Chemung County Historical Society unveils “The Great War” exhibit


In honor of the 100 year anniversary of America’s involvement in World War One,  the Chemung County Historical Society has unveiled a new exhibit on “The Great War.”

Inside you can find a number of historic documents, outfits, medals, relics, and explore what life was like for those serving overseas and on the home front. 

The exhibit pays tribute to the men and women of Chemung County that answered the call to service, including accounts of war from John Feister, a former Elmira newspaper writer.

“He actually worked for a local newspaper here, he was one of the first volunteers that signed up, and when he went overseas, he brought his typewriter with him,” Chemung Valley History Museum Curator, Erin Doane said. “He would send letters back to the newspaper to be printed about what it was like overseas when he was serving in France. We actually do have his typewriter on display here in the exhibit. “

The museum costs $5 for adults and “The Great War” exhibit will remain open through May of 2018. 

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