If your love for Richmond runs deep, you won’t want to miss an upcoming exhibition at the Richmond Museum of History.
The museum’s “How World War I Changed Richmond” exhibition will kick off March 11, 2017, and run through June 30, 2017, at its home at 400 Nevin Avenue, Richmond.
The exhibition, which organizers say commemorates the centennial of the United States involvement in the Great War in April 1917, will feature “dozens of World War I related artifacts with connections to Richmond, California” including “many artifacts [that] have been in the museum collection over 50 years [that] will be on display for the first time.”
Standout exhibition pieces will include “original posters, five original uniforms and several pieces of trench art,” per museum Executive Director Melinda McCrary.
“Visitors to the exhibit will learn how World War I shaped the City of Richmond to be ready to face the challenges of the World War II Home Front and beyond,” said exhibit organizers in a statement.
Community members with annual memberships at the museum can get a sneak peek at the exhibit Friday, March 10, 2017, from 3-6 p.m. during a “Members Only Preview.”
The following day, Saturday, March 11, 2017, from 2-4 p.m., the museum welcomes everyone to a free “Community Reception.” Cookies and punch will be served.
Another date during the exhibition to keep in mind is Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 2 p.m., when the museum will welcome guest speaker Karen English, Professor of English at San Jose State University, for a “Poetry of World War I” talk.
On Saturday, June 3, 2017, at 2 p.m., another guest speaker related to the exhibition—Susan Anderson, Founder of Memory House—will speak on the topic of “World War I, Resistance and the New Negro.”
“World War I established all the institutions, such as rationing and bond drives, that set the stage for World War II,” said McCrary. “The Home Front in Richmond would not have been so successful during WWII if not for the significant efforts during World War I. It really set the stage for all the accomplishments of the WWII Home Front in Richmond.”
To learn more about the exhibit’s opening reception, click here.
For more info about the Richmond Museum of History, or its upcoming exhibit re: “How WWI Changed Richmond,” contact Executive Director Melinda McCrary at 510-235-7387 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.richmondmuseum.org.
What: The Richmond Museum of History’s “How WWI Changed Richmond” exhibition and related events.
When: The exhibition runs March 11, 2017, through June 30, 2017; a “Members Only Preview” for museum membership holders will be held March 10, 2017, from 3-6 p.m.; and a free “Community Reception” will be held Saturday, March 11, 2017, from 2-4 p.m.
Where: The Richmond Museum of History, 400 Nevin Avenue, Richmond.
Photo credit: Richmond Museum of History.