“The First World War” exhibit shares stories of New Mexicans who served

The First World War is a permanent exhibition at The New Mexico History Museum. Visitors can see images, letters objects and stories of the many New Mexicans who served.

The exhibit opened it’s door on November 11, 2018, the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice. The First World War exhibition investigates the contributions of New Mexicans to the war, through letters, photographs and objects. “We are proud to be able to recognize and remember that contribution and add The First World War as a permanent exhibition, to underscore the sacrifice and heartfelt letters home from these brave soldiers,” said Andrew Wulf, Director of the New Mexico History Museum.

New Mexico, only achieving statehood just two short years prior before the Great War broke out in 1914, contributed greatly to the war efforts. By the end of the first World War, New Mexico ranked fifth in the nation for military service, enlisting more than 17,000 recruits from all 33 New Mexican counties.

The war claimed the lives of 501 New Mexicans. The global conflict ended with the signing of the armistice Nov. 11, 1918.

New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors, a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs preserves, fosters, and interprets New Mexico’s diverse cultural heritage and expression for present and future generations, enhancing the quality of life and economic well-being of the state.

Learn more about the First World War exhibit from the New Mexico History Museum.