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Nicholls to host World War I Exhibit and Reception

October 23, 2017

Nicholls will be hold a World War I and America Flag Viewing and Exhibit Reception on Oct. 23 at 6:30
p.m. in honor of the 100 year anniversary of World War I.

Helen Thomas, assistant archivist in the library, explained that the World War I and America Flag
Viewing Exhibit Reception will take place in two parts.

The first part will be a flag viewing located in the Cotillion Ballroom. The flag is 100 years old and
belongs to the Houma Elks. Guests will be able to walk around the flag as well as see the Houma Elks
Flag Day ritual. Houma Elks Lodge members will also be able to take a picture with the flag.

Part two will take place in the Archives and Special Collections Department on the first floor of the
Ellender Memorial Library, where guests will be able to view the World War I and America Exhibits.
Refreshments will be provided as well.

The exhibit on the first floor features memorabilia loaned by locals, family members of World War I
veterans and the Regional Military Museum. Thomas believes it is interesting to “tell stories of how local
people fit into a global event”.

The Archives and Special Collections Department is hosting the event with help from the Veteran Affairs
Department on campus and the Houma Elks. Thomas stated that the exhibit is “not traveling” but was
“funded by a grant by the Library of America”.

Thomas stated it is important “to commemorate the centennial and recognize the impact of World War I
on society.”

The reception will be held in the Cotillion Ballroom of the Bollinger Memorial Student Union on campus.

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