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

April 15, 2017 to June 17, 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.


Virtual Exhibition

A Spirit of Sacrifice Website

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

This detailed website features a timeline of America's involvement in World War I, highlights elements from the exhibition, and provides educators with detailed guides and lesson plans to use in the classroom.


Educator's Guide

 Spirit of Sacrifice Educator Guide

A Spirit of Sacrifice - Educator's Guide & Graphic Organizers (PDF)

This Educator’s Guide is designed as a standards-compliant teaching aid for use with the New York State Museum’s exhibition A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State in the First World War.


Graphic Novel Depicts World War I Hero, Henry Johnson

The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) recently released a series of Graphic Novels illustrating the actions and lives of Medal Honor recipients. Volume 2, Issue 2 depicts the heroic actions of Henry Johnson who, as member of the 369th Infantry Regiment in World War I, bravely fought off a German raiding party to protect a fellow soldier. He was the first American to receive a Croix de Guerre with a golden palm, France’s highest award for bravery, and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 2015.

Download AUSA graphic novel "Medal of Honor: Henry Johnson" (PDF):
https://www.ausa.org/sites/default/files/AUSA-Medal-of-Honor_Vol2-Issue2...