AUGUSTA — A Pop-Up Museum will kick off the 100-year anniversary of Mainers’ Involvement in World War I “Over There and Down Home: World War I and Maine” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Maine State Cultural Building, 230 State St.

Individuals and historical societies across Maine are invited to share artifacts, documents, photographs and memories from the 1914-18 period at a free pop-up museum event hosted by the Maine State Museum, Maine State Library and Maine State Archives.

“Both at home and abroad, World War I had a remarkable impact on Mainers,” said Maine State Museum Curator Angela Goebel-Bain, one of the pop-up museum’s organizers, in a news release from the museum. “We are hoping that people will come to the pop-up museum to share stories, display family heirlooms, and learn about the events and experiences that brought such profound change to our state, nation, and world.”

“Pop-up museums have become very popular in recent years,” said Maine State Museum educator Joanna Torow, in the release. “People and organizations simply bring in artifacts, documents, and photographs about the pop-up museum’s theme, in this case, World War I. We’ll help everyone exhibit their treasures. Other visitors will then be able to see the items on display and learn about them from the owners. It all lasts only a few hours, and at the end of the day, the pop-up museum is gone!”

In addition to objects, photographs and documents brought in by others, the pop-up museum will feature World War I-related collections from the Maine State Museum, Maine State Library, Maine State Archives, and Maine Military Historical Society.

“A special added attraction at this pop-up museum will be talks from World War I historians who will take visitors from the Maine home front to the war zone in a series of illustrated lectures scheduled throughout the day,” said Goebel-Bain, in the release. Featured speakers will be State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth Jr., Maine State Museum Director Bernard Fishman, Maine Military Historical Society historian Lt. Jonathan Bratten and Springfield Armory retired historian Richard Colton.

For more information about the event, visit For more information about the pop-up museum, along with guidelines about how and when to bring objects, photographs and documents for display, contact Joanna Torow at 287-6608 or [email protected].

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