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Answering The Call to Serve: Camp Logan, Houston, Texas 1917-1919

by Deborah Duty on

AASLH Member Since 2013

Heritage Society at Sam Houston ParkThis summer marks 100 years since Germany invaded Belgium and Europe went to war. When the United States entered the global conflict in April of 1917, the country was unprepared. In an effort to mobilize the recruits for battle, the city of Houston was awarded a temporary training site for a division of the Illinois National Guard to be named Camp Logan. Workers quickly transformed a massive forest just west of the city limits into a military camp complete with a hospital, post office, tents to house the soldiers, a YMCA auditorium, artillery ranges and more. Today, Memorial Park encompasses most of what was Camp Logan. This exhibition features artifacts from Camp Logan and tells the story of the camp’s impact on the city, including the soldiers’ experiences, the race riot that occurred during construction of the camp and the establishment of Memorial Park.

On view August 13-November 15, 2014

Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park
Houston, TX
http://www.heritagesociety.org

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