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Come on out to the American Heritage Museum on Halloween Day, Sunday, October 31st from 10am to 5pm for Tank or Treat at the Museum! Trick or Treating with candy at your favorite tanks, activities, and photo opportunities galore! Any kids in costume get free admission with at least one adult / veteran / senior standard admission. See more at: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/tank-or-treat-halloween-at-the-american-heritage-museum/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Please join us at the American Heritage Museum this Friday, October 22nd for an interesting talk on the botanical history of WWII. No reservations needed. Standard admission. More information see: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/speaker-series-plants-go-to-war-a-botanical-history-of-world... ... See MoreSee Less

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The American Heritage Museum wishes to thank ALL of our visitors to the 2021 Battle for the Airfield World War II Re-Enactment weekend for experiencing a fantastic weekend of living history with us here in Hudson/Stow, MA! It was one of the best event weekends we have had and we thank everyone for making it a safe and fun event after a challenging year for all of us.A special thank you goes out to our volunteer re-enactors from all over the region who share their time, collections, and knowledge with all of us. Their passion for keeping history alive is clearly evident through their dedication to accurately portraying veterans from World War II on both the Allied and Axis sides. Without their help, the Battle for the Airfield truly would not be possible. And last, but certainly not least, a well deserved thank you goes out to the volunteers and staff of the American Heritage Museum. Their tireless support in planning, setting up, staffing, and cleaning up after all of our special event weekends each season is truly incredible. Thank you for your dedication to our mission and being here to answer the call. Just like a tank cannot fight without the crew; the museum could not operate without our volunteers... We look forward to a wonderful 2022 season next year with lots of amazing special events here at the American Heritage Museum - we hope to see you ALL here again soon!Photos by John Collins. ... See MoreSee Less

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Starting to pull out some of the armor for this weekend's re-enactment. This will be one for the books! More information see: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/wwii-re-enactment-battle-for-the-airfield/ ... See MoreSee Less

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WWI Trench Experience


M1917 6-Ton Tank
– USA | LIGHT TANK

Ford Model T Ambulance – USA | AMBULANCE

German 1917 Maschinengewehr 08 – GERMANY | MACHINE GUN

World War I began in 1914 after a series of disputes that reached a tipping point when Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb Yugoslav nationalist, assassinated Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Austria attacked Serbia, supported by Germany. Russia supported its ally Serbia against Austria and Germany, which next attacked Russia’s ally France, invading through Belgium. Britain then declared war on Germany, bringing its world empire into the fight, from India to Australia to Canada. Bulgaria and the Ottoman empire joined the Central Powers of Austria and Germany, while Italy (1915) and the United States (1917) eventually joined the Allied powers, which numbered 28 by the end of the war in 1918.

H.G. Wells thought it might become the ‘war to end all war,’ a hope echoed by Woodrow Wilson. It did not. Instead, it unleashed horrors of modern war and social and political destruction that we live with still. WWI was one of the deadliest conflicts in history with an estimated 9 million combat deaths, and 13 million civilian deaths as a direct result of the conflict. World War I was a significant turning point in the political, cultural, economic, and social climate of the world. The war and its immediate aftermath sparked numerous revolutions, uprisings and the shattering of four empires: German, Ottoman, Austrian, and Russian. It began the breakup of all the old empires, including the worldwide British and French empires. Its major effect was to set the stage for the calamity of WWII, which was even more destructive. Together, the two world wars finished off all the old European imperial systems, leaving many quarrels over territory in successor nations and memories of wartime horrors that still lead to military conflict today.

The setting of the immersive WWI Trench Experience is the bleak, frightening, battle-torn landscape of Saint-Mihiel, France. The WWI battle of Saint-Mihiel was a major clash along the western front fought from September 12th to 15th, 1918. It was the first battle to involve the American Expeditionary Force led by General John J. Pershing. The attack at Saint-Mihiel was part of the plan by Pershing to have the Americans break through the heavily trenched and fortified German lines and capture the city of Metz. It was the first offensive launched primarily by the United States Army.

The main narrative character in the WWI Trench Experience represents nurse Helen Dore Boylston from New Bedford, Massachusetts. She graduated as a nurse from Massachusetts General Hospital in 1915 and sailed for France to serve in the First World War with the Harvard Medical Unit, as part of the British Expeditionary Force. She nursed the wounded at a front-line field hospital specializing as a nurse anesthetist and reaching the rank of captain.  Boylston wrote about her experiences in a book Sister: The War Diary of a Nurse, which was published in 1927. Some of Helen Dore Boylston’s excerpts from her diary are recreated in enthralling dialogue and presentation.

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