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World War I Experience Coming to Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Groups can step into the daily life of a World War I soldier at the Great War Encampment on November 22 – 23 at the Illinois State Military Museum.

The event will transport visitors to a WWI battlefield through demonstrations of raids, skirmishes and trench warfare. Indoor and outdoor exhibits, military equipment and lectures for WWI and military historians also help to bring the past to life.

Living historians and period re-enactors will come from across the Midwest to attend the weekend event. The encampment commemorates the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War in 1914. Visitors can learn about both Allied and Central Powers at the event.

“The Great War Encampment offers a unique living history experience for groups, and is a great compliment to our other historic sites and events,” said Gina Gemberling, Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau acting director.

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