During the First World War, Newport News became a crucial military port, transporting men, weapons, and supplies to Europe. Answering America’s Call: Newport News in World War I looks at the stories of those individuals who served locally, passed through the port, or lived on the Peninsula, and how Newport News answered America’s call to arms.
The exhibit commemorates the 100th anniversary of America’s involvement in the “war to end all wars” and will remain open from May through December 2018.
This exhibition features artifacts, photographs, and documents relating to the camps located in Newport News (Camp Hill, Camp Stuart, and Camp Alexander) as well as the critically important Animal Embarkation Depot and its counterpart in Saint-Nazaire, France. It includes stories about how the community supported the war effort through Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company and numerous civilian agencies. The exhibition also examines the construction of Hilton Village as a means of accommodating the large influx of shipyard workers into the area.
This exhibit and associated lectures are made possible in part by a grant from Virginia Humanities.