The War at Home: World War I Comes to Texas (Exhibit)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 1:00pm to Friday, December 21, 2018 - 4:00pm

Neill-Cochran House Museum
2310 San Gabriel St.
Austin  Texas  78705

The War at Home: World War I Comes to Texas

On view March 21 through December 21, 2018  

This exhibit takes us back in time one hundred years to life as experienced by Texans during World War I. The war was disruptive to family life in many ways. Enlistments certainly separated families, but everyday life was also impacted by pressure to purchase war bonds, the Spanish Flu, and to a certain level by the militarization of society and food rationing.

While the image of the "dough-boy" that has come down to us today is of a white American soldier, the war effort affected all families. Mexican-Americans, African-Americans, and German-Americans in many ways struggled to prove their Americanness while the country was at war, a struggle that was as acute in Texas as in the rest of the country.

Using the experiences of the Cochran family and other Austinites as a guide, we explore the impact of the Great War on the lives of the people who remained on the home front and the relationships they maintained with soldiers who served elsewhere and abroad.

For more information about this exhibit contact the Neill-Cochran House Museum at 512-478-2335 or visit their website.