WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- A new exhibit open in Washington, D.C. looks into the lives of four women who served alongside the U.S. military during World War I.
The women involved were two U.S. Army nurses, a U.S. Navy Yeoman and a YMCA worker. Curators of the exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum hope to display what World War I looked like "in her words."
They'll be doing so by displaying artifacts such as letters, uniforms, ID badges and notebooks.
“This exhibition raises awareness of the extraordinary work of women during World War I,” said Elliot Gruber, director of the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum, told the Smithsonian's website. “The letters on display offer a unique window into the experiences of four individuals and the motivations to serve their country.”
The exhibit opened in February and is expected to be open to the public through May 8. It is displayed adjacent to another World War I themed exhibition which also delves into the lives of soldiers during that time period.
A foundation which commemorates women in military service helped develop the project. They tell the Smithsonian's website that the exhibit is a testament to the women's patriotism.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum and share these treasured, rare letters from our collection to enlighten the public about the contributions of American women serving in World War I,” said retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Dee Ann McWilliams, president of the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation. “This exhibition, through the individual stories of the four women highlighted, collectively honors a groundbreaking generation of women and speaks to their patriotism, professionalism and devotion to duty.”