Over There and Back Here – Unionville in WWI  ————————————- Exhibit Brochure

This, our 80th exhibit opened on August 26th.  “Over There & Back Here – Unionville in WWI” explored the two years of the United States’ involvement in the “War to End all Wars”.  It ran through Armistice Day – November 11 – the date that marked the end of the First World War. 

The centenary of the war led us to take a closer look at Unionville’s involvement.  Surprisingly, despite Unionville’s thriving business community, few of the manufacturers produced goods for the war.  On the other hand, all of them fully participated in local efforts to support the war through the sale of bonds and were instrumental in Unionville’s outstanding record for bond purchases as well as their donations to other war support organizations such as the Red Cross and the YMCA.  

The exhibit focused on two primary subjects – the Unionville men who fought and their community back home.  Men from Unionville began to volunteer for service early on.  Eventually  more than 100 of them became active members of the various services.  About half of them were deployed in Europe, mostly in France.  Three of these men were either killed in action or died ater of wounds received in battle.  One other, Harold Joyce, died in France, after the Armistice of the “Spanish Flu”.  Others were stationed in various military facilities in the U.S.  Some were members of the Navy and Naval Reserve. 

This look back at Unionville in WWI included two related events:  a discussion about Unionville and Connecticut’s roles in the First World War featuring Christine Pittsley of the Connecticut State library and a closing celebration on Armistice Day, November 11th which honored the 104 men who served from Unionville. The celebration included the reading of the men’s names and the playing of taps.  The photographs below were taken by Gary Antigiovanni at the closing celebration.