EXHIBITS ILLUSTRATING THE IMPACT OF WWI ON NORTH TEXAS

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 11/11/2018 THROUGH 02/23/2019 AT THE FORT WORTH CENTRAL LIBRARY

ABOUT US

THE INDIVIDUALS & THEIR LIVES DURING THE GREAT WAR

REMEMBER ME! THE LEGACY OF THE GREAT WAR 11/11/2018 THROUGH 02/23/2019 FEATURED EXHIBITS

VETERANS RECOGNITION

Wall displaying list of North Texas enlisted 5,000+ KIA into occupation and Veterans.

As well as, individuals born, residents, or those buried here 7,000+.

SOCIAL ISSUES

During the turmoil of the Great War our region’s culture changed in a variety of ways.

Such as, labor issues, new oil/coal/energy work available, Wichita Falls hiring, farming and ranching increasing, cattlemen’s association creation, railroads built by African Americans (before military), and more.

COMMUNITY LEADERS

Such as:

  • Mayor William Davis – Local politics
  • Ben E. Keith – Community leader and food merchant
  • Russell Pearson – Airline founder – TC Archives-artifacts
  • Joseph Pelisch – Aviator & Architect
  • Holman Taylor – Red Cross, Camp Bowie survey
  • Anthelm Bidault – French farmer near Grapevine who hosted French military visitors
  • William McDonald – African American, banker, politician, Mason, millionaire

WOMEN’S ISSUES

Events and activities which molded women during the Great War in North Texas:

  • Suffrage
  • Women’s Clubs
  • Federation of Women’s Club
  •  93 Club – Literary club
  • Wednesday Women’s Club
  • Fundraising for war bonds
  • Hospitality at camps
  • American Library Association
  • Encouraging volunteerism with organizations

ETHNIC ISSUES

Minorities participation in the Great War.

As well as, other ethnic impacts. Such as, reverse migration.

MEDICAL ISSUES

Influenza swept through North Texas much like the globe:

  • Genealogy Society shows flu victims
  • Mental Health and aftermath
  • Red Cross assistance

LOCAL CULTURE

Examles of culture changes during WWI:

  • Jazz
  • Movies
  • Vernon Castle – Dancer, aviator
  • Art – Vitrines and glass cases
  • Paintings
  • Trench art
  • Posters

DE-MOBILIZATION

Transition of camp and airfields in North Texas to slowly shut down and convert into non military areas:

  • 36th & 90th
  • Airfields and Squadrons
  • Barron Field (Camp Taliaferro Field #2)
  • 77th, 106th, 207th, 273rd
  • Hicks Field (Camp Taliaferro Field #1)
  • 78th, 79th, 82nd, 206th, 275th
  • Benbrook Field (Camp Taliaferro Field #3) Carruthers Field
  • 208th, 209th, 229th, 274th, 379th
  • 10 RFC Squadrons went to Europe

WWI NORTH TEXAS TIMELINE 

JULY 5, 1916

U.S. Army  ordered 13,950 horses, and mules through the Fort Worth Stockyards. Foreign powers were purchasing through the Stockyards for at least a year prior. 

JUNE 18, 1917

Cadet W.K. Carruthers is killed in an airplane accident at Mineola, Texas. It was recommended to rename the field named in his honor. 

NOVEMBER 11, 1918

A parade held on Armistice Day in downtown Fort Worth. World War I has ended. 

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