Texas and the Great War — a New Map at the GLO

This post was underwritten by a generous contribution from the Texas Historical Foundation.

To help commemorate the centennial of American involvement in World War I and the Texans who fought in the Great War, the Texas General Land Office Save Texas History program has released a brand-new, limited-edition map — Texas and the Great War — sponsored by the Veterans Land Board.

Texas and the Great War, a limited run of 500 hand-numbered prints, will be given to all registrants of the 2017 Save Texas History Symposium. Remaining prints will be sold at SaveTexasHistory.org for $20.

This limited-edition, hand-numbered map, with a production run of only 500 prints, will be given to all registrants of the Save Texas History Symposium. The reverse features artwork reminiscent of a U.S. World War I propaganda poster encouraging Americans to get involved with the war (and also to register for the Save Texas History Symposium on Saturday, September 16 in Austin).

After the symposium, remaining prints will be sold for $20 at SaveTexasHistory.org. Proceeds from the map will be divided between the Texas General Land Office Save Texas History program, to raise money for map and document conservation and Texas history education, and the Texas Veterans Land Board, to raise money for Texas State Veterans Homes and Cemeteries.

The map features over 70 people and places in Texas that were significant to our state during World War I. Battleship Texas, which at the time of the war was the most powerful weapon in the world, is featured at its permanent home in the Houston Ship Channel at La Porte. In San Antonio, Kelly Field, the largest US Army training facility for pilots in Texas, as well as Camp Travis, where more than 208,000 soldiers trained, are highlighted.

The efforts of Texas women during World War I are represented by Roxie Henderson of Waco, whose collection of letters, postcards, and other documents from the war resides at Baylor University. Henderson was one of 450 women who served in France with the American Red Cross. The work done by Henderson and the Red Cross in Europe during World War I helped transform the organization from a relatively small outfit to the powerful global institution it is today.

In El Paso, Fort Bliss and John J. Pershing are featured, as well as information about the infamous Zimmerman Telegram, which influenced President Woodrow Wilson to enter the war. The map also examines the Camp Logan Mutiny in Houston, and identifies Houston Anderson, one of over 300 African American Texans from East Texas to serve in the 369th Infantry. Old Glory, a small town in West Texas that, in a display of patriotism, famously changed its name from Brandenburg in 1918, is also identified.

Texas had a major impact on the war, both at home and abroad. The United States declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917. More than 2 million Americans, including nearly 200,000 Texans went to fight, while hundreds of thousands more trained in Texas. This map is an excellent tool for remembering the sacrifices made during the Great War, and teaches about the unique role Texas played.

Learn more about Texas in World War I by attending the 8th Annual Save Texas History Symposium on Saturday, September 16 at the Commons Learning Center in Austin. Register online today, and use the promo code “PERSHING” for a $15 discount!

A selection of GLO map reproductions will be on hand for sale, or visitors can order a reproduction of any map they like and have it shipped to them. All proceeds from map reproduction sales benefit the Save Texas History Program.

For more information and to register online for the 2017 Save Texas History Symposium, Texas and the Great War, please check out the Save Texas History website.

Attendees at the Save Texas History Symposium will receive a complimentary copy of Dwight R. Messimer’s Escape from Villingen, 1918 and Hugh S. Thompson’s Trench Knives and Mustard Gas — With the 42nd Rainbow Division in France courtesy of the Texas A&M University Press.

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