To commemorate the contributions and sacrifices made by the citizens in the Brazos County during World War I, the Museum of the American G.I. has partnered with the Brazos County World War I Centennial Committee to host special exhibits on A Shared Experience: Brazos County in the Great War 1917-1918
Camp Aggie: Military College and Federal Training Camp – April – September 2017
The photographic exhibit shows the College on a war footing with ROTC training for Aggies as well as scenes of the Federal training programs. These Federal programs were in three areas, Land Division of the Signal Corps (radio communications and electricians), Mechanic and Technician Detachment (auto mechanics, blacksmiths, farriers) and the Signal Corps School of Meteorology, and were trained by campus faculty. Reproductions of the the March 21, 1917, Faculty Resolution offering the faculty and campus facilities to the federal government and news coverage from the Bryan Weekly Eagle are present, as well as portraits of President Bizzell, Commandants of the Corps of Cadets, and Capt William Martin. The exhibit was prepared by Anton Duplessis and Greg Bailey, archivists at Texas A&M Cushing Library.
Camp Aggie: Military College and Federal Training Camp is now on display at the Brazos County Administration Building, located at 200 Texas Avenue in Bryan, Texas 77803
Women of Resilience – September 2017 – March 2018
The exhibit focuses on Brazos County’s women veterans of World War I and the contributions of women at home. It tells the stories of nine women who served as nurses and as yeoman during the war. On the home front, the American Red Cross played a vital role in encouraging those at home to knit socks and mufflers, sew bedshirts, make comfort kits, and take nursing classes. In addition, women were raising money for liberty bonds, planting gardens, and preserving food through canning clubs. Bryan’s William Scott Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution , organized in February 1916, raised money, knitted articles, attended to sick soldiers on the A&M campus, and supported four French orphans.This exhibit was prepared by Dr. Shawn B. Carlson, Curator of Collections and Exhibits at Star of the Republic Museum and Regent of La Villita Chapter NSDAR, Mary Shearer, Regent of William Scott Chapter NSDAR, and Pamela Marshall, Past Regent of Come & Take It Chapter NSDAR.