Open April 2017 to January 2019
The Museum of the American G.I. is proud to present Over There: America in WWI, a centennial commemoration of America’s role in the Great War. Join us as we explore American life before the war, its build up as the US recruited and equipped its soldiers, the efforts to fund the war effort through bonds, frugality on the home front, and life for the men and women who served “over there.” The exhibit features over 40 original posters, uniforms, restored trucks, and the only operational FT-17 Renault tank in North America!
In a nod to the museum’s ties to Texas A&M University, we are honored to display James Vernon “Pinky” Wilson’s items from his time in service in WWI and when he was a student at Texas A&M University. Pinky Wilson was a United States Marine in WWI and member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 1920. In October 1918 while in a trench in France, Pinky found himself reflecting on his time at his time at Texas A&M. Drawing from a variety of “Aggie Yells” common to the time, he wrote the lyrics of what became known as the “Aggie War Hymn” on the back of a letter from home. Upon returning to Texas A&M after the war, the song caught on and was adopted by the university. In 1921, at halftime of the football game against Baylor, the Aggie War Hymn was officially played by the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band for the 1st time. “Hullabaloo, Caneck! Caneck!” remains one of the most iconic and recognizable openings to a collegiate song in all of America today. To honor all who served in WWI, Jane Metz was commissioned to create a painting reflecting those thoughts of home in the midst of war. The original painting, Hullaballo, is on display at the Museum of the American G.I. as part of the Pinky Wilson’s exhibit.