Museum commemorates World War I centennial

Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a 19th century feminist.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s most famous work, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, was about women’s need for autonomy.

High Plains Museum will host exhibits on local medical history, World War I

The High Plains Museum, 1717 Cherry, Goodland, has two new exhibits currently on display: The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and ‘The Yellow Wall-Paper‘” and our own companion exhibit, “Goodland’s Medical Transfiguration”.  Also on display is a World War I exhibit that explores Sherman County and Kansas in the War.   These exhibits will conclude May 13.

“Literature of Prescription” was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. The exhibit explores Gilman’s challenges to the medical profession and the relationship between science and society.  Displayed through six posters, the exhibit takes a closer look at the author’s life, society in the 19th century and the legacy of her story.  

“Goodland’s Medical Transfiguration” displays Sherman County medical history.

This year is the World War I centennial.

American soldiers head toward the Hindenburg Line. This year is the centennial of America’s entry into the war.

World War I centennial is April 6

April 6, 2017, marks the 100th year since the United States entered World War I. In honor of this commemoration year, the High Plains Museum is planning several programs around the Great War.  A display will explore Sherman County and Kansas in the war. The Trego County Historical Society has loaned us eight World War I propaganda posters.

The High Plains Museum invites anyone from Sherman County to bring in a photograph and a short biography of someone who served in the Great War, whether or not that person enlisted from Sherman County.

In conjunction with this exhibit, the Northwest Kansas Scale Modelers Society will have a World War I display at High Plains Office Supply, 1118 Main Street, Goodland.  Models from World War I will be featured along with other World War I-related objects.

The museum will hold an Oratory Afternoon, 2 p.m. April 29. Learn about World War I through soldiers’ letters.  Learn more about World War I’s impact on Sherman County May 6. Join the World War I Cemetery Walking Tour at 1, 3 and/or 5 p.m. at the Goodland Cemetery on North Main.  We will highlight six individuals who served and lived during the War and tell their stories.  We encourage everyone to wear walking shoes and anything else needed to aid in walking.

The High Plains Museum would like to thank EBH & Associates, PA, for printing both our medical and World War I exhibit, as well as the Trego County Historical Society for loaning their posters.

The High Plains Museum is located near downtown Goodland and features exhibits of local history. The museum is open Monday, Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.  For more information go online or call 785-890-4595.

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