 South State Street in Hampshire, to celebrate the arrival of the World War One Centennial Traveling Exhibition.

Hampshire and Burlington area vetsHampshire and Burlington area World War One veterans posed for this photo in 1919. (Photo via Denise Moran / The Courier-News)The exhibition is being sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and presented by Library of America in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Voices from War, Warrior Writers, Words After War, The National WWI Museum and Memorial, the United States World War One Centennial Commission, and Wounded Warrior Project.

World War One began in 1914. It ended when the treaty was signed at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, which was Nov. 11, 1918. The day is remembered as Armistice Day.

"The exhibition will be at the library until Thursday, Dec. 22," said Kelly Sheahan, reference specialist at the library. "We are fortunate to be one of the 50 libraries across the country to showcase this exhibition. We applied in July, and we learned in mid-August that we would host it. In addition, we received a $1,200 grant that we will use for WWI history and to recognize the service of veterans from other wars."

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