Lest We Forget: WWI through the Eyes of Nine


November 11, 2017 – August 18, 2019

We may be better or worse — but we are not the same. Since the World War began, we have changed. Are you better or worse? You are not the same.
—Private Felix E. Brockmann of Greensboro, Ambulance Co. No. 321

A century ago, a Great War changed Greensboro and the world. It also changed nine lives. Lest We Forget: WWI through the Eyes of Nine looks at how our city experienced and continues to remember World War I.

Lest We Forget invites visitors to turn pages to learn about nine individuals connected by the Great War but whose experiences were very different. Through the stories of Maceo Alston, John Bean, Robert Campbell, Harriet Elliott, Margaret Falkener, Mary Mendenhall Hobbs, Malvin Johnson, Dorothy Hayden Conyers and C. M. Vanstory, visitors learn how the war affected people at home and abroad. The exhibit also includes glimpses into local volunteer companies, the Red Cross, the 1918 influenza outbreak and more.


View Sailors, Nurses, Sailors of Guilford County in the World War scrapbook, Vol. I and Vol. II, online at Textiles, Teachers and Troops: Greensboro, North Carolina, 1880-1945

World War I at North Carolina Digital Collections