One hundred years ago, WWI was raging in Europe. The flu pandemic, which would eventually kill more people than the war, was starting. In the U.S., several states had granted women the right to vote, but female suffrage was not yet universal. The Great Migration of African Americans from the Jim Crow south to the industrialized north had begun. The fight against child labor was being fought in Congress and state houses, and the automobile was beginning to change the country. In Auburn, factories were growing, new residential neighborhoods were being developed and immigrants were still arriving in large numbers.
The year 1918 will be the subject of a major new exhibit at the Cayuga Museum in 2018. Museum staff are seeking the loan of items that will help tell the stories of that time – photographs, military items related to WWI, industrial artifacts, clothing, family memorabilia, and more. This will be a multi-faceted exhibit that explores the full milieu of the year 1918 and the repercussions from that year that are still being felt today.
Cost: Admission is $6 per person, seniors $5, students and children 12 and under are free.