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Historic Charlton Park is excited to announce a new exhibition opening, Tangled Alliances: The United States in WWI! The exhibit will focus on America’s involvement in WWI on its 100th anniversary, and will include information about Barry County’s soldiers with artifacts from the Park’s collection. 

“The First World War was catastrophic to the main combatants. The loss of life, destruction of property and land, and the overall futility of the war cannot be overstated. The United States entered the war late, but our participation has lasting effects up to the present day,” said Claire Johnston, Charlton Park’s curator. The exhibit will open on April 17, 2017 on the first floor of the stone building and be open M-F, from 9 am – 4 pm and on special event weekends. There is no additional cost to visit the exhibit.  

In conjunction with the exhibit, Historic Charlton Park is pleased to partner with the Barry County Historical Society to host a series of speakers. The speakers will flesh out the overall picture of the First World War. All presentations will begin at 6 pm on the first floor of the museum, there is no cost to attend, but donations are welcome.

  • May 10 – “A Great and Vital Hysteria: America Joins the First World War”         
    Dr. Matthew Daley, Associate Professor of History, Grand Valley State University
  • June 27 – “United States Air Service in World War 1: Problems, People, Planes”
    Kevin Kenz, Air Zoo Docent and Member of The League of WWI Aviation Historians
  • July 11 – “The Psychological Effects of World War I -'Shell Shock' and its Legacy Today”
    Dr. Jason Crouthamel, Professor of History, Grand Valley State University
  • August 8 – “The War That Should Not Have Happened”
    Dr. James Smither, Professor of History at Grand Valley State University

To print a copy of the speaker series or read the full descriptions of the presentations, click here






We are excited to announce a new 2-year exhibit, Uncle Irving's Attic! We are celebrating 80 years of Historic Charlton Park and honoring our founder, Irving D. Charlton, by showcasing his collections. The Irving D. Charlton Memorial Museum Building (Stone Building) was once home to all the artifacts collected by our founder. He displayed everything and allowed visitors access to the treasures he had collected for the people of Barry County. The exhibit features a large selection of artifacts from Irving's early collecting, photos of the interior of the museum as it was, and much more! 

Click here for more information about the exhibit!