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WWI Commemoration at the Old State House (AR)

The Old State House Museum in Little Rock, AR, will help citizens and visitors experience the era of the 19-teens, and Arkansas entry into World War I.

Silhouettes By Hand has been invited to participate, since silhouette portraiture had a resurgence in the 19-teens and 1920s. Interest in silhouettes never died completely when photography was invented - it just waned a bit until new interest arose every couple of decades.

Join the Old State House Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 12 to explore what life was like for Arkansans during WWI. There will be games and activities ongoing throughout the day. Visitors can meet a variety of living history interpreters portraying the men and women who helped with the Great War Effort, including:

  • Soldiers who will give first-hand demonstrations on infantry and cavalry training methods
  • Suffragists
  • Red Cross nurses
  • Women working on programs at home like the Better Baby Campaign, the Home Extension Service and the Willingness to Serve Campaign

Friday night, from 5-8 p.m. on May 11, the museum lawn will transform into a WWI-era Red Cross canteen. Stop in for refreshments, meet living history characters and enjoy live music from the Michael Carenbauer Jazz Group.