Rice County World War I Soldier Records

Highlights of the World War I digitization project, part 1 Today I would like to share with you some of the great resources I have been able to digitize as a part of this World War I project. One of our partners, the Rice County Historical Society, is home to an amazing collection of World War I records created by the Rice County War Records Committee. This committee was formed while World War I was underway primarily to create a historical record of those who served in the war from Rice County. The RCHS’s collection includes a basic...

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Items on exhibit at NHS

Items of the week: World War I artifacts Come to the Northfield Historical Society to see some of these World War I items in our latest exhibit – open until January 2018!

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World War I-era sheet music

Items of the week, for you music lovers: World War I-era sheet music. The copies we have digitized include hits like “When the War is Over, Will There Be Any Home Sweet Home?” and more. The lyrics offer great hints on how Americans felt about war service. For example, the song titled “America He’s For You!” by Andrew B. Sterling offers a mother’s perspective on sacrificing her sons to the war cause: [Verse 1] This is just another story of a mother and three sons, How she gave them to Old Glory like a million...

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Pvt. John Fredrickson and the 54th Pioneers

Item of the Week: Here is Private John Fredrickson’s handwritten poem about his unit in World War I: Company L of The 54th Pioneers, who were cross-trained in combat engineering and infantry tactics, and often were responsible for building the roads for their fellow troops – all while under heavy bombardment. Apparently the Pioneer Infantry units were often overlooked in stories about the war, and Fredrickson felt the need to laud their efforts when he wrote: We read about the dough boys and their valor, which is true, And of the...

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The St. Olaf Victory Viking Yearbook

In the spring of 1919, St. Olaf College published an annual yearbook commemorating the classes of 1919, 1920, 1921, and the Freshmen. It was a special year for St. Olaf students, since many of them in these classes had participated in World War I service at home, on military bases, and in Europe. For this reason, the yearbook was dedicated to those who served in the cause of world freedom. They called it the Victory Viking. Hints of war service appear on many of the pages within this yearbook. Illustrations of tanks and ships appear below...

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