A Century Since World War I

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Texas in the First World War

A century after the Great War, UTSA and ITC focus on a pivotal point in history


(SAN ANTONIO) – One hundred years ago, the United States entered the "War to End All Wars." This idealistic hope of the "Great War" leading to lasting world peace would instead devastate large parts of the globe, and set in motion events leading to another world war within decades.

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures is showing "Texas in the First World War" through spring 2018 to explore the role of the Lone Star State in this pivotal world event.

Co-curated by students from the University of Texas at San Antonio, research began with a semester-long course on World War I where students explored the war as a whole, then took a closer look at activities in the state.

Though America did not enter the war until 1917, Texans were involved from the start. A handful volunteered ahead of the Doughboy’s arrival, including pilots in the famous Lafayette Squadron, and soldiers in the trenches fighting with the French Foreign Legion.

At home, by 1917, almost 5,000 Texans had already seen action on the Mexican border, preparing them for later service in Europe. By the end of the war, 198,000 men and 450 Texan women would serve in the military alongside civilian volunteers both at home and overseas.

Through images, stories, and artifacts, Texas in the First World War sheds light on the legacy of a global conflict that still heavily influences world affairs, politics, and alliances to this day.

The Institute of Texan Cultures is located on the UTSA Hemisfair Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday.  Admission is $10 for adults (12-64); $8 for seniors (ages 65+) and children (6-11); children 5 and under free; free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification. For more information, call 210-458-2300 or visit TexanCultures.com.

 
 

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