Do Your Part: A County Responds to the First World War
4:30 pm, Nov 8, Porter County Museum
Introductory Talk by Dr. Lanette Gonzalez (Ivy Tech College) about the origins of World War I Do Your Part: A County Responds to the First World War examines how people in Porter County responded to the US entry into WWI through an examination of artifacts and stories. This exhibit uses space inside the former sheriff’s residence (now the Porter County Museum) to recreate the setting of a WWI-era dining room and kitchen. Within these rooms, the exhibit presents artifacts from the war, including photos, military equipment and paraphernalia, propaganda posters and leaflets, letters, magazines, kitchenware, and items related to local industry and agriculture. Stories paired with these artifacts inform visitors of how individuals and groups within the county responded to the war. The stories chronicle the experiences of soldiers, nurses, local Red Cross workers, students, teachers, farmers, and businesspeople.