World War I at Home and Abroad

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Harmon Museum
105 S. Broadway
Lebanon, OH 45036

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$10 Adults, $6 Students under 18


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As the 100th anniversary of World War I comes to an end, Harmon Museum has mounted an exhibit honoring America’s involvement in the war. World War I at Home and Abroad tells not only the soldiers’ stories but also the war effort at home. The exhibit runs through November 11, 2019 and is free with paid admission to Harmon Museum. The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is adults $10, students under 18 $6.

Curated by Harmon Museum’s Exhibits Curator, Jeanne Doan, the exhibit tells the story of the local rifleman’s militia group who became Company E, US 147th Infantry, camped at Runyan Field in Lebanon in June of 1917 and arrived in France June of 1918. They returned to Ohio August 1919. The exhibit includes a complete soldier’s uniform and kit including heavy wool overcoat and toilet paper. The Memorabilia includes letters home, a sign liberated from a German pub and pictures taken in both Cincinnati and Lebanon of the 147th’s homecoming parades.

An important part of the exhibit is the memorabilia that tells the story of the war at home in Warren County, Ohio. At home Warren Countians were busy buying War Bonds in great numbers and following the war through newspapers and letter home from soldiers. Around the county groups held garden parties and other events to raise money for the war effort. A train loaded with captured German war materials heralded as a Hun Booty Train, stopped from town to town throughout the county drawing large crowds and raising money through the sale of war bonds. The county wide weekly newspaper, the Western Star was littered with ads for war bonds and news of the fighting. Don’t miss this entertaining as well as educational exhibit.

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