New Exhibit: “1917: How One Year Changed the World”

  • Author: Michael Foight
  • Published: January 30, 2017

1917: How One Year Changed the World, opening at the National Museum of American Jewish History on March 17 and at the American Jewish Historical Society in New York this fall, will examine how the dramatic events of a single year brought about changes in America that reverberated throughout the world and still impact us today. While the exhibition explores events from 100 years ago, it has direct ties to contemporary issues: immigration, national security, freedom of speech, Israel relations, and more.

1917 will focus on three key events: America’s entry into WWI, the Bolshevik Revolution, and the signing of the Balfour Declaration. The 100+ artifacts will include an original draft of the Balfour Declaration (never-before-exhibited in the US), the decoded Zimmermann Telegram, Irving Berlin’s draft card, possessions of WWI soldiers, an Uncle Sam costume, and much more.



Last Modified: January 30, 2017