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Posted on Aug 8, 2014 in History News

National World War I Museum Online Exhibition

National World War I Museum Online Exhibition

By Media Release

We received the media release below from the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, and looked at the “Home Before the Leaves Fall” exhibit it mentions. It includes photographs, film shorts, and other media and is well worth checking out. The image above is from a postcard in the exhibit depicting the fighting for Fort Loncin, Liege, Belgium, 1914.

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The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial announced today that it will join over 400 existing online exhibits through its partnership with the Google Cultural Institute, a collaboration between Google and museum partners from across more than 50 countries that work to preserve and promote culture online. The National World War I Museum’s collection commemorates the war’s centenary through a digital exhibit that features a range of the Museum’s prized content.


The exhibit, Home Before the Leaves Fall, explores the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the July Crisis and the opening months of the Great War through an examination of images, objects, video and audio recordings. The content comes together in a timeline that allows visitors to engage with the material as a curated story or pick out individual pieces to examine further with high resolution imagery and zoom capability. Visitors to the collection will see objects ranging from images of infantries from across Europe to the different styles of uniforms and weaponry as well as quotes from a variety of participants in the conflict.

“As we commemorate the Centennial of World War I, it’s absolutely critical that we engage a wide audience so that we can educate the public about the Great War and its enduring impact on society,” said National World War I Museum President and CEO Dr. Matthew Naylor. “This partnership with Google allows us to present items from the Museum’s collection in a manner never seen before, while calling attention to one of the most transformative events in human history.”

About The National World War I Museum
The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial is the only American museum solely dedicated to examining the personal experiences of a war whose impact still echoes in the world today. The National World War I Museum holds the most diverse collection of World War I objects and documents in the world and is the second-oldest public museum dedicated to preserving the objects, history and experiences of the war. The Museum takes visitors of all ages on an epic journey through a transformative period and shares deeply personal stories of courage, honor, patriotism and sacrifice. Designated by Congress as America’s official World War I Museum and located in downtown Kansas City, Mo., the National World War I Museum inspires thought, dialogue and learning to make the experiences of the Great War era meaningful and relevant for present and future generations. To learn more, visit

About The Google Cultural Institute
The Google Cultural Institute is dedicated to creating technology that helps the cultural community to bring their cultural treasures, archives, heritage sites and other material online. The aim is to increase the range and volume of material from the cultural world that is available for people to explore online and in doing so, democratize access to it and preserve it for future generations.

1 Comment

  1. “… holds the most diverse collection of World War I objects and documents in the world …” Now, I could have sworn the “greatest collection” to have been housed somewhere in Europe, probably France or Britain, potentially Brussels/Belgium or Germany as the most affected countries. But to find it across the Atlantic I would have dismissed. Anyhow, following the internet for about two decades I continue to be amazed what we and esp. future generations can gather in information that only a few years ago were accessible only to the person living on independent means to travel at leisure, some researchers in the field and otherwise if a curated exhibition came to one’s home town. And certainly would we never have been able to select and compare. You either bought a ticket and went in one side of the museum and got pushed forward with the crowd or you might as well have stayed home.