Florida in World War I Project

“Group portrait of U.S. Army Medical Detachment at Ft. Barrancas in Pensacola”

Background
The Florida in World War I Project commenced in a graduate-level History course at the University of Central Florida in August 2015. Led by Associate Professor, Dr. Barbara Gannon, the project has since progressed into a wide endeavor that has had numerous contributors from students, professors, and more.

Why Florida in World War I?
2017 marks then 100 year centenary of the United States’ entry into the First World War. Looking for resources to teach her graduate-level course, Dr. Barbara Gannon came to find that little scholarship existed on the subject of Florida in the First World War. The goal of the Florida in World War I Project is to gather resources (both primary and secondary) on Florida’s role during the time of the Great War. Using these sources, the hope is for students, scholars, community members, and more to learn from and use for academic and personal ventures.

My Role
My role in the Florida in World War I Project has been and is multifaceted. I have been with the project since its conception, first working on a service card database- transcribing the service cards on Florida Memory. I then became and am currently a project coordinator, facilitating undergraduate classroom participation in the project, website creation and management, social media, and more. In addition, I spent a semester as an intern, focusing solely on working on the website.

The Website & Social Media
Website: Florida in World War I Project
Twitter: @FloridaWWI

Photograph on page: Group portrait of U.S. Army Medical Detachment at Ft. Barrancas in Pensacola. 1918. Black & white photoprint, 8 x 21 in. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/296527