A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State in the First World War

April 15, 2017 to June 3, 2018
South Hall

As the nation commemorates the centennial of American participation in World War I, A Spirit of Sacrifice examines how New York State and its citizens played a critical role in the United States’ efforts during the war, and discusses its significance to understanding history today. Both on the battlefield and on the home front, through industrial production as well as civic participation and debate, New Yorkers had a considerable impact on the shaping of these events. By the end of the war, the Empire State would lead in the number of soldiers, tonnage of supplies, and money raised to support America’s efforts. 

This exhibition features posters created during World War I—many by prominent graphics designers of the period, iconic artifacts, images, and documents from the collections of the New York State Museum, New York State Library, and New York State Archives—as well as across the state. 

This exhibition was organized by the New York State Museum, New York State Library, and New York State Archives