World War I Centennial Commemoration

Apr 6 2017 - 9:00am to 11:30am

South Steps of the Texas Capitol
1100 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701

The World War I Texas Centennial LogoIn recognition of the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entrance into World War I, the THC commemorated the role Texas played in the Great War. Appearances from the 36th Infantry Band and living historians in historical attire gave visitors a sense of the turbulent times of 1917.

The THC also launched a new mobile app tour, “World War I: Texas and the Great War.” The tour details the dramatic transformation in landscape, industry, society, and populations that resulted from World War I and features a compelling blend of images, videos, maps, and information for discovering Texas’ important role in the Great War.

Other historic items of interest at the event included:

  • Model 1903 Springfield bolt action rifles
  • Model 1917 Enfield bolt action rifles
  • French Chaut Chaut automatic rifle (1915)
  • British Lewis Gun (light machine gun) (1914)
  • Model 1911 automatic pistol
  • a WWI gas mask
  • Trench periscopes
  • WWI military rations
  • WWI field manuals
  • Other various items