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World War I: Stark County, Ohio

Stark County in the Great War

“Where in all history, sacred or secular, and where in all this wide land is there any evidence of greater patriotism than was shown by Stark County, Ohio?”
(Honor Roll of Ohio 1917-1918, Stark County Edition)

Exhibition in Main Gallery & Second Floor
On exhibit June 10 – November 12, 2017

This exhibit will commemorate the centennial of America's involvement in World War I, featuring artifacts from the permanent collection, and community members, celebrating those who served from Stark County, Ohio.

Massillon's own "Company K,"
later Company A of the 136th

The men posed in front of city hall, 1917.
Gift of Dan Douglass (90.25.211)

Collection Massillon Museum

Related Events

Exhibition Opening: Stark County in the Great War
The overseas and homefront efforts of Stark Countians
Reception: Paintings and Drawings by John W. Carlson
Studio M exhibition continues through June 25

Fun, Fitness & the First Garden (History, Health, and the Environment)
At The National First Ladies’ Library, in partnership with Stark Parks and MassMu—family fun event
Required reservations: 330.452.0876 x307

TUESDAY, JULY 25 • 12:10–12:50 PM • FREE
Brown Bag Lunch—Dr. Leslie Heaphy Presents: “Women in World War I”

Bring or buy lunch, coffee and cookie provided, no reservations required

History Happy Hour with Dr. Molly Sergi

Social time and a half-hour presentation about memories and war • Purchase wine and beer

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 • 12:00 PM • $35
Laura Loew—“Women on the Move: Fashions from the Great War Era”

World War I Fashion Show and Luncheon at MAPS Museum
Fundraiser for MassMu’s Capital Campaign • Tickets at massillonmuseum.org

Author Elaine F. Weiss Presents: “Fruits of Victory: The Woman╩╝s Land Army of America in the Great War”

At The National First Ladies’ Library—required reservations: 330.452.0876 x307

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 • 2:00 PM • $5
Dear Mother and All—original play by Sandra Perlman

Based on the WWI letters of Charles Vernon Brown and his family, at the Lincoln Theatre

Whippet tank in Navarre, Ohio, August 13, 1919. Photograph by William L. Bennett
Gift of William L. Bennett (BC 1871.2)
Collection Massillon Museum

Information on Stark County in the Great War:

Units from Stark County that served in World War I:

  • Alliance- Company K, 146th Infantry
  • Massillon and Minerva- Company A, 136th Machine Gun Battalion
  • Massillon- Company K, 10th Ohio Infantry (incorporated into Company A of the 136th)
  • Canton- 145th Ambulance Company
  • Stark County- 332nd Infantry

Stark County World War I Archives online:

Podcast: Oral History Interviews with World War I soldiers

Enjoy audio interviews with a variety of subjects. Perspectives of the conflict include Marine and Army soldiers, a 9-year-old boy, a Swiss immigrant, and a group of soldiers sharing their experiences.

Propaganda Posters

The Massillon Museum preserves more than 50 World War I propaganda posters in the archives. Some use scare tactics, some tug at the heart strings, and some remind Americans that everyone must play a role.

The American Red Cross in Stark County

Upon America’s entry into the First World War, the American Red Cross underwent rapid growth as a humanitarian organization.  Stark County’s chapters—Canton, Alliance, and Massillon—reflect the vigor of this period.  The chapters performed activities such as creating bandages and comfort bags. Read more about Stark County's contributions and see photographs from Massillon's chapter.

World War I Returning Soldiers pamphlet


Charles F. Breckel's soldier photo album 1917-1919



Thank you to everyone who shared their artifacts and history at Community Archives Day!

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