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World War I Centennial: Events and Exhibits

The leader Arizona passing 96th Street Pier in great naval review at New York City. 165-WW-334A(4A); National Archives Identifier 533700

The National Archives commemorates the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Explore the experiences of Americans during this worldwide conflict through exhibits and events or visit our World War I portal page for primary source material.

Armistice Day—November 11, 1918

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A New York City crowd awaits the parade of the 369th Infantry. (National Archives Identifier 533517)

The long years of fighting finally came to an end on November 11, 1918—at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

Each year thereafter, Americans observed Armistice Day to remember World I veterans. After World War II, the day honored all veterans, and in 1954 the name was officially changed to Veterans Day.

Explore more on the “After the Armistice” section of our World War I research portal.


AOTUS: Commemorating the Great War

AOTUS: What’s New in the National Archives Catalog: British Photographs of World War I

AOTUS: What’s New in the National Archives Catalog: WWI Photographs

AOTUS: Make Access Happen

Education Updates: “Over the Top” Experiences of Texan Mexicans in the WWI Trenches

Education Updates: Personal Experiences of World War I

Education Updates: Working with Documents in Remembering WWI

Education Updates: Favorite Stories of the Home Front from the Remembering WWI App

Education Updates: Using the Remembering WWI App in the Classroom

Education Updates: WWI Posters and Home Cards

Education Updates: Art as Propaganda in World War I

Education Updates: Teaching Activity: The Zimmermann Telegraph

Hoover Heads: The End of the Great War

Hoover Heads: The War Through the Eyes of a Child

Hoover Heads: Doughnuts and Doughboys!

Hoover Heads: Subversive Flour Sacks of Thanks

Hoover Heads: Practical War-Pig Plan

Hoover Heads: Herbert Hoover and the Centennial of American Entry into World War I

NARAtions: The Wartime Films Project: Remembering WWI

Pieces of History: From Armistice to Veterans Day

Pieces of History: The 1918 Boston Red Sox and World War I

Pieces of History: Wear a Mask and Save Your Life: the 1918 Flu Pandemic

Pieces of History: “It is Now or Never”: Final Victory in the Great War

Pieces of History: Unsung heroes of World War I: the carrier pigeons

Pieces of History: The First to Fight: The 11th Engineers in the Battle of Cambrai

Pieces of History: World War I: Now in HD

Pieces of History: The Lost Battalion of World War I

Pieces of History: Where were our World War II leaders during World War I?

Pieces of History: U.S. Entry into the War to End All Wars

Pieces of History: Jeannette Rankin: The woman who voted to give women the right to vote

Pieces of History: Enemy Aliens in Kansas City

Pieces of History: The “Wilsonian” Path to War

Pieces of History: World War I food conservation: “Pan de la libertad”

Pieces of History: Facial Hair Friday: A Letter from Hairy Harry

Pieces of History: What’s Cooking Wednesday: Flour Sack Art

Pieces of History: Potatriots: The original Freedom Fries

Pieces of History: The last doughboy: In memory of Frank Buckles

Rediscovering Black History: “And They Thought We Couldn’t Fight:” Remembering the Nine Soldiers in a World War I Photograph

The Text Message: Now Available Online: Burial Cards of World War I Soldiers

The Text Message: “Until the Glad News Comes”: A Letter from Verdun after the Great War

The Text Message: Towards a History of Mexican American Participation in World War I

The Text Message: Passports and Travel Documents for Pilgrims: Gold Star Travel

The Text Message: World War I Experiences of the Lone Star Division

The Text Message: The Council of National Defense: Now a Little Known or Appreciated World War I Federal Agency

The Text Message: World War I Foreign Policy Records, Part 1Part 2Part 3

The Text Message: New Web Page for World War I Records on the Meuse-Argonne Offensive

The Text Message: Department of State Records Relating to Turkish Atrocities Against the Armenians During World War I

The Text Message: Service Flag Adorns an AWOL Letter

The Text Message: Photographs of the 3rd Infantry Division in France During World War I

The Text Message: The Blue Arrow Head

The Text Message: Towards a History of Mexican American Participation in World War I

Unwritten Record:  Captured on Film: Armistice Day 1918

Unwritten Record: Newly Digitized Series : Initial Burial Plats for World War I American Soldiers

Unwritten Record: An “Illuminating Post”: Silent Stars Support the Third and Fourth Liberty Loan Campaigns

Unwritten Record: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic (Photos)

Unwritten Record: Shifting the Lens on WWI: Stories from the Home Front

Unwritten Record: Maps of the Great War: Army Cartography in World War I

Unwritten Record: Accessing World War I Photos in the Digital Age

Unwritten Record: Shooting World War I: The History of the Army Signal Corps Cameramen, 1917-1918

Unwritten Record: A Brief Look at African American Soldiers in the Great War

Unwritten Record: Photographs of Military Mascots in WWI

Unwritten Record: Hidden Women Update: WWI Camouflage in Action

Unwritten Record: The Women of World War I in Photographs

Unwritten Record: The Women of World War in Motion

Unwritten Record: Spotlight: Baking in World War I

Unwritten Record: Spotlight: Submarine Chasers


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"Gallant 15th Infantry Fighters Home with War Crosses"

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Red Cross Nurses in Washington with field kitchen.

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American Library Association Field Service truck at Kelly Field.


Traveling Exhibits

“Over Here: Americans at Home in World War I”

October 27, 2018–March 16, 2019:​ Oak Lawn Public Library,​ Oak Lawn, I​llinois

June 16August 11, 2019: Mendocino County Museum, Willits, CA


“Over There: Americans Abroad in World War I”

November 10, 2019May 25, 2020: South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum, Columbia, South Carolina


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“American Red Cross parade, Birmingham Alabama,” May 21, 1918 (Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs, 165-WW-39B-3)