World War I exhibit opens at Nevada State Museum

An American machine gunning team trains on a French Hotchkiss light machine gun after arriving in Europe in 1917 (Photo courtesy Nevada State Museum Collection)

A new exhibit at the Nevada State Museum marks 100 years since the United States entered World War I.

“Remembering the Great War: 1914-1918,” opened on Tuesday, April 18, in the south gallery. The exhibit features historic artifacts, posters, helmets and even a silent film of American troops in France, according to a museum spokesman.

All photographs, taken by the Photographic Section of the French Army, somehow made their way into Carson City. The museum acquired the collection from a local history buff, and it's the first time the photos will be publicly displayed.

“We’ve had these in these binders all these years and they are really a treasure,” Bob Nylen, curator of history at the Nevada State Museum, said in a statement. “It was really a difficult task to go through over 400 photographs and try to select the ones to be used for this exhibit. There are so many great photos that are in the collection.”

Thousands of Nevadans took part in military service during World War I, with many serving in the Army's 91st Division, or Wild West Division.

More than 116,000 Americans died in the war, including 197 from Nevada.

Museum hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults and free for children 17 and younger.

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