Voices of the Lost Generation
Voices From The Lost Generation: Louisianians in the
Great War 1917-1918
- Recurring Daily Sept 24, 2017 - Dec 31, 2018
- Time: 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
- Adults $10
- Senior/Veteran/Military $8
- Children 5-12 $6
- Children 4 & Under Free
When America joined WWI, there was still a year left of fighting. Many Louisianans answered the call for troops. Voices from the Lost Generation: Louisianans in The Great War 1917-1918 will put a spotlight on those brave men and women.Louisianans have participated in every conflict that the United States has fought to this day. World War I was no exception. It was the first time that Louisianans would find themselves in Europe defending those back home. Voices from the Lost Generation will focus on the role that Louisiana played during World War I, some of the famous Louisianans that set themselves apart from the rest, important technological advancements, and provide a small glimpse as to what life was like in the trenches.
"Louisiana had a unique role to play in WWI." Said Andrew Daire, Collections Manager for the USS KIDD. "Camp Beauregard was a major training site for troops heading to France, the shipyards around Lake Pontchartrain were building ships to get those troops over there, Gerchner Airfield near Lake Charles was experimenting with airborne medivacs using biplanes, and L.S.U. was sending officers to lead the newly trained men. This exhibit will help to bring the events that happened over 100 years ago into the modern day so that this generation will never truly be lost."
Featured in the exhibit will be: a US doughboy uniform, weapons from the major powers of World War I, other personal items from the front lines, and most notably a to-scale reproduction of a section of trench featuring a trench periscope that looks across no man's land. The exhibit will focus on the impact of Louisiana in one of the most life changing conflicts of the 20th century. From building ships and training pilots, to sending her sons and daughters to war, the importance of this states contributions will not be forgotten. Children and adults will have the opportunity to learn about an often overlooked part of history. They will see how it still impacts their daily lives to this day, 100 years later.
Voices from the Lost Generation is the latest in a new wave of traveling exhibits the USS KIDD Veterans Museum has hosted this year. During the summer, a traveling exhibit, Guardians of Sunda Strait: The WWII Loss of HMAS PERTH & USS HOUSTON, opened and will be on view until the end of this month. Many other exhibits will be coming in the years to come.
For more information, please contact Development Coordinator Christine Bruce, via phone at (225) 342-1942, Ext. 13, or via email at CBruce@usskidd.com.