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Home Front, War Front: Sewanee and Fort Oglethorpe in World War I

Exhibit Poster

This site accompanies the exhibit, Home Front, War Front: Sewanee and Ft. Oglethorpe in World War I.

The exhibit was on view from October 3, 2013 until February 28, 2014 in the University Archives and Special Collections building on on the campus of the University of the South.

Exhibit Synopsis

The exhibit centers on two perspectives / stories that are linked by both geography and time period. First, the exhibit examines, through artifacts and images, the experiences of various Sewanee community members, students, and alumni during World War I. The second part of the exhibit explores how the war impacted the home front, specifically this region. As local men were being sent to the European front, a large number of Europeans – mainly Germans and Austrian-Hungarians – were arrested and detained at a camp in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia, the largest prison camp maintained during the war. By focusing on the Sewanee veterans and the prisoners at Ft. Oglethorpe, the exhibit attempts to shed light on the local dimensions of the war by explaining how the international arena impacted this region in both expected and unexpected ways.