February 2 - May 13, 2018
As the United States commemorates the centennial anniversary of the American military entering World War I, the Longmont Museum unveils a new exhibition illustrating Longmont’s role in the Great War. WWI: Longmont & the Great War tells the personal stories of World War I through the experiences of people from Longmont – soldiers, doctors, and nurses in training and overseas, as well as citizens on the homefront.
Items from the Museum’s collections make up the bulk of the exhibition, including full infantry uniforms, artifacts relating to medical care during the War, an airplane propeller, propaganda posters, photographs, letters and diaries, and many other personal objects. The exhibition also features a 2/3 scale bi-plane—a locally-made Curtiss JN-4 “Jenny” replica of the planes used by U.S. Army pilots in training during the War.
Become immersed in this story of Longmont’s history – a collective sacrifice that affected every member of our community 100 years ago.
Presented by UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital
Friday, February 2, 6 – 8 pm
$8 Adults, $5 Students/Seniors/Veterans, Children 3 and under free, Museum members free
Be among the first to explore the new exhibition. Experience the culture of France – like our soldiers and nurses did during WWI – right at the Museum with an evening reception complete with complimentary appetizers from Cheese Importers and live jazz. Cash bar.
WINGS Special Screening with Orchestra
March 18, 2 pm, $15 adults, $12 seniors/students/veterans
Come join us for this WWI special event screening of WINGS, the most famous silent film about WWI ever made. Winning the very first Best Film Oscar, this aerial adventure features two fledgling aviators itching to take on the Kaiser’s aces. Starring Clara Bow, Charles ‘Buddy’ Rogers, Richard Arlen, and Gary Cooper.
The Mont Alto Orchestra, a five-piece chamber ensemble, will perform the musical score for the film. Mont Alto was formed in Colorado in 1989, and has scored more than 125 silent films using historic orchestrations. Buy tickets online
WWI History Lectures
Buy tickets online for these lectures or call the box office at 303-651-8374.
Think and Drink – War & Civilization
February 8, 6:30 pm, $5
This program has been cancelled. Please attend one of our other great history lectures!
Longmont in the Great War
February 22, 6:30 pm, $5
One hundred years ago, men and women left their homes in Longmont to serve in World War I. In this presentation, Heather Thorwald, a curator of the exhibit, shares dramatic stories of ordinary people whose lives were changed by this extraordinary event. Buy tickets online
Deadly Laboratories – The Evolution of Tactics & Technology in the First World War
April 5, 6:30 pm, $5
Do you think of trench warfare as the insane tactic of old, mustachioed generals who didn’t care about the lives of their soldiers? Go beyond pop culture characterization to get a firsthand look at the small arms of the First World War and connect with the hardships and experiences of the soldiers who carried them with this presentation by local history buff, Benjamin White-Patarino. Buy tickets online
Views & Brews WWI Film Series
As a complement to our exhibition, enjoy a series of films that illustrate life during this era Thursday nights March 1 - 22. Learn more and buy tickets