Volunteers of Illinois State Military Museum to Build WWI Trench

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The staff and volunteers are building the replica WWI trench in preparation for the Great War Encampment Nov. 12-13. Free and open to the public, the Great War Encampment is an effort to create interest and understanding of the participation of Illinois Soldiers of the 33rd Infantry Division and the 370th Infantry Regiment in World War I. Besides a lecture series and displays of WWI era uniforms and military equipment, the November event will include re-enactments of WWI skirmishes, gas attacks, trench raids and the presentation of the Medal of Honor to 1st Sgt. Johannes Anderson of the 33rd Infantry Division by Gen. John Pershing.


• The Illinois State Military Museum staff, Living History Detachment Great War enthusiasts and volunteers.


• Museum staff and volunteers, many in period World War I uniforms, will construct a WWI trench that will be a key feature of the educational activities during the Great War Encampment.

WHEN: Saturday October 15, 2011 at 11:00AM Central Time (US & Canada)

WHERE:Illinois State Military Museum

Camp Lincoln

1301 N. MacArthur Blvd

Springfield, Illinois 62702