Learn More About World War I

Liberty Hall Museum to host a nearly two-year-long exhibit that will focus on World War I

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Learn More About World War I

John Kean's ID from World War I

Gaelle Gilles

From Friday, April 7, 2017, through Saturday, November 10, 2018 Liberty Hall Museum will be hosting an exhibit titled Brothers in Arms: Memories of The Great War, to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the United States entering the first World War.

This exhibit will run during regular tour hours from Tuesday through Saturday starting at 10 a.m. and concluding at 3 p.m.

"We decided to have Brothers in Arms be up on display through the whole length that the United States fought in the war, from when we entered on April 6, 1917 to Armistice Day when the war ended on November 11, 1918," commented Lacey Bongard, the coordinator of museum programs.

The exhibit will show visitors what some members of the Kean family had to go through during the war. Those members were Captain John Kean, his brother Congressman Robert Kean and their cousins, George, John and Philip Roosevelt.

"The exhibit, using firsthand accounts from their letters and postcards sent home, as well as photographs and personal objects, will allow visitors to walk in their footsteps as they were sent off to basic training in 1917, to fighting overseas on the front lines of Europe in 1917-18, to their return home in 1919," Bongard said.

Liberty Hall Museum holds a variety of belongings from John and Robert during the war. There are over 300 letters, the uniforms of the brothers, military handbooks, pictures and more, which will all be on display during the exhibit.

"Liberty Hall Museum is excited for the opening of this exhibit and for the visitors to be able to trace not only the war but the footsteps of the Kean and Roosevelt boys who served. The museum's WWI collection is filled with such fun and interesting artifacts and we are thrilled to be able to showcase these items to the public," Bongard commented.

She also said that because of the Kean family and their cousins who had saved all of their belongings, the museum has a very extensive collection to show the public, allowing visitors to get a more in-depth learning of World War I.

All Liberty Hall Museum tours will include the Brothers in Arms exhibit. Tours leave every hour. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for Kean Alumni and $8 for seniors. Admission is free for Kean University students and faculty, other college students and children ages three to 17.

To learn more about the exhibit Brothers in Arms: Memories of The Great War, contact Liberty Hall Museum by email at libertyhall@kean.edu or by calling them at 908-527-0400.