The exhibition Answering America's Call: Newport News in World War I commemorates the 100th anniversary of America’s involvement in the War to End All Wars and will remain open through September 30, 2020.

World War I was a transformational event and time period for Hampton Roads and the entire United States, marking the emergence of the U.S. as a major world power. Answering America's Call chronicles the transformation of Newport News — and by extension the country — as a result of the war. America’s involvement in the war is shown through primary sources, like personal letters, diaries, journals, and photographs of participants, including the men and women who served locally or who were shipped overseas through the Port of Embarkation.

This exhibition features artifacts, photographs, and documents relating to the camps located here in Newport News (Camp Hill, Camp Stuart, and Camp Alexander) as well as the critically important Animal Embarkation Depot and its counterpart in Saint-Nazaire, France. Stories are told about how the community supported the war effort through Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company and numerous civilian agencies. The exhibition also examines the construction of Hilton Village as a means of accommodating the large influx of shipyard workers into the area.

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  • Starting Friday, August 23rd, 2019, repeats every day until Wednesday, September 30, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


The Mariners' Museum and Park

100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606


The Mariners' Museum and Park