Cullman County Museum hosting special WWI centennial poster exhibit


The exhibit of recruiting posters and war bond ads on the museum’s upper floor includes a copy of the famous Uncle Sam “I Want You” poster. / Cullman County Museum

CULLMAN – The United States quietly entered the centennial of its 1917-18 involvement in World War I this year, but the signs of commemoration are around if one knows where to look.  Right now, they’re hanging on the walls of the Cullman County Museum.

The museum is hosting a new, temporary exhibit, Art of the Great War: World War I Posters from the Alabama Archives.

During World War I, many renowned artists volunteered their skills on the home front, creating compelling and beautiful posters promoting the war effort, said a statement from the museum.

This exhibit features examples of these evocative posters from the Alabama Archives' collections, exploring the symbolic imagery and the artists who created them.  These colorful posters provide a striking reminder of the wartime experiences of Alabamians on the home front.

The exhibit is located on the second floor of the Cullman County Museum, and is free to the public.  For more information, contact Drew Green at 256-739-1258.  The museum is located at 211 Second Ave. NE and is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays 1:30-4:30 p.m. (closed on Saturdays).

Art of the Great War is part of the Alabama Department of Archives and History’s new Alabama History D.I.Y. program that provides curated museum exhibits and other how-to resources to local museums, archives, historical societies, government and other community organizations around the state. For more information, visit

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