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North Carolina in the Great War

High Point Museum Commemorates the Centennial of WWI with Exhibit and Programs

This November 11 marks the centennial of the end of the First World War and the High Point Museum is hosting a traveling exhibit from the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The exhibit, North Carolina in the Great War, will be open until Sunday, December 2.
This traveling exhibit contains panels with information on both the soldiers abroad and the home front here in North Carolina. It shares information on the various military installations in the state, discusses U Boat activity off the coast and seeks to put the war in context. 
Artifacts from the High Point Historical Society collection along with the stories of both men and women from High Point completes the exhibit. Items on display include personal items such as shaving kit, bible and postcards along with combat items including gas mask, compass and trench knife. Several uniforms and photographs also are on display. 


  • Charles Knight, Curator of Military History at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, will conduct a presentation on “The Great War” Thursday, November 8, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Knight’s presentation examines the role of North Carolina in World War I and includes stories from some of the more than 86,000 Tar Heels who went overseas to fight for the U.S. 
  • Our American observance of Veterans Day on November 11 evolved from Armistice Day, which commemorated the end of World War I. Come make your own “bell of peace” and red poppy while learning why these symbols are associated with this historic event on Saturday, November 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free drop-in event is especially for children and families. 
  • The High Point Historical Society Guild Series program on Wednesday, November 14 at 10 a.m. will focus on High Point's Experience of the Great War. In this program, Larry Cates will share many interesting facts about High Point’s approach to the war effort, both here and "over there." The presentation will include war heroes and "slackers," volunteers and draft dodgers, paranoia, persecution, and real-life espionage, business challenges and opportunities, fuel and food shortages, an extremely cold winter, and a deadly influenza pandemic.  
Bells of Peace

Bells will toll in unison across High Point, Guilford County, North Carolina and throughout the world at 11 a.m. Sunday, November 11 to commemorate the centennial of Armistice Day. When the Armistice ending World War I was signed on November 11, 1918, bells rang in celebration around the world. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is encouraging local history groups, individuals, places of worship of any faith and community organizations to ring bells 21 times at 11 a.m. Sunday, November 11. If your group or organization is interested in participating please contact Teresa Loflin, Community Relations Director at High Point Museum, at 336-883-3022 or email.

Visit the United States World War I Commission website for more information and even download an app to ring bells. 

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