Spokane Guardsmen train with machine guns prior to the war.  Detail from The Spokane Daily Chronicle, March 27, 1917.

For Spokane, the First World War was a traumatic event that resulted in the deaths of 183 local men overseas.  The conflict tapped into the regions abundance of agriculture wealth and connect the city to the world  like never before.   This project highlights the city and it’s people both right before the war, and during it.  It also covers some of the troops deployed to France, and includes a collection of service record cards and photographs from the local War Committee during 1921-1922.