DAYTON, Oh—Carillon Historical Park will unveil a special commemorative WWI exhibit titled Over There: Dayton in the Great War on May 28, 2016.
Sandbags piled atop an impressive 8 x 27-foot oak and poplar reproduction war trench, an original Lewis Machine Gun, an original M1902 U.S. Field Gun with a 7-foot barrel, a reproduction wartime ambulance, and original World War I uniforms and memorabilia will greet guests as they enter the park’s Kenneth Quinter Family Special Exhibition Gallery, according to a park announcement.
Using diaries, letters, documents, photographs, and artifacts, Over There will showcase Dayton’s integral involvement in the war effort. Amidst captivating exhibit panels—each relaying stories of battlefield soldiers and stateside patriots—visitors will witness an exhibit which has been meticulously researched, curated, and prepared. Made possible by Carillon Historical Park staff and volunteers, Over There is a culmination of over two years of effort.
The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sofie, in June 1914 triggered what became called “the Great War.” It forever changed the course of history.
Dayton played a key role in the war when the United States entered it in 1917 with soldiers and war materiel. Many of the region’s men served in The Great War’s greatest battles: St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, and others.
On the home front, the Dayton-Wright Airplane Company produced more than 3,000 of the DH-4 biplane and the legendary Liberty Engine, and other local companies produced the FT-17—a tank that saw limited service in France. Gem City factories produced gas shells, fuses, gun mounts, sights, and many other war products.
Over There: Dayton in the Great War opens Saturday, May 28, 2016—the day before Dayton Heritage Day with the Dayton Philharmonic.
WHAT: Over There: Dayton in the Great War, a special commemorative World War I exhibit
WHERE: Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Boulevard, Dayton, OH 45409
WHEN: Open to public on Saturday, May 28, 2016
ADMISSION: Park admission: $8 / Members: Free
CARILLON HISTORICAL PARK HOURS: Mon-Sat: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m./ Sun: noon-5 p.m.