The Donald B. Palmer Museum of the Springfield Free Public Library will present the exhibit, “Over There and Over Here: Springfield, New Jersey and the World during the Great War,” now through the end of April, 2019.
Items on display include many belonging to longtime Springfield resident Donald B. Palmer, the benefactor of the museum and himself a mechanic and member of Company C of the 311th infantry during the Great War. In addition to photographs of platoons 1, 2 & 3 of the 311th infantry, visitors to the exhibit can see the Battle of Verdun Award that was issued to Donald Palmer after the war by the City of Verdun. Also on display is Mr. Palmer’s NJ Victory Medal. Additional items in the exhibit include military accessories such as the American Doughboy helmet and the instantly recognizable German Pickelhaube helmet with its distinctive spike. A sampling of guns and bayonets of the type that would have been used during the war are also on display as are various implements vital to the war effort that were used on the home front. This exhibit was curated by museum professionals Jesse Gordon and Alexsandra Simakowicz Gizzi.
This exhibit is made possible in part by a 2018 HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Admission to this exhibit is free and open to all members of the general public between 10:00 AM and one half hour before library closing, Monday through Saturday, and between 1:00 and 3:30 PM on Sundays. The Springfield Free Public Library is located at 66 Mountain Avenue.