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[Photography by students Campbell Smith and Valentina Sainato]

WWI Research Institute Museum Grand Opening!

[Photo Courtesy of Mrs. Candace McCorkell]

More than 100 enthusiastic visitors attended the Grand Opening of the St. Helena High School World War I Research Institute Museum on Monday, January 10, 2011. The museum collection, which we hope will continue to grow, is on permanent exhibit in a dedicated space of the St. Helena High School library.

Museum items—which the public has so generously donated or loaned to us—include uniforms, awards and medals, diaries and journals, letters and postcards, photo albums, scrap books manuscript recollections, military equipment and the personal effects of men and women who served in uniform during the war.

[Photo Courtesy of Mrs. Candace McCorkell]

The evening's activities included a showing of the student interview of Mr. Frank Buckles, who was the last surviving American veteran of the war (he passsed away at 110 years of age on February 27, 2011), a performance of WWI-era songs arranged and sung by members of the class, student reports on some of their research projects, an explanation of the class website (www.ww1institute.org), and even a film interview station where guests were invited to share family memories about WWI.

If you are interested in donating or loaning items to the St. Helena High School WWI Research Institute Museum, please contact Mr. Frank Mazzi at fmazzi@sthelena.k12.ca.us