When the United States entered WWI on April 6, 1917, residents of Morris County came together as one community to support Allied efforts and defeat the Central Powers in Europe. Discover the depth of Morris County’s commitment, contributions, and sacrifices by its men and women at World War I Happened Here, Sun., April 9 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., an admission-free and joint event of Morris County Historical Society (Acorn Hall), Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, and the Morristown and Morris Township Library. Together, these three organizations will offer a unique one-day experience that includes free admission to each site, as well as an opportunity to take part in free programming relating to their special WWI exhibitions.
Morris County Historical Society will provide interpretation of their current exhibit, 1917: World War, Women’s Rights, and Weaponry Sciences, and Mr. Peter J. Tamburro, Jr., a local historian, author, and MCHS Board of Trustees member, will give a presentation on the general atmosphere of uncertainty, anxiety, and change in Morris County just before, and immediately after, the U.S. entered WWI. Weather permitting, and for a small donation, families can have fun flying and racing small model toy airplanes on the lawn behind Acorn Hall. For more information, call the MCHS at 973-267-3465.
At Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (MHHM), join guest curators Jane Odenweller and Alfred Giraldi for guided tours of Women Warriors on the Home Front: Dorothea Miller Post and Morristown’s Women’s Land Army. More information, call the MHHM at 973-538-2404.
Morristown and Morris Township Library present William Paterson University history professor George Robb at 2 p.m. in the library’s lower level meeting room to discuss background information on WWI and the various civilian groups’ support for the war.
Also, the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center’s exhibit Called to Serve: Morristown and Morris Township and World War I will be available in the library’s Kirby Gallery. For more information, call the library at 973-538-6161.