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Photograph exhibition celebrates Cincinnati service members from World War I

Until We Meet Again: Cincinnati Portraits from World War I opens June 28

CINCINNATI – In December 1918, just a month after World War I’s end, the US and Allied Governments War Exposition at Music Hall celebrated the Allied victory and the Cincinnatians who served. The expo featured photographs of area servicemen and women, loaned to the expo by local families, as well as uniforms, flags and more. Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) is diving into its collections to showcase some of those pieces, including many for the first time in over 100 years. Until We Meet Again: Cincinnati Portraits from World War I opens June 28, 2019, the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles that ended the war. 

Of the nearly 6,000 photographs loaned to organizers for the 1918 expo, 2,625 were donated to the Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio, a predecessor to CMC’s Cincinnati History Library and Archives. Until We Meet Again: Cincinnati Portraits from World War I features 80 original photographs from that collection and some of the original letters that accompanied them. A section of the exhibition will include photographs of family members who served together and, like the expo in 1918, there will also be a selection of Gold Star Service Members. Photographs of women who served, mostly in the service of the Red Cross, are also included in the exhibition.

One of the more interesting features of some of the photographs is the notes written on the back by family members. These photographs will be displayed in a way that allows guests to see both sides, including the handwriting scrawled across the back.

A U.S. Army uniform and a Red Cross uniform from CMC’s collections supplement the photographs, along with service flags, posters and pieces of ephemera from the expo.

Until We Meet Again: Portraits from World War I opens June 28, 2019 in the Ruthven Community Gallery at Cincinnati Museum Center. The exhibition is free.

CMC would like to thank FotoFocus for their support in this exhibition and the digitization of the collection of 2,625 photographs, and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County for providing reproductions of the records for seven Gold Star Members included in the exhibition and for digitizing the collection. Until We Meet Again: Cincinnati Portraits from World War I is part of FotoFocus.


About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution and national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, CMC was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2012. CMC is one of a select few museums in the nation with both of these honors, making it a unique asset and a vital community resource. Union Terminal has been voted the nation's 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and Cincinnati History Library & Archives. Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, CMC welcomes more than one million visitors annually. For more information, visit