World War I and America: WWI Impact on the River Region


Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Topics will highlight Camp Hancock, Barnes Field, and individuals from the River Region involved in WWI. This session will be conducted by Steve Rauch, who is a retired Army Ordinance officer and currently serves as the U.S. Army Signal Corp historian at Fort Gordon.

The Augusta Museum of History is pleased to offer a series of in-depth presentations on this area's efforts during World War I. Stretching back to the Revolutionary War, the Fall line of the Savannah River has provided the military with an ideal place to train and manufacture arms.

World War I and America marks the 100th anniversary of American entry into World War I. It is a two-year initiative that explores the continuing relevance of the war by reading, discussing, and sharing insights into the writings of Americans who experienced it ?rsthand.

The project aims to bring members of the veteran community, in particular, together with the general public in libraries and museums around the country to explore the transformative impact of the First World War. Providing scholar-moderated opportunities for those who served in more recent con?icts in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan to bring their experiences to bear on historical events and texts, the project will illuminate for a wide audience the lasting legacies of World War I, and the similarities and di?erences between past and present.

The program is part of the World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of The Library of America presented in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Visit the region's home for history.  Featured are a number of permanent exhibitions, including the award-winning Augusta's Story - a 12,000-year journey through local history; a restored 1917 steam locomotive, special exhibits: "The Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown," "Celebrating a Grand Tradition, the Sport of Golf," and five life-size statues of golf's greatest players and much, much more.