A new exhibit on World War I opened on Friday, June 8 at the Carnegie Library Museum.

The exhibit includes oral histories, photos and memorabilia from WWI. The exhibit will run through July 29.

“The timing is one of the reasons we really wanted to do this because the anniversary of the end of WWI is in November,” said Alissa Whitmore, site manager at Carnegie Library Museum and research associate for Hometown Heritage.

A number of other local organizations helped to bring the WWI exhibit to the Carnegie Library Museum.

The exhibit features photos and oral histories from the Hometown Heritage collection. Whitmore said it also incorporates WWI objects on loan from Dallas County Conservation. Items like helmets, a jacket and a gas mask came from the Forest Park Museum and the Grand Army of the Republic in Redfield.

The Perry Public Library, Whitmore said, helped with some aspects of the exhibit and with planning for the youth programming. Hometown Heritage also received a grant from the Bock Family Foundation for the youth programming.

The Dallas County Foundation and a partnership with Humanities Iowa allowed Hometown Heritage to purchase vertical exhibit walls for the basement courtroom area. Whitmore wants to use those walls as a way to involve the community in the exhibit.

“I'm hoping people come in and they all want to share their stories or copies of photos of their WWI soldiers or family members who were involved somehow,” she said. “So that throughout the exhibit, it will be constantly expanding with these new additions that just tell the story of WWI through people from Perry and the surrounding area.”

In addition to the exhibit, Whitmore said they will be offering a number of programs about WWI.

A genealogy program will be offered from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 30. The program, led by State Curator Leo Landis, will help area residents find their ancestors during WWI.

Whitmore is looking forward to the pre-teen and teen youth programming at the end of July. There will be two programs offered from July 23-27. The first deals with comics and superheroes featured during WWI. The second will revolve around youth activism.

“Not only are here are some examples of how young people were helping during WWI, but also brainstorming what young people can do today to make a difference in their communities,” Whitmore said of the program.

During the program, the participants will be making care packages to send to deployed Iowa soldiers. Whitmore said the local Hy-Vee store is donating some of the items for the care packages.

The genealogy and youth programs are all free, but the program sizes are limited. Whitmore encourages those interested in any of the programs to sign up early.

For more information, contact her at 515-465-7713 or by email, info@fcctrust.org.

The Carnegie Library Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 12-4 p.m. on Saturday and 1-3 p.m. on Sunday.