Mon 16 Jun 2014
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – World War I, the world’s first global conflict from 1914-18, was a major turning point in human history in which Missourians played an active role.
Libraries, museums, and archives across the state are working on a project to share this part of Missouri’s history on a free, online website called “Over There: Missouri and the Great War.”
“Over There” began in 2012 with the support of five partners: the Museum of Osteopathic MedicineSM, Kirksville; the Missouri History Museum, St. Louis; the National World War I Museum, Kansas City; the Springfield-Greene County Library District, and the State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia. In April, project staff learned they were awarded two major grants from the Missouri State Library that will help see the project to completion. “Over There” was awarded a $73,974 Digital Imaging Grant and a $34,704 Technology Ladder Grant. The grants will allow project staff across the state to continue scanning WWI documents and photos, and to build an interactive website.
“The additional grant funding provides us an opportunity to work with many new partners in Missouri,” said Brian Grubbs, the Springfield-Greene County Library District based project director. “We are very excited to expand online access to these collections, and to promote our shared history.”
When completed, the website will feature a single, digital collection of documents, photographs, artifacts, and memorabilia illustrating the effect WWI had on Missouri and the impact of Missourians’ contribution to the war effort.
The project started in preparation for the centennial remembrance beginning this year, and has been completed in multiple phases. A small sample of the full site to be launched in 2015 is available at www.missourioverthere.org.
Project partners have placed nearly 6,000 pages of WWI documents and photographs online already, and the new grants will bring 7,317 more online. To date, 28 institutions have collaborated on the “Over There” project. Museum Director Jason Haxton said, “The Museum of Osteopathic Medicine has been pleased to share with this site the significant contributions made by early osteopathic physicians to provide quality healthcare during this major war effort.”
Contributing institutions beyond the project partners include Arnold Historical Society & Museum; Bates County Historical Society & Museum, Butler; Carondelet Historical Society, St. Louis; Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives; Gardner House Museum, Palmyra; Gasconade County Historical Society, Hermann; General John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site, Laclede; Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Independence; Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, St. Louis; Jasper County Records Center, Carthage; Kansas City Public Library, Missouri Valley Room; Kirkwood Historical Society; Lindenwood University, St. Charles; Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City; Missouri State Museum, Jefferson City; Museum of Missouri Military History, Jefferson City; National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis; Powers Museum, Carthage; Saint Louis Art Museum; Saint Louis University Archives & Manuscripts; Truman State University Special Collections & Archives, Kirksville; University of Missouri-Kansas City Special Collections; University of Missouri Rare Book and Special Collections, Columbia; Walt Disney Hometown Museum, Marceline; and Washington University School of Medicine, Bernard Becker Medical Library, Archives and Rare Books, St. Louis.