World War I Centennial

Commemorating the First World War 

Charcoal drawing.

The United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917. It was a turning point in the nation’s history that still reverberates today. The Museum is commemorating the centennial of World War I with a range of activities. For media inquiries see our press release. 

Film Series: Hollywood Goes to War: World War I on the Big Screen

February 17, 2017 - November 11, 2017 
Movies have always shaped our cultural memory of historical events, and World War I has been a rich subject for filmmakers. We will explore how World War I, and its far-reaching effects, have been represented and interpreted on the big screen in a yearlong film series. Each month we’ll screen one of Hollywood’s finest feature films about World War I at our Museum in Washington, DC and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.

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Stories: Uncovering World War I

Uncover the stories of World War I, including the very personal toll the war had on people, how WWI drove technology forward, and the war's global cultural impact around the world. We plan to explore these concepts throughout the centennial. Visit us here for the newest story or subscribe to our monthly WWI e-newsletter.

Exhibition: Artist Soldiers

April 6, 2017 – November 11, 2018 
The First World War remade the world geopolitically and transformed how societies engage and relate to military conflict. Artistic expression during the war contributed to this transformation. This exhibition examines this form of artistic expression from two complementary perspectives: one, professional artists who were recruited by the U.S. Army; the other, soldiers who created artwork. Together they shed light on World War I in a compelling and very human way.

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