“North Carolina in the Great War,” an exhibit exploring state and local contributions to World War I, opens Thursday, February 13. The exhibit is on loan from the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and has been supplemented with artifacts from the Smith-McDowell House collection telling the stories of local men and women from western North Carolina who put their lives on the line in service to their country. Entrance to the exhibit is included with Smith-McDowell House admission and runs through May 16, 2020. On display in the exhibit is local soldier Cash Morgan’s uniform, steel helmet, and gas mask – all put to great use during the young man’s time in the army. As visitors navigate through the exhibit, they are invited to read excerpts from Morgan’s wartime diary chronicling the day-to-day drudgery of war until he is wounded and must try to survive through no man’s land on the Western Front.
Members, Free Adults, $10 Children 8-18, $5 Students with ID, $5 Children under 7, Free