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Posted on: December 5, 2019

New Display, ISU History Professor Presentation at MPL Dive into the History of WWI

Dr. Erika Kuhlman and the WWI display at the Marshall Public Library

The Great War is the focus of a new display at the Marshall Public Library. 


Thanks to the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and National Museum of American History, the library will be displaying eight, informational posters called World War I: Lessons and Legacies. The posters examine World War I and its aftermath through photographs, original propaganda items, historical summaries, and more.


“We invite the community to learn more about how the legacy of WWI continues to impact the world today,” said Amy Campbell, Public Services Supervisor. “These posters cover not only the military aspect of WWI but also lesser-known topics like how this war pushed medical innovation and the women's and civil rights movements.”


In conjunction with the display, Dr. Erika Kuhlman, Idaho State University History Professor, will host a presentation on the ways women protested against the United States’ involvement in the Great War, as well as how they contributed to it, including their work with the Young Women's Christian Association. Dr. Kuhlman’s presentation will be held Saturday, December 7 at 2 p.m. in the Minnie Howard room at the library. Dr. Kuhlman is the author of several books on women and their relationship to war including Of Little Comfort: War Widows, Fallen Soldiers, and the Remaking of the Nation after the Great War, and Reconstructing Patriarchy after the Great War: Women, Gender, and Postwar Reconciliation Between Nations. 


“Typically, when we think of war, especially historically, we don’t consider women,” said Dr. Kuhlman. “But the homefront and battlefront were intimately connected, especially in this first industrialized war in human history.”


The posters can be found on the second floor of the library through December. 


The library will also feature books and online resources for those who look to take a deeper dive into the history of The Great War. 


For more information on the World War I: Lessons and Legacies posters, visit s.si.edu/37mI8ai


For more information on the other programs and services offered by the Marshall Public Library, visit marshallpl.org or like the library’s Facebook page at facebook.com/marshallpl


The Marshall Public Library is accessible to persons with disabilities. Program access accommodations may be provided with three (3) days’ advance notice by contacting Skyler Beebe at sbeebe@pocatello.us; 208.234.6248; or 5815 South 5th Avenue, Pocatello, ID.


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