CSM re­mem­bers WWI with trav­el­ing ex­hibit

Dis­play de­tails sol­diers, ef­forts of South­ern Mary­land

Maryland Independent - - News -

With 2017 mark­ing the cen­ten­nial mile­stone of the United States’ en­try into World War I, the South­ern Mary­land Stud­ies Cen­ter (SMSC) is tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to honor the sac­ri­fices of lo­cal sol­diers who risked their lives and to re­mem­ber the war’s im­pact on the re­gion, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

Anna Kephart, SMSC co­or­di­na­tor at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land’s La Plata Cam­pus, worked with stu­dent as­sis­tant Shray Spriggs and vol­un­teer Anita Gor­don to cre­ate a World War I trav­el­ing ex­hibit for South­ern Mary­land. The ex­hibit is made up of four pan­els that in­clude in­for­ma­tion about what South­ern Mary­land was like dur­ing the World War I years (1917-1919), and South­ern Mary­lan­ders who sup­ported the war ef­fort both at home and in the mil­i­tary.

“While work­ing on this project, it was very mov­ing to learn about South­ern Mary­lan­ders’ con­tri­bu­tions, pa­tri­o­tism and sac­ri­fices,” Kephart said in the re­lease. “We have made an ef­fort to high­light these unique and per­sonal sto­ries as much as pos­si­ble in the ex­hibit. I be­lieve that by view­ing the ex­hibit, peo­ple will gain a greater ap­pre­ci­a­tion for how the war im­pacted peo­ple’s lives, and how in­volved our re­gion’s cit­i­zens were in sup­port­ing the war ef­fort. We can honor the sac­ri­fices that our cit­i­zens made 100 years ago and ex­plore what the re­gion was like dur­ing the time pe­riod.”

The ex­hibit ed­u­cates the public on lo­cal cit­i­zens who served in the war as well as the var­i­ous roles that they served in. This piece of his­tory cel­e­brates the ser­vice of cit­i­zens and gives a first­hand ex­pe­ri­ence of what it was like dur­ing those times.

Much of the re­search was col­lected from his­toric news­pa­pers and ar­ti­cles. The ar­ti­cles were pri­mar­ily found in the Times-Cres­cent and the St. Mary’s Bea­con news­pa­pers, but ad­di­tional ar­ti­cles came from other re­gional ti­tles. The SMSC ex­hibit will be moved to many dif­fer­ent fa­cil­i­ties and or­ga­ni­za­tions at their re­quest and is cur­rently on dis­play at the Mary­land Veter­ans Mu­seum at Patriot Park in New­burg.

Of the 1,426 South­ern Mary­lan­ders who fought in World War I, 44 lost their lives. In ad­di­tion, the ex­hibit looks at the in­valu­able ef­forts of South­ern Mary­lan­ders on the homefront to sup­port the war.

Or­ga­ni­za­tions that would like to dis­play SMSC’s WWI ex­hibit can con­tact the South­ern Mary­land Stud­ies Cen­ter at smsc@csmd.edu or call 301-934-7606. Use of the ex­hibit is free for any or­ga­ni­za­tion, school or li­brary.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

This Red Cross ad­ver­tise­ment from the St. Mary’s Bea­con, Dec. 12, 1918, is a de­tail from a panel dis­play cre­ated by the South­ern Mary­land Stud­ies Cen­ter to cel­e­brate the re­gion’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in World War I. The four-panel dis­play is avail­able for loan to or­ga­ni­za­tions in the re­gion.

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