Dakota County Historical Society hauls World War I exhibit to MOA

May 25, 2019 05:40 PM

You can learn more about those who served in World War I this Memorial Day weekend.

The Dakota County Historical Society took its exhibit on the road to Mall of America.


The exhibit contains propaganda posters, a wooden replica trench, uniforms and other pieces of history from the World War I era.

"They are all made out of wool. One hundred years ago that is what they would have been made out of. We have two of them that were from the army, and both of these were from soldiers that served from Dakota County," said Matt Carter, Executive Director of the Dakota County Historical Society.

The United States sent more than 4.5 million men and woman to Europe to fight in the war. More than 100,000 were from Minnesota.

The Dakota County Historical Society did some digging of its own to find out who served from the county.

"We started with a list of about 900 to 1,000 names, and then as we started doing our research on this project and working with the volunteers, we have been adding more and more names," said Carter.

The exhibit will be at the mall throughout the holiday weekend. There will also be a World War I-themed fashion show in the mall's rotunda on Monday afternoon. The all-female show will highlight the roles that women played in the era.

"World War I is kind of a forgotten war so we hope to educate them, let them know who was involved, what the outcome was, and how did it impact what happened with World War II, said Carter.

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