Woodrow Wilson and the Great War Exhibit Marks 100 Year End of World War

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I’s conclusion, the Lewis University History Center, Naper Settlement and Give Something Back collaborated on a traveling exhibit, “Woodrow Wilson and the Great War.” This exhibit examines the Great War, which was fought from 1914-1918, and the presidency of Woodrow Wilson during this catastrophic global event.

From July 26-December 22, it will be on display in five cities - Naperville, Lockport, Romeoville, Washington DC and Princeton, New Jersey.

The approach used in this exhibit illustrates the multitude of perspectives that can be considered to raise questions about historical events. Several objects from the era will be featured, including trench art, a gas mask, and original documents from Woodrow Wilson.

“Viewing a topic through various lenses allows for a broader interpretation of history and previously overlooked narratives to be discovered,” said Kole Torres, co-curator of the exhibit and Lewis University graduate student.

For more information on the exhibit contact Kole Torres at ntorres3@lewisu.edu.

Exhibition Schedule - Locations and Dates
Naper Settlement
Naperville, IL
July 26 - August 26
The Gaylord Building
Lockport, IL
August 29 - September 18
Lewis University History Center
Romeoville, IL

The traveling “pop-up” exhibit, "Woodrow Wilson and the Great War," comes to Lewis University September 19-October 2. Located in the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Gallery, the exhibit examines the presidency of Woodrow Wilson and marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Four public programs accompany the exhibit each 2 p.m.

  • Wednesday, September 19: Gallery Talk by Lance Tawzer, Naper Settlement, and Kole Torres, Lewis University, reception with refreshments to follow the talk until 6 p.m. in the Wadsworth Gallery. 

  • Thursday, September 20: Woodrow Wilson on the Domestic Front by Br. John Vietoris, Lewis University, in AS 158. 

  • Tuesday, September 25: Race and Women: Wilson and WWI by Kristi Kelly, Lewis University, in AS 158.

  • Tuesday, October 2: Dennis Cremin, Lewis University, will present The War to End All Wars in AS 158.
September 19 - October 2
Woodrow Wilson House
Washington, DC
October 4 - November 2
Princeton Historical Society
Princeton, NJ
November 8 - December 22

The Lewis University History Center: Urban, Cultural and Catholic History of the Upper Midwest seeks to unite scholars, students, and the public in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of materials linked to the history of the Upper Midwest.

The Center strives to preserve and promote the region’s heritage (with a special focus on the Illinois and Michigan Canal) through the collection of historic documents and materials and promotion of research and activities involving core areas of public history. Lewis faculty, students, and community

The exhibit is the result of a partnership between Lewis University, Naper Settlement, and Give Back.