Upcoming Events

WWI Trench Warfare
Open December 19 - May 2015
This exhibit contains various artifacts that represent what an American soldier would have used and encountered in the trenches during WWI. The items on display are courtesy of Ron Leverenz, a private collector and owner of Doughboy Military Collectibles in Springfield, Mo. The exhibit is located in the Local History Department of The Library Center in Springfield and is free to the public.


Digitizing History: Preserving Missouri's World War I Artifacts Online
Wednesday, April 22, 6 pm
Library staff members Gary Larsen and Ben Divin will provide an overview of "Over There: Missouri & the Great War" and discuss the process of digitizing valuable historical items. The program will be held at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library, in the upstairs meeting room at 6 pm.


WWI Symposium & Veteran Family Gathering at Lamar, Missouri
Saturday, May 9, 2015
The Truman Day celebration in Lamar Missouri will feature a WW1 Symposium at Veterans Memorial Hall. The all-day family friendly program starting at 9:00AM will be of interest to all age groups.  Events include a presentation by the Missouri Park Service on Captain Harry S. Truman, living history and historian portrayals of the soldier’s daily routine and struggle for survival in the deadly trench warfare battles that raged in the countryside of France and Belgium.  Staff associates from the Springfield-Greene County Library will present a program on how Springfield residents supported the war effort at home.  Music and songs popular with WW1 soldiers will be featured during the noon hour and performed throughout the day between program events.  Displays of uniforms, photos, art work, and news articles of the WW1 era in America will be available for public viewing.  Ancestors of WW1 veterans are encouraged to bring in photos, letters and other family keepsakes for a question and answer sharing time with historians that will provide insights on their veteran’s experiences, and answer questions about military units and battle campaigns during their time of military service.  The four State Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America is hosting the event.