The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum will show its new exhibit, “World War I: The ‘Doughboy’ War” to the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce at “Business at Breakfast” on Wednesday, March 17, at 8:00 a.m. The attendees will hear from WWPL President and CEO Don Wilson about the exhibit in the Dolores Lescure Center’s Educational Parlor. Dr. Wilson and Curator Jarod Kearney will then show the guests the exhibit, which is housed in the basement of the Woodrow Wilson Museum.
The exhibit is a fully immersive state-of-the-art experience that takes visitors to the battlefront during the First World War. It includes a trench, a bunker, a command center, a triage area, lighting, sound effects, and photographs. The exhibit was designed by Riggs Ward of Richmond with panels written by local author William Walker. The Presidential Library gathered artifacts from the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, the Marshall Foundation in Lexington, and local collectors.
The Presidential Library opened the exhibit with a ceremony on Thursday, March 11. The exhibit is now included in the Presidential Library’s visitor experience at the regular admission price. Later this spring, the Presidential Library will host a Grand Opening event to which the public will be invited.
Anyone who has questions about the exhibit or this event should contact Linda Hershey at the Chamber of Commerce at (540) 324-1133 or William Browning at the Presidential Library at (540) 885-0897, ext. 119.