World War I

World War I



During World War I, 4.7 million Americans served in the military, among them Louis Santop Loftin, Ella Jane Osborn, and James Reese Europe. Louis Santop Loftin served in the US Navy, leaving behind a successful career in Negro Leagues baseball but returning to it after the war. Ella Jane Osborn was a nurse with the American Expeditionary Forces in France, serving just a few miles from the western front. Bandleader James Reese Europe was a lieutenant in the 369th Regiment, known as the Harlem Hellfighters.



Image Source: Ernest Dudley Chase, Service Stamps from World War I, 1917, Gilder Lehrman Institute, GLC07810.106

Note from a WWI stamp book with cartoon silhouette of fighting

Lives and Legacies of US Veterans and Service Members

Professional Development

A mix of online and in-person PD sessions exploring American Veterans' and Service Members' lives on and off the battlefield.

Lesson Plans

These units focus on the service and sacrifice of military personnel help students learn and practice the skills to analyze visual and textual source materials.

Online Exhibition

This online exhibition introduces viewers to nineteen men and women who served during six conflicts in American history.