Museum recalls WWI with living history event

PHOTO PROVIDED Staff from the Pennsylvania Military Museum and 28th Division Shrine, 51 Boal Ave., Boalsburg, will recreate a very small portion of the Western Front to interpret World War I on Saturday and next Sunday, April 14-15.

BOALSBURG — One hundred years ago this spring, more than a million American soldiers, sailors and Marines were deployed to France for service on the Western Front to fight in a war that raged since August 1914.

Although the U.S. declared war on Germany in April of 1917, it had taken nearly a year to recruit, enlist and train an army that began with the size of two PSU home football games.

The Pennsylvania Military Museum and 28th Division Shrine, 51 Boal Ave., in Centre County, remembers the event by interpreting the first industrial war with a living history bivouac, lectures and film beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday and next Sunday, April 14 and 15.

“World War I is the reason the museum exists,” said museum educator Joe Horvath. “We’ve been hosting this program since the centennial remembrance of the war in 2014.”

Uniformed re-enactors will talk about life on the front in a recreated trench and bunker system.

Saturday’s programming includes a presentation of “Colliers Photographic History of the European War” (1914-1916) at 10:30 a.m. and a lecture, “The Tank in World War I: From Desperation to Dominance” at 1:30 p.m.

On Sunday, the Army Signal Corps film “America Goes Over” (circa 1918) will be screened in the theater.

Admission is charged for inside programming.

For more information on other museum activities, visit its website at www.pamilmuseum.org; call 814-466-6263 or like the museum on Facebook.