by April Foster
A museum on wheels rolled into Boise today (Sunday, Oct. 23), to commemorate World War I. The traveling gallery is loaded with old artifacts like weapons, tools, equipment, uniforms, flags and posters for spectators looking to experience a bit of world history.
The Boise stop is part of the Waddell and Reed’s “Honoring Our History” tour that stretches across 75 cities and 30,000 miles. The exhibition is contained in an 18-wheel truck that folds out into a 900-square-foot museum. It comes complete with a walk-through trench that helps simulate the burrowed environments soldiers used to fend off enemy artillery.
“The U.S. was a pretty young country back when the war started, so a lot of national and world events since then were shaped by World War I,” said Bryan Scamman, managing principal for Waddell and Reed. “There were also 16.5 million deaths in the war, which makes it the sixth largest war in history. After World War II lots of people seem to forget World War I. It’s important to honor this part of our nation’s history and the veterans who fought in it.”
The exhibition will be located at the Idaho Military History Museum, near Gowen Field, until 2 p.m. It’s a free event, but donations will benefit the National World War I museum in Kansas City, and the Idaho Military History Museum.