COLUMBIA, S.C. – The exhibit dealing with the 30th Division’s experience on the Western Front in 1918 has ended, but the commemoration of the “Great War” is far from over at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.
In fact, two different World War I exhibits will be on display at the same time, starting Nov. 8 – the Friday before Veterans Day – and ending on Memorial Day, May 25, 2020.
Replacing the exhibit on the 30th Division, which has occupied the museum’s Malvina Gist Gallery for the past year, will be a presentation that was a hit with our visitors several years ago: “WWI in 3D.”
The slide show, which will require provided 3D glasses to view, was produced for the Relic Room from 100-year-old stereoscope cards. The images are high-quality, and really pop out in a way that brings them to life to a modern audience. If you liked Director Peter Jackson’s “They Should Not Grow Old,” you should enjoy this as well.
At the same time, in the museum’s Education Room, will be a series of panels entitled “Over There: Americans Abroad in World War I.” It will feature photographs by official U.S. Army photographers, who documented not only the front lines, but the work done by millions of Americans in support roles – transporting supplies, caring for the sick and wounded, cooking meals and maintaining equipment.
These photographers recorded for posterity the expressions on the faces of Americans at war, and they did not shy away from showing dead and wounded soldiers or the war’s destructiveness.
About the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum
Founded in 1896, the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum is an accredited museum focusing on South Carolina’s distinguished martial tradition through the Revolutionary War, Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, Vietnam, the War on Terror, and other American conflicts. It serves as the state’s military history museum by collecting, preserving, and exhibiting South Carolina’s military heritage from the colonial era to the present, and by providing superior educational experiences and programming. It is located at 301 Gervais St. in Columbia, sharing the Columbia Mills building with the State Museum. For more information, go to https://crr.sc.gov/.