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Reception at campus museum to close out exhibit on World War I

A World War I centennial exhibit at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will conclude Friday, April 26, with the public invited to a closing reception scheduled for the evening before.

“I Want You! How World War I Transformed Western North Carolina” has been on display since November in the museum’s first floor gallery, located in Hunter Library. The reception will take place 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in the gallery with light refreshments served.

The exhibit examines how the war changed Western North Carolina, including the roles of women in the workplace and Native American and African-Americans in the military, and features wartime images and artifacts, as well as examples of propaganda used to build support for the war effort. It was created by Mountain Heritage Center staff with support from the Library of Congress, WCU’s Special Collections and the “Defining America” theme committee on campus, as well as the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

For more information, call the Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129.

A portion of the WWI exhibit at the Mountain Heritage Center.

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