This month marks 100 years since the United States entered World War I, and a new online exhibit on Iowa’s role in the Great War is now available to view on the Iowa Heritage Digital Collection website.
During the years of American involvement in World War I, 114,224 men and women from Iowa served in the armed forces for the United States. The exhibit covers the rapid expansion of Fort Dodge as an Army training camp, the efforts on home soil to support the war, the backlash against German-Iowans, the outbreak of deadly Spanish Flu, and notable Iowans who fought in the war including Merle Hay, Marion Crandall, Edward O. Fleur, and others.
Image: 5th Provisional Company officers reserve training Camp Fort Des Moines from the Library of Congress
The Iowa Heritage Digital Collection is an online repository of Iowa history and culture, maintained by State Library of Iowa, which brings together digital resources of Iowa libraries, museums, historical societies and other cultural institutions to enhance access to and preserve long–term accessibility of these valuable materials. Find out more at www.iowaheritage.org.