exhibition overview

Over Here, Over There: Madison in WWI tells the story of Madison and its people during the Great War with a focus on individual stories of those who served overseas and those who remained at home. The uniforms, memorabilia and letters of those who served are central to telling the story of the war experience. Through artifacts culled from both organizations’ collections, the exhibition explores key themes such as attitudes to the war and neutrality, political censorship, the rise of the media, the propaganda machine, the art and music that flourished during this time, and the post-war experience.
The project partners with the Scranton Memorial Library and other town organizations to feature musical performances, lectures, book talks and movie screenings throughout the year aimed at enhancing the visitors’ experience and deepening their understanding of the impact of WWI on Madison. 
Among the many vivid first-person narratives are the stories of Philip Platt (who was involved in humanitarian responses before, during, and after the war), Morgan Redfield (who ran away to join the Canadian forces at age 15), and Charlotte Dowd, a teenage girl whose diary reflects the concerns for her peers and her older brother. Listening centers at Lee's Academy will feature recordings of several Daniel Hand High School students reading selections from these letters and memoirs. Multimedia viewing stations feature a selection of the photos from the front as well as other items that could not be displayed.

highlights from the exhibit

Paul Pavelka, Madison native served in the Foreign Legion and the elite flying squadron, the Lafayette Escadrille


Vintage wind-up toy aircraft carrier with four die-cast monoplanes labeled "LIBERATOR"

Madison native Grace Kelsey - Red Cross nurse's uniform

Detailed view of World War I victory medal

To view more images from this exhibit, visit our World War I Flickr album.

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