Florida Historic Capitol Museum readies to celebrate WW I centennial
By Patrick McCallister
For Veteran Voice
It was 100 years ago that the nation and Florida were debating entering the Great War. The debate ended on April 6, 1917 with Congress declaring war on the German Empire. A remnant of the war remains — Veterans Day, which started at Armistice Day in 1919.
On Jan. 26 the Florida Historic Capitol Museum is opening an exhibit to educate folks about the state’s roles in that war: Over Here and Over There: The United States, Florida and World War I. The exhibit will continue to May 21.
“With the centennial coming up it’s a great opportunity for us to look at a war that has been overshadowed by World War II,” Michelle Sunset, exhibits manager at the museum, said.