On display now at Slater’s Heritage Hall Museum is an extensive exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the USA’s entry into World War I. The exhibit includes many interesting stories and pieces of information about the life of the people at home and the Slater soldiers. The experiences are told in the soldiers’ own words from letters published in the old Slater News during the war. Included in the exhibit are treasured artifacts from Slater residents, including uniforms, equipment, records, dog tags and more.

Pictured is a photo from the exhibit of an influenza ward. In 1918, over 700 soldiers died at Camp Dodge from the flu. It also ravaged towns and cities all across the United States. Approximately 115,000 young people died from the disease, including Slater soldiers.

Come learn more about the country’s history and your history at Heritage Hall Museum, 318 First Ave. in Slater. Our hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursdays and 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday evenings — or call 515-480-9789 or 515-228-3293 to visit.