The Benicia Historical Museum installed a special “pop-up” exhibit on Thursday, April 6, 2017, the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I (1914-1918).
The exhibit commemorates those Benicia residents who lost their lives in the “Great War.” It should also be recognized as an opportunity for visitors, especially students, to learn about the particular horrors of trench warfare, a prominent feature of the military theatres of operation affecting millions of soldiers in Europe at the time. In addition, the exhibit incorporates material on the flu epidemic of 1918, which played a deadly role during World War I.
Exhibit artifacts include helmets, uniforms, weaponry, and items used by soldiers in the trenches. All military personnel, current or retired, always have free entry to Museum exhibits; regularly scheduled hours are 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Wednesday through Sunday.