Iowa and the Great War

    Opening April 6, 2017

    When the United States jumped into the First World War in 1917, hundreds of thousands of Iowans stepped up to support the cause, both in the trenches and at home. A century later, learn how their courage and innovation changed the course of history far beyond the battlefields and long after the fighting finished.


    • Learn about the African-American officers who trained at Fort Des Moines.
    • See the bullet hole in the jacket of an Iowa soldier who lived to tell the tale.
    • Understand how propaganda shifted opinions about the war, prohibition and women’s suffrage.
    • Discover how the war fueled anti-immigrant sentiments in Iowa cities and towns.