On April 6th, 2017 a photo exhibition, “The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas: Military College and Federal Training Camp” opened in conjunction with “Over There: America in WWI” at the Museum of the American GI. The photographic exhibit shows the College on a war footing with ROTC training for Aggies as well as scenes of the Federal training programs. These Federal programs were in three areas, Land Division of the Signal Corps (radio communications and electricians), Mechanic and Technician Detachment (auto mechanics, blacksmiths, farriers) and the Signal Corps School of Meteorology, and were trained by campus faculty. Reproductions of the the March 21, 1917, Faculty Resolution offering the faculty and campus facilities to the federal government and news coverage from the Bryan Weekly Eagle are present, as well as portraits of President Bizzell, Commandants of the Corps of Cadets, and Capt William Martin. Also on display are proclamations and letters of support from city, county, university, and state officials about the Centennial.
“Over There: America in WWI, a centennial commemoration of America’s role in the Great War” explores American life before the war, its build up as the US recruited and equipped its soldiers, the efforts to fund the war effort through bonds, frugality on the home front, and life for the men and women who served “over there.” The exhibit features original posters, uniforms, restored trucks, and the only operational FT-17 Renault tank in North America! The exhibit will host special events to highlight the machines of World War I and the men who operated them. For more information, visit the homepage of The Museum of the American GI.