The grand opening of “The Great War & The First State Exhibition,” the USS Delaware Silver Gallery and an unveiling of a new permanent installation of the original bell and name plate from the USS Delaware Battleship that served the U.S. during World War I is set for 9 a.m. Nov. 27 at the Delaware Public Archives, 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North, Dover.

In observance of the centennial of the United States entry into World War I, the staff of the Delaware Public Archives, along with State Archivist Stephen Marz and Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock and guest Sen. Tom Carper will open an exhibition detailing Delaware’s role in World War I, including documents and artifacts pertaining to the state’s role in the Great War and Delawareans who served in World War I; an exhibition of 85 pieces of trench art from the World War I era; documents, artifacts and a portrait pertaining to the battleship, the USS Delaware; the 22-piece USS Silver Service from the USS Delaware; and the newly conserved 888-pound bell and 350 name plate from the battleship.

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