NEW EXHIBIT OPENS ON APRIL 9; HISTORIAN AND AUTHOR TO SPEAK AT 2:30 P.M.
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I, your 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,” opening Sunday, April 9, at 1:00 p.m. in the National Historic Landmark John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 S. Front Street, Harrisburg.
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.
At 2:30 p.m., Col. Douglas V. Mastriano, military historian and faculty instructor at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, will speak on Sgt. Alvin C. York (1887-1964), one of America’s most famous and celebrated soldiers. Mastriano is author of the newly-published “Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne,” which sorts fact from myth in the first full-length biography of York in decades. Copies of the book will be available for signing by the author. Admission to the exhibit and program is $5.00. Members of the Historical Society are invited to make a free-will donation at the door.
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.
Call (717) 233-3462 or visit www.dauphincountyhistory.org for information and updates.