Exhibit honors World War I veterans | News
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - An exhibition about World War I is making a stop in Grand Rapids, at the Ford Museum, Monday. It's the 58th stop on a 75 city national tour.
The tour is called "Honoring our History" is traveling the country as we approach the 100th anniversary of World War I.
This is no small exhibit. It's an 18 wheel traveling museum with 66 artifacts, including weapons, uniforms, and equipment from nearly 100 years ago. Organizers say visitors can experience life as soldiers and civilians did, including the tight conditions of warfare. Some of the artifacts have not been seen in the public eye until this tour.
Matt Cinco of Waddell and Reed, which is organizing the exhibit, says, "We want to bring awareness and honor our history, at the same time we wanted to recognize our local musuems around the country. As we all know, the non-profits and even funded museums are struggling from time to time so we wanted to bring awareness and raise funds."
Admission to the mobile museum is free but, they do ask for a donation. Half of the donations go to the local communities.
These events are coordinated by Wadell and Reed Mutual Fund offices because the founders were World War I veterans.
The exhibition runs 9 am to 4 pm at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids on Monday.
The mobile museum will move to Muskegon and the USS Silversides Museum on Wednesday, July 25. Click here for more information on the exhibit.