Over Here, Over There: The Great War Opens at the Steele County History Center

OWATONNA, MN (April 10, 2017) – The Great War sprang upon Minnesota at a time of vast political and social upheaval. It brought with it resolution to some problems, leaving uncertainty and new issues in its wake. Visit the Steele County History Center and read first-hand accounts by Steele County residents, experience warfare through sights, sounds and smells, sing along with WWI songs, and more! The exhibit will include interactives for ages 4 through 94!

During our Grand Opening, April 13, 5:30 PM, you can experience the flavors of the Great War.  Operation: War Fare will offer a fun evening of innovative food items, meatless and wheatless, served on the home and war front. All the sacrifices on the home front meant our soldiers could eat well. The event is open to the public.

Following the Grand Opening, Dean Ulland, History and Political Science Professor, Riverland Community College, will present World War One “The Great War” at 7:00PM in the Wenger Room of the History Center. Dean has presented several papers at national history conferences on various aspects of World War One.  He will cover how World War One resulted in unprecedented devastation. Millions suffered, including people in Steele County. Its effects are still with us in the 21st century. The presentation will focus on the main causes of the war, and the events that lead to American entry in April 1917.

“This is the largest, most comprehensive exhibit we have ever produced,” said Dan Moeckly, Archives, Research and Technology Manager of the Steele County Historical Society.  “Over the two year span of this exhibit, visitors will experience a wide range of sights and sounds.”

Over Here, Over There will be on display for two years and will offer a wide range of events and activities, with new experiences and events being introduced throughout the exhibit.

This project has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society and with the generous support of the Wenger Foundation, a n independent, private foundation established by members of the Wenger family.

The Steele County Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1949. Its mission is to preserve and share Steele County history today for tomorrow.  The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Steele County’s past through museum exhibits, research, collections, tours, educational programs and book publishing.


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