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Through compelling letters and prized artifacts on display as part of an upcoming new (and free!) exhibit at the California State Capitol Museum titled “Californians Over There! California’s Role in the First World War,” visitors will gain an understanding of what families endured during World War I when soldiers were “over there” and separated by thousands of miles.
This new exhibit features the letters of the Bates family from Alameda, California, that include vivid descriptions of wartime experiences written by their son Edward, who fought on the front lines in France. In addition, other key items on display include an army uniform, gas mask, helmet and weapons which provide an overall view of the life of a California “doughboy.” Also, three colorful flags carried by California divisions overseas will be featured in the exhibit. And, 11 medals -- including the prestigious Medal of Honor -- earned by Colonel Nelson Holderman, also from California, will also be on special display. Holderman survived six terrible days surrounded by the Germans in France’s Argonne Forest and many consider him to be the most decorated soldier of World War I.
For more information about this special exhibit or about upcoming events and activities, please call 916-324-0333 or visit www.capitolmuseum.org.
Special note: Traci Rockefeller Cusack represents a number of businesses and organizations throughout the greater Sacramento area including the Capital District State Museums and Historic Parks.