The role of America in “the war to end all wars” is misunderstood. Most people think only of the 1917-18 period when U.S. soldiers marched off to save the world, not realizing that from 1914-17 the nation was opposed to the war.
Songs of the period show the changing attitude of the American public, from neutrality and anti-war sentiments to entry into the war and the ultimate defeat of Germany. World War II and the Cold War make more sense when you understand what happened between 1914-18.
Wells features a special section of patriotic songs written by Nebraskans from Chadron to Omaha. A 45-minute slide program and a large display of sheet music are included.