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.




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

Works Consulted / Further Reading

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


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


May 24th
                        Recently digitized, the scrapbook of Grady H. W. Lockhart, a U.S. Marine in the Great War, presents a different view that many imagine about service during the Great War. Far from the smoke of battle, Grady served as a sea-marine – assigned to […]
April 29th
Posted for: Rachel Yerger, Museum Curator, History I One of the most exciting aspects of working in a museum archives (and yes, it can be exciting), is when you find a document that transports you to that moment in time. A document that gives you small, yet brilliant glimpse into an individual’s experiences. For me […]
April 21st
Newly available: the Easter Rising Mail Call episode Also available: show notes

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