Parris Island Museum. Image courtesy of SCPRT.
From hometown soldiers and nurses to Camp Sevier in Greenville, South Carolina was deeply invested in World War I.
Life in the Military
- Forward Together: South Carolina in World War I
See a Congressional Medal of Honor, a campaign hat, German gasmask, and other items of war from World War I.
- WWI Obituaries
Read obituaries from The State newspaper of soldiers who died during World War I.
- Camp Wadsworth
Between 1917 and 1919, Camp Wadsworth in Spartanburg was an army base that trained up to 100,000 soldiers.
- Camp Sevier
Over 80,000 soldiers trained at this military camp in Greenville, SC.
- 1914-1918: The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century
Read a history of World War I, see a timeline, and explore how The Great War shaped the 21st century.
- Songs of the Great War
Songs such as "It's a Long Way to Tipperary" and ""K-K-K-Katy" were popular in the dance halls of the day.
- News clipping of William H. Johnson Exhibit at Florence YMCA, ca. 1926
William H. Johnson was an African American painter from Florence who painted distinctive modernist imagery of African American life.
- South Carolina Movie Theaters
Were any of these old movie theaters in your hometown? Do any of them still exist?
- Bernard M. Baruch
Bernard Baruch was an economic advisor to presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
- David R. Coker
David Coker was a Hartsville businessman and philanthropist who founded the "Coker's Pedigreed Seed Catalogue" in 1914.
- Susan Pringle Frost
Susan Frost was the first president of the Charleston Equal Suffrage League and worked for equal voting rights for women and for preserving endangered Charleston properties
- Ambrose E. Gonzales
Ambrose Gonzales and his brother founded The State newspaper in 1891.
- Edwin G.Seibels
Edward Seibels was a businessman from Edgefield who invented a vertical filing system that revolutionized record-keeping.
- James C. Self
James Self owned several textile mills in Greenwood, SC.
- Platform Adopted by the Equal Suffrage League of South Carolina, 1914
The Equal Suffrage League of South Carolina was formed to protect the rights of women This pamphlet from 1914 outlines the group's founding social and political objectives.
- Suffrage and Mrs. Salley
Eulalie Chafee Salley fought for the right for women to vote.
- Oral History Interview with Eulalie Salley, September 15, 1973
Hear and read an interview with Eulalie Sally as she talks about her activism and business life.
- The Weight of Their Votes
Hear an interview with an author who writes about early Southen women voters.
1918 Spanish Influenza
Influenza precaution sign at naval facility in Philadelphia, PA, 1918. Image from the Department of the Navy-Naval Historical Center.
The Spanish flu killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide in 1918. Especially hard-hit were soldiers at military camps such as Camp Jackson and Camp Sevier.