Longmont Museum Remembers World War I in New Exhibit

Join the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center for their latest exhibit, World War I: Longmont & the Great War opening February 2 and running through May 13. Tickets for the exhibit are $8/Adults; $5/Students, Seniors and Veterans; Museum members and children 3 and under are FREE.

As the United States honors the 100th anniversary of the American military entering World War I, the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center unveils a new exhibition illustrating Longmont’s role in the Great War. Opening February 2, WWI: Longmont & the Great War will tell the stories of World War I through the experiences of people from Longmont including soldiers, doctors and nurses in training and overseas, as well as citizens on the homefront.

American Red Cross postcard from World War I, 1918

Items from the Museum’s collections will make up the bulk of the exhibition, including full infantry uniforms, artifacts relating to medical care during the war, an airplane propeller, propaganda posters, photographs, letters and diaries and many other personal keepsakes. The exhibition will also feature a 2/3 scale bi-plane, a locally-made Curtiss JN-4 “Jenny” replica of the planes used by U.S. Army pilots in training during the war.

Become immersed in this story of Longmont’s history, a collective sacrifice that affected every member of our community 100 years ago. The Museum will host an opening reception, presented by UC Health’s Longs Peak Hospital, on Friday, Feb. 2 from 6-8 p.m. The reception will include complimentary appetizers from Longmont’s Cheese Importers and a cash bar. Tickets for the reception are $8/Adults; $5/Veterans, Students and Seniors; Museum members and children 3 and under are FREE.

Gordon A. Atherton, in Army WWI uniform, complete with overseas cap and leggings, 1917-18.

The Longmont Museum will complement this exhibit by hosting World War I History Lectures in February and April, a special screening of the silent film Wings with a five-piece orchestra accompaniment in March and showings of World War I movies during their March Views & Brews film series. You can purchase tickets online at longmontmuseum.org for each of these events or by calling the Museum’s Box Office at 303-651-8374. Click here for more information about the Museum’s upcoming WWI film series, and find out more about the upcoming lecture series below.

Photo of three sailors in their navy blues, 1918. Pictured: Clyde Mariotti, Glenn Packer and Earl Rice.


Think and Drink – War & Civilization
February 8, 6:30 p.m., $5
World War I brought conflict on a scale the world had never seen. View the WWI: Longmont & the Great War exhibit, then join Grey Havens Group for one of their signature Think & Drink discussions in which they will ponder the meaning of war in the past and the present. Purchase your tickets here.

Longmont in the Great War
February 22, 6:30 p.m., $5
One hundred years ago, men and women left their homes in Longmont to serve in World War I. In this presentation, Heather Thorwald, a curator of the exhibit, shares dramatic stories of ordinary people whose lives were changed by this extraordinary event. Purchase your tickets here.

Deadly Laboratories – The Evolution of Tactics & Technology in the First World War
April 5, 6:30 p.m., $5
Do you think of trench warfare as the insane tactic of old, mustachioed generals who didn’t care about the lives of their soldiers? Go beyond pop culture characterization to get a firsthand look at the small arms of the First World War and connect with the hardships and experiences of the soldiers who carried them with this presentation by local history buff, Benjamin White-Patarino. Purchase your tickets here.

John Harold Buckley pictured in front of an airplane, 1918. Buckley was killed while on a combat strafing mission behind enemy lines in France on September 17, 1918. Buckley Air Force Base in Denver is named for him.

World War I: Longmont & the Great War will run through May 13. The Longmont Museum & Cultural Center is located at 400 Quail Rd. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1-5 p.m. They also offer extended hours during the Views & Brews film series on Thursday night from 5-9 p.m. For more information on the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center, and to find out how to become a Museum member, visit longmontmuseum.org.


All photos courtesy of the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center.