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A Missouri Museum Digital Salute to WWI

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Men of Battery D, 105th Field Artillery, smile and wave their helmets, underneath an American flag, upon firing the last shot before the Armistice's taking effect, Etraye, France, November 1918. US Army photo. (Photo by Interim Archives/Getty Images)

Men of Battery D, 105th Field Artillery, smile and wave their helmets, underneath an American flag, upon firing the last shot before the Armistice’s taking effect, Etraye, France, November 1918. US Army photo. (Photo by Interim Archives/Getty Images)

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Two Missouri museums are collaborating with the Springfield-Greene County Library District to create a digital archive of the state’s World War I history.

The Museum of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville and the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis are participating in the project known as “Over There: Missouri and the Great War.” The groups will use a state grant of nearly $48,000 to place documents, photographs, artifacts and other historical records into a single digital archive.

More than 156,000 Missourians served in the first world war, including Gen. John J. Pershing, future President Harry S. Truman and Walt Disney.

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