Collaborative by design, Home Before the Leaves Fall is a multi-institutional project highlighting materials and resources on the Great War, with articles curated by individual scholars and experts guiding readers through the many threads that weave materials into a narrative tapestry, while social media spotlighting newly digitized content, creative and educational use of materials, and news of other Great War commemorations.




Scrapbooks weave items otherwise considered ephemeral into new stories and are valuable sources for research.

Works Consulted / Further Reading

Provides a list of all works consulted and lists of recommended additional readings and resources.


This page links the descriptions and overviews of the primary material types found in World War I repositories, including: lette…


November 7th
World War I and American Art November 4, 2016—April 9, 2017 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia Coinciding with the centenary of America’s involvement with the war, World War I and American Art will be the first major exhibition devoted to exploring the ways in which American artists responded to […]
October 12th
“Come to the German Society’s Ratskeller on October 19th at 2:30 pm for a presentation about Notgeld! This is an opportunity to reflect on this unique era in German history and marvel at our presenters’ wonderful collection, which will be on display during the presentation and the coffee hour that will follow. German Notgeld (“emergency […]
September 7th
I have a rendezvous with Death At some disputed barricade, When spring comes back with rustling shade And apple blossoms fill the air– I have a rendezvous with Death When spring brings back blue days and fair…. While most of the country was quite pleased that President Woodrow Wilson “kept us out of war,” there […]

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