On April 6, 1917, the United States formally entered WWI by declaring war on Germany. German U-Boat attacks against unarmed vessels carrying American citizens and evidence of a German plot to ally with Mexico against the United States rendered American neutrality unsustainable, and so the United States joined in the conflict that had raged for two and a half years.
By the summer of 1917, communities around the country were mobilizing human and financial resources in support of the Allied war effort.
The photos and stories told here in newspaper headlines, obituaries, photos, ephemera and letters provide a small glimpse into one such community.
A pilot’s diary, correspondence of fire fighters to their friends back at the fire station, a letter of a mother who lost her son, and first hand battle descriptions by African American soldiers reveal the personal and human side of a community that was deeply affected by the war.
Learn more about the Great War by visiting MacCulloch Hall’s exhibit on the Women’s Land Army and Acorn Hall’s exhibit on Morris County and World War I.