History To-Go: World War I

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WWI was a time of activity and change for North Carolina. Between the years of 1917 and 1918, over 480,000 men were signed up for the draft and over 85,000 soldiers were sent overseas to fight. Some women volunteered for service with the Red Cross and worked as nurses at home and overseas. Others helped keep the home front going while men were away. Fayetteville saw the creation of Camp Bragg, which would grow to become Fort Bragg.

Children had to help with the war effort too. They were expected to help raise food by planting gardens and canning what they grew . In 1917 seventeen times as many cans of food were preserved as in 1916. It was important not to be wasteful with food and other materials that could help soldiers in their fight. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts participated in patriotic rallies and worked to sell war bonds. Girl Scouts also made scrapbooks for hospitals and wrapped Christmas gifts for soldiers. Other girl groups competed to grow the largest potato crop, babysat for women working in war factories, and helped the Red Cross make and roll bandages.

June's "History To-Go" box features World War I! You can come by the museum starting Tuesday June 7, 2022 to pick up a box (limit 2 per family). Limited supplies, so come early!  You can select the links below to access the box contents if you cannot get to the museum to pick yours up!

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Thanks to funding from the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex Foundation Inc, and the Arts Council of Fayetteville we are offering FREE "History To-Go", take home craft kits.