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UNCLE SAM CALLS: DAUPHIN COUNTY IN WORLD WAR I

Apr
9

OUR MUST-SEE ONE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBIT RUNS THROUGH DECEMBER 22

POSTERS AND CASEIn commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I, the Historical Society of Dauphin County has mounted a new exhibit of original posters, original uniforms, Red Cross artifacts, and historic newspaper articles and photographs related to Dauphin County residents in “Uncle Sam Calls: Dauphin County in World War I,” opened Sunday, April 9, in the National Historic Landmark John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion.

Posters were a major tool for broad dissemination of information during the war. Countries on both sides of the conflict distributed posters widely to garner support, urge action, and boost morale. Many well-known artists and illustrators contributed their work to the war effort. James Montgomery Flagg (1870-1960) designed what has become probably the best-known war recruiting poster: “I Want You for U.S. Army.” An original of this poster hangs prominently in the main hallway of the house. The collection of more than 75 posters was a gift to Society. Approximately 50 are currently on display.

Admission to the exhibit throughout the year is included with regular tour tickets to the Harris-Cameron Mansion and at selected events. Tours are available Tuesday through Friday and the second and fourth Sundays of each month at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m. Admission is free to members of the Historical Society of Dauphin County. Free parking is available in lots behind the mansion.

The Alexander Research Library is open on the second and fourth Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Call (717) 233-3462 for information and updates.

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