The Works Art Galleries offer a variety of art opportunities designed to stimulate creative engagement in the arts for learners of all ages, and strengthen the cultural fabric of our community. Gallery exhibits change frequently and admission is free to most gallery exhibitions. Contact the museum's Art Coordinator for purchase inquiries and additional information.
Main Gallery Exhibit:
"The Great War Comes Home"
World War I History Exhibit - On Display January 23 - April 11, 2015
In this temporary exhibit, “The Great War Comes Home,” The Works retells the unique stories of Licking County’s support for the “war to end all wars.” View personal artifacts of soldiers who fought and families who suffered. Learn about Colonel George Crawford, whose Sharon Valley Stock Farm supplied thousands of horses, leading to knighthood for Crawford. Discover Licking County’s surprising connection to Sergeant Alvin York, one of the most decorated American soldiers in World War I, as well as its ties to the creation of the Gold Star Mothers organization. Finally, step into one of World War I’s most insidious creations, the world of trench warfare.
The Works is proud to offer this exhibit, which brings together for the first time this collection of artifacts, personal stories, and historical insights into Licking County’s unique role during World War I.
Some artifacts on loan from the Ohio History Connection, the National Firearms Museum, and private collections.
Gallery admission is free and open to the public Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon - 4 p.m. (January, February, and March).
View/download the official art card for this exhibit.
World War I Lectures - FREE and OPEN to the Public
"Clearing Live Explosives Today in World War I Tunnels"
Sunday, February 8, 2 p.m. - Don Darmos
The lecture will be presented by munitions expert Don Darmos, a retired law enforcement officer and past commander of the Lorain, Ohio, bomb squad, who will speak on the highly dangerous and volatile conditions munitions experts face today in the disposal of unexploded, underground World War I ordinance. Darmos, the U. S. representative for the Durand Group based in Britain, is authorized to open and explore World War I tunnels in France and Belgium to dispose of explosives and extend knowledge of underground warfare. These tunnels were sealed in 1920 by the French government and are now being opened to dispose of the potentially live explosives still contained inside. His presentation will also include an exciting film of his visits to the Vimy Ridge site, Somme, France, and accounts of the exceedingly dangerous conditions that include work in 60-120 ft. deep century-old tunnels. He will also display unusual Military Items of World War I.
"Licking County's Role in WWI"
Sunday, March 8, 2 p.m.