The state of Missouri is remembering World War I 100 years later.
The world's first global conflict from 1914-18, was a major turning point in human history in which Missourians played an active role.
Libraries, museums, and archives across the state are working on a project to share this part of Missouri's history on a free, online website called "Over There: Missouri and the Great War."
"Over There" began in 2012 with the support of five partners: the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine at A.T. Still University, Kirksville; the Missouri History Museum, St. Louis; the National World War I Museum, Kansas City; the Springfield-Greene County Library District, and the State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia.
In April, project staff learned they were awarded two major grants from the Missouri State Library that will help see the project to completion. "Over There" was awarded a $73,974 Digital Imaging Grant and a $34,704 Technology Ladder Grant. The grants will allow project staff across the state to continue scanning WWI documents and photos, and to build an interactive website.
When completed, the website will feature a single, digital collection of documents, photographs, artifacts, and memorabilia illustrating the effect WWI had on Missouri and the impact of Missourians' contribution to the war effort.
"We get to tell the medical side. There will be personal stories of suffering at home, loss of loved ones, all these various stories will be told throughout the state. We get to tell the story of osteopathic medicine really come to the aid of America and gaining a foothold because we can do a good job," said Museum Director Jason Haxton.
Project partners have placed nearly 6,000 pages of WWI documents and photographs online already, and the new grants will bring 7,317 more online. To date, 28 institutions have collaborated on the "Over There" project.
The project started in preparation for the centennial remembrance beginning this year, and has been completed in multiple phases. A small sample of the full site to be launched in 2015 is available here.