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"The Great War Comes Home." A temporary history exhibit, will be on display in our Main Gallery space January 23 - April 11, 2015. Read below for exhibit details and our history lectures.

The personal stories of Licking County residents who served in World War I, retold in our exhibit, "The Great War Comes Home," have sparked interest among visitors of all ages.

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

"Licking County's Role in World War I"
Sunday, March 8, 2 p.m. - Doug Stout

The lecture will be presented by Doug Stout, coordinator of the “In the Company of Heroes: Licking County Veterans” project.

During the nineteen months that the United States participated in World War 1, at least 2,596 of Licking County's men and women enlisted or were drafted into the military. Eighty-two would never return home, having died from disease or battlefield wounds. During his lecture, Doug Stout will share several of their personal stories of bravery, loss, and patriotism, including:

·  Florence Hershberger, who served as a nurse on the Western front;

·  E. Gray Swingle and Ralph Laughlin, Newark High School Class of 1913 president and vice president, both of whom perished in the war;

·  Dwight Roney, a clerk from Newark;

·  Ross Simpson, who would serve in Battery B with the 324th Heavy Field Artillery and who kept a diary of his service;

·  Archie Leedy, the first casualty from Licking County on board the USS Jacob Jones;

·  Joseph Plaine, the son of Russian immigrants, who served in the U.S. Navy.

Doug Stout has been with the Licking County Library for 26 years, where he is currently head of circulation and building services. He is a lifelong resident of Licking County as well as a lifelong student of history. He has written history articles that have appeared in the Newark Advocate and has helped research, write and produce two DVDs highlighting Licking County's involvement at Pearl Harbor and D-Day. He has presented different historical programs for civic organizations, schools and homeschool groups.