Over There, Over Here: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the U.S. entering WWI

Supported by a New Hampshire Humanities grant, a collaboration between 13 historical societies, museums, and libraries will present "Over There, Over Here: WWI and Life in New Hampshire Communities," which includes more than 25 events taking place between May and November 2017.

"The goal of the series is to put the war in social context," according to project director Heather Mitchell of the Hopkinton Historical Society. "The teens and early 1920s were a time of great change in the U.S." Topics to be explored include the lives of service men and women, including Native Americans; the development of camouflage and chemical warfare; battlefield communications; as well as the war relief effort and social changes and challenges from temperance, to women’s suffrage, to the influenza pandemic.

In addition to the scheduled programs, five of the organizations will mount exhibits related to World War I. To encourage people to attend multiple exhibits and programs, organizers have created bingo cards that attendees can get stamped; if you acquire a row of stamps, you will be eligible to win a fabulous gift basket of prizes.

Organizers hope that attendees will not only enjoy the variety of programs and exhibits but consider and discuss with others the parallels and contrasts between events that took place 100 years ago and what they see happening around them today.

Participating organizations include: Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, Bradford Historical Society, Hopkinton Historical Society, Hopkinton Town Library, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, New Hampshire Telephone Museum, New London Historical Society, Penacook Historical Society, Pillsbury Free Library, The Little Nature Museum, Warner Historical Society, Webster Historical Society, and Webster Free Public Library. For a complete list of upcoming programs and exhibits, visit  www.OverThereOverHere.com.

Photo: On June 10 in Hopkinton, Dr. Marion Girard-Dorsey presents “The 1918 Flu Pandemic,” one of 25 events included in the “Over There, Over Here” project funded by New Hampshire Humanities.