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Explore North Dakota and the Great War

Two images of WWI exhibits at the ND Heritage Center & State Museum and a WWI poster

North Dakota and the Great War Exhibit

This special exhibit tells the North Dakota story of WWI through materials from our collections. View military weapons, documents, gear, and more.

Located in the James E. Sperry Gallery at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum

World War I Posters

In 1916, Melvin Gilmore, curator for the State Museum, began collecting Canadian, British, French, and American posters created to gain support for the war. Today the collection contains 966 posters. See a sampling of these posters on display.

Located in the Auditorium Hallway at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum

Women and the Great War

Learn about the women's suffrage movement in the US and Canada through this exhibit on loan from the International Peace Garden.

Located in the Merlan E. Paaverud, Jr. Gallery at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum

North Dakota and World War I

Enjoy special artifacts and stories from our collections throughout the ND Heritage Center & State Museum wherever you see this symbol. The United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917; the war ended Nov. 11, 1918 with the defeat of Germany and Austria-Hungary. These exhibits commemorate the Great War's centennial.

View the WWI brochure for the ND Heritage Center & State Museum.

Dakota Datebook Stories: The Great War

Millions of Americans served in World War I - soldiers, sailors, nurses - and many at home provided support, suffered scarcities, and grieved for loved ones lost. The United States entered the Great War 100 years ago on April 6. Dakota Datebook is commemorating this anniversary with stories from North Dakota, thanks to historian Jim Davis. Dakota Datebook radio features air weekdays at 8:35 am, 3:50 pm, 6:30 pm and 7:50 pm CT on Prairie Public.

View Dakota Datebook Stories: The Great War on Prairie Public

Remembering WWI Film Festival

Movies help shape our cultural memory of historical events, and WWI has been a rich subject for filmmakers. Our free film series is offered as part of the State Museum's observance of the hundredth anniversary of the First World War. Showtimes are 10 a.m. and 2 p.m in the Russell Reid Auditorium at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum.

October 21
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

November 18
Legends of the Fall (1994)

December 9
War Horse (2011)

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