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‘Over There’ Over Here at WTC

February 29, 2012

“Over There:  American Involvement in the Great War,” the latest display produced by Angelo State University’s West Texas Collection, will debut Thursday, March 8, with a lecture by Dr. Charles Endress, a military historian and former head of ASU’s History Department.

Through historical photographs, artifacts and memorabilia, the display in the West Texas Collection Gallery on the second floor of the Houston Harte University Center offers a personal glimpse into those turbulent years when war was first fought on a global scale. 

Endress will speak on World War I at 6:30 p.m., and the display will remain open until 9 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.  The display and talk are jointly sponsored by the Friends of the ASU Library and ASU’s Xi Zeta Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the international honor society for history.  

The display includes sections on the origins of the war and on Concho Valley individuals who served in the conflagration and are remembered today through their photographs.  Photographs of the war, trench art and various period posters will also be shown.  The exhibit also displays some of the equipment used in the war as represented by various artifacts, including a uniform, various helmets, a McClellan saddle, gas masks, bayonets and other trappings of war. 

One special feature of the exhibit is the section on 3D and the use of the stereoscope during this period.  This early technology was the precursor of 3D as we know it today. 

Materials from the West Texas Collection include documents and photos from the collections of Annabelle Ratliff Allen and Asa James Ratliff; Jim Coffey; Duwain Pingenot; J.B. Sammon; R.O. Barton; Tom Green County Historical Society; and Friends of the ASU Library.  

Several individuals, groups or firms have loaned materials for the exhibit.  They include Cole’s Army Surplus; Joel and Ann Howerton; Susan Ball; Concho County Museum; Jim Coffey; Hope Garza; Dr. Virginia Noelke; Dr. Charles Endress; Fort Concho; Terrye Richards; Dr. and Mrs. Maurice Fortin; Mary Lee Lenertz; Joe and Lynda Clark; and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mayer.