Jorgenson Gallery Hosts Missouri and the Great War Traveling Exhibit
Moberly residents can explore Missouri’s vital role during World War I in a traveling exhibit featuring stories, images, and artifacts from museums, libraries, archives and private collections across the state, including the Randolph County Historical Society.
The exhibit, Missouri and the Great War, is currently on display in the Jorgenson Gallery at Moberly Area Community College until February 23, 2018. The community is welcome to attend a free, public reception on Tuesday, January 30, from 5-7PM, featuring Denzil Heaney, Administrator of the General John J. Pershing boyhood home in Laclede, MO. Heaney will cover General Pershing’s life after he left Laclede and discuss new WWI memorials.
Missourians contributed to the war effort even before the United States joined the hostilities in April 1917. Missouri industries supplied mules, munitions and other goods to Allied armies. More than 156,000 Missourians served in the war, including future president Harry S. Truman, Walt Disney and Gens. John J. Pershing and Enoch Crowder.
To tell these stories, the Springfield-Greene County Library District and the Missouri Humanities Council developed the traveling exhibit to explore World War I history through the perspective of Missouri and Missourians. Visitors to the Jorgenson Gallery will learn about the contributions of Missouri women and African Americans to the war effort and discover the vital role Missouri horses and mules played in the war.
The exhibit includes two touch-screen kiosks, where visitors can explore more content and locate Missouri’s World War I monuments, as well as a seven-minute documentary featuring footage from the war. The Jorgenson Gallery also partnered with the Randolph County Historical Society to present artifacts donated by families of local soldiers such as supplies and uniforms.
“One of the Missouri Humanities Council’s priorities is helping local communities maximize their resources and bring exceptional cultural programming to all Missouri residents,” said Steve Belko, executive director of the Missouri Humanities Council. “Missouri and the Great War allows Missouri communities to access historical archives from across the state.”
Missouri and the Great War will travel to a total of nine locations, including Kirksville’s A.T. Still University and libraries and museums across the state in 2017 and 2018. The exhibit is based on the online digital archive www.missourioverthere.org, which features documents, photographs, artifacts, and other WWI items from 30 Missouri museums, archives, libraries and historical societies.
The Missouri Humanities Council and the Springfield-Greene County Library District developed this exhibition with funding provided by the Missouri Humanities Council, Friends of Springfield-Greene County Library District, and the RDW Family and Community Fund.
The Jorgenson Fine Arts Gallery, named in honor of MACC President Emeritus Dr. Evelyn E. Jorgenson, was created during the remodel of the historic MACC Coliseum in 2002. The wing provides an updated and expanded space for Graphic Arts & Fine Arts programs, including lab space, classrooms, and studios. The Gallery hosts rotating exhibits throughout the year featuring the work of national and international artists as well as local high school and MACC student work. The Gallery is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 7AM to 8:30PM and on Friday from 7AM to 4PM.