World War I Museum teams up with Google for online exhibit

07/11/2014 8:29 PM

07/12/2014 2:59 PM

Care to listen to “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”? Or to watch a film clip of Kaiser Wilhelm II and his dachshund?

The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial and Google have teamed up to put audio and visual materials from the museum’s collection online at the tech giant’s Cultural Institute project, which includes treasures from some of the world’s great art and history museums.

The exhibit is called “Home Before the Leaves Fall” and examines the beginning of the Great War 100 years ago. Museum and Google officials will announce the project Saturday

“It’s the first time the museum has partnered with an external organization on a relatively large-scale, online exhibition,” said museum spokesman Mike Vietti.

Rachel Merlo, community manager for Google Fiber, said in a statement that “through this new endeavor with the World War I Museum, an important piece of Kansas City will be available to Internet users worldwide. Visitors to this Cultural Institute collection can immerse themselves in a wealth of archival material with just a click of a button.”

Here is the link. Or go to google.com/culturalinstitute and search for “Home Before the Leaves Fall.”

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