Remembering the Great War
August 13, 2016-December 31, 2016
Remembering the Great War: the 100th Anniversary of WWI. This exhibit features uniforms, medals, swords, ordnances, an assortment of regulation supplies, trench art and propaganda posters. Over 40 firearms--rifles, pistols, revolvers, lugers, and bayonets are included. A number of the our displays focus on soldiers from Ohio. For example, Coshocton residents will enjoy seeing an officer's uniform and quartermaster footlocker owned by Coshocton soldier, G. B. Brode. Photos and medals from two other local soldiers, Oliver Buser and Friend Powell, are also displayed. Buser and Powel served in the US 332nd Infantry Division, and their division helmet features a griffin logo that can be seen. Although military gear issued by the American, German, British and French governments constitutes most of the exhibit, personal items are also included.
Many of the relics are unique collectibles such as the Imperial German presentation swords. One has an ivory hilt and lion-head pommel. The blade is inscribed with the recipient's name, Oswald Fritzsche. Soldiers also personalized their helmets and gas mask bags with "trench art", created either while on the battlefield or soon afterwards. An exceptional example of trench art is the German infantry helmet that was altered after the war. After painting it gray, the veteran attached the brass eagle plate from the pickelhaube, the Prussian spiked dress Infantry helmet. A number of Allied hate belts are also on display. These popular war souvenirs were made from the leather belt of a newly deceased or captured German soldier. The victorious soldier claimed the belt and then festooned it with buttons and tabs from the defeated solider and then added his own medals and pins. One British hate belt is particularly elaborate, covered end to end with insignias, buttons, and medals.
This exhibit also features gear and souvenir groupings from single soldiers. An example of one such grouping is that of Edmund Arsenault. It contains about 25 items including his tunic with 42nd Division (Rainbow) patch, various stripes, eating and grooming gear, the handbook "Notes on German Artillery Material", the book Speak French A Book for Soliders, and some postcards bought while he was with the Army Occupation in Germany after the war. Another grouping was used by Professor S. Wells, an African American solider from Ramage, West Virginia. This grouping includes his camouflaged 2nd Division helmet, gas mask with filled out usage-card, and souvenir German canteen and gas mask. Although it was unusual for African American soldiers in uniform to have photos taken, one can be seen of Wells in the form of a postcard that he sent to his wife. His collection was kept in his ship carry-on bag.
This fascinating exhibit about a horrible period in modern history will appeal to collectors, history buffs, and all who are interested in human resourcefulness. This exhibit is sponsored by Auer Ace Hardware in Coshocton. Thank you to The Ohio Arts Council who also helped fund this event with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.
A Playground of Color
This favorite community show features over 200 works, wonderful expressions of talent, freshness and energy. Artwork is made by students in kindergarten through sixth grade who attend elementary and middle schools in Coshocton’s city and county schools, as well as from Coshocton Christian School and home school. Works are chosen by the students’ art teachers for their creativity and excellence.
"It’s an awesome way to make a child feel important…successful."
A favorite of the community, this special exhibit features over 100 works from the area high schools. The theme this year is Lots and Lots of Dots. Pieces for the show are chosen by art teachers for their outstanding use of an artistic principle.