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Vincennes to host traveling World War I exhibition


Contact: Paige Southerland, 317.234.5078,  

VINCENNES, Ind. – The public is invited to Art for the Nation, on view Sept. 2 through 30, 2017, at the Old State Bank, located at 112 N. Second St. in Vincennes, Ind. The exhibition will be open 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

“World War I is quickly becoming a forgotten conflict in world history,” said David Weaver, Vincennes State Historic Sites manager. “With 2017 being the centennial of the United States entering the war, we feel it is important to remember Hoosiers’ contributions to the war effort.”

To achieve victory during World War I, the federal government used posters and other methods of persuasion to help muster the American people to action. Art for the Nation features posters that are visually stunning and represent the contributing efforts of the homefront during wartime.  

The exhibition also honors Private Gilbert Washington Cox (1896-1918) of Sandborn, Ind. who served with Company E, 405th Telegraph Battalion Signal Corps. He died on Sept. 16, 1918 of wounds received from an artillery explosion while repairing a telegraph line during the St. Mihiel Drive.

All posters are from the collection of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. For more information on the World War I exhibition, visit

The exhibition is included with site admission and is open to the public during the times noted above.

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The Vincennes State Historic Site, part of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, is a collection of four separate sites in Vincennes: The Territory Capitol, Fort Knox II, Sugarloaf Mound and the Old State Bank State Historic Sites. The Vincennes State Historic Site is dedicated to telling Indiana’s early territorial history. Vincennes served as Indiana’s first capitol from 1800 to 1813. For additional information, please call 812.882.7422 or email

Posted by Paige Southerland at 6:00 AM