Museum Weekend Honoring WWI ; to Recall War's 1914 Start

By Holloway, Kae | Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current), June 19, 2014 | Go to article overview

Museum Weekend Honoring WWI ; to Recall War's 1914 Start


Holloway, Kae, Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)


Re-enactors will recreate trench warfare this weekend as the Indiana Military Museum in Vincennes commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the start of World War I. "This is the 100th anniversary to the beginning of WWI, "said Frank Roales, assistant curator of the museum at 716 S. Sixth St.

The war officially began on July 28, 1914, with Austria-Hungary declaring war against the nation of Serbia, one month after

Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip assassinated Austria- Hungary's Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Allied powers for both countries sprang into action, starting a global war that would last until Nov. 11, 1918.

"It's important to remember what everyone has done for this country, and give people a more hands-on experience on what it was really like. When you can see the full-size items, it's a much better experience," Roales said.

The museum will have several artifacts and demonstrations to commemorate the war and those who fought it.

The museum has been pulling many WWI artifacts out of storage for the commemoration. Cannons, ammunition, uniforms, a restored 1914 hospital truck and Kaiser Wilhelm's Naval battle flag will all be on display inside the museum.

"We have the WWI trench system that we built, re-enactors, WWI cannons, ammunition... a lot of WWI stuff that's not normally out on the display," Roales said. …

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