Area 8: The U.S. During the First World War (1910s-1920s)
Casper Museum Consortium
Call the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum in Casper, Wyo., (307) 472-1857, for information on how you can get the doughboy footlocker delivered to your school.
- TEACHER/INSTRUCTOR/MENTOR: Carefully read through this sheet before opening and exploring the footlocker.
- This footlocker contains uniforms, military equipment, and personal items that any U.S. Army doughboy would have carried in his pack during the Great War, better known now as World War I, between 1917 and 1920.
- This footlocker was made possible by a grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund. Please display the fund’s logo (in the acrylic) at all times while using this footlocker and mention the agency at the beginning of the program.
- Note that the soldiers would not have had a footlocker in World War I—such as they would later be issued in World War II. Everything would have been worn on their backs or carried in a pack.
- As you explore the footlocker, ask students to see if they can identify clues about the man who owns these items.
- These items are mostly reproductions with a few common original items. The description below will identify the original items. Everything can be handled by the students. If care is required, the description will issue an appropriate caution statement.