MOHAI's New WWI Exhibit Marks 100 Years Since "The Great War"

The new exhibit, WWI America, opens at the Museum of History and Industry next week
A large collection of posters such as this patriotism-rousing sign that originally read, ”Not just hats off to the flag, but sleeves up for it,” are part of MOHAI’s WWI America exhibit

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It’s been called “The Great War,” as if there’d never be a bigger one.

Although its origin was almost comically trivial—because of tangled alliances, the assassination of one archduke pulled an entire continent and beyond into conflict—the casualties were unprecedentedly hideous, due to chemical weapons; related epidemics, revolutions and genocides killed millions more.

Yet, probably because the fighting never happened on American soil and we were involved for only a year and a half, there’s been a sort of romance about WWI: brave young lads marching off to save Europe to the strains of George M. Cohan songs.

This Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) exhibit, mounted to coincide with the centennial of the Armistice, offers a view that lies closer to the truth, via artifacts and multimedia presentations that tell the story of the struggle at home.

9/1–2/10/2019. Times and prices vary. Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), South Lake Union, 860 Terry Ave. N; 206.324.1126.

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