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Be Part of History

March 9, 2017
​New Jersey soldiers returning from the Front. Newark, NJ 1918.

​The Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage is inviting you to be part of history. To commemorate the centennial of  America’s entry in World War I, the Cornelius Low House, the County museum, is mounting an exhibit titled “Over There, Over Here: New Jersey During World War I.”

The exhibit will focus on the stories of New Jerseyans and the effect the war had on those at home and fighting abroad.
To add an even greater local connection to the exhibit, the Culture and Heritage Office is seeking objects for display. Objects may include military uniforms, medals, diaries, historic photographs, Red Cross or Salvation Army memorabilia, paper items, household objects and more.

“If you or family members want to add your voice to this exhibit, I encourage you to reach out to our museum staff to see how your objects, letters and period clothing can help explain how our state and citizens were impacted by and contributed to the war effort,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County’s Business Development Committee.

If you have objects you would like to loan, please contact Katie Zavoski, Senior Curator, at 732-745-4177 or email photographs of the items to katie.zavoski@co.middlesex.nj.us. Please reach out to museum staff before dropping anything off at the museum, located at 1225 River Road in Piscataway.

The exhibit, to open Sunday, Oct. 1, will delve into topics such as the prelude to war, the home front, the roles African Americans and women had, and how art, music and photography were influenced by and played a part in the war. 

In addition to the landmark display, a number of special programs are being planned for the centennial, including lectures on German U-Boat attacks off the coast of New Jersey, the 1918 Influenza Epidemic and an open air concert featuring the songs of World War I.

“There is so much to explore and so many things to be learned about this time period and our state’s part in it,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “I encourage you to come to the exhibit and attend the events.”

For more information on this and other history programming, visit the County website at www.middlesexcountynj.gov or call (732) 745-3030.
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