World War I: USS Olympia Exhibit

World War I: USS Olympia exhibit at Independence Seaport Museum

Explore Olympia's roles during World War I in this exclusive exhibit at Independence Seaport Museum:

  • Coastal Defense: protecting merchant shipping and patrolling the New England coastline
  • Interventionism: in Northern Russia at the ports of Murmansk and Archangel
  • Humanitarianism and Peacekeeping: efforts in the Adriatic Sea as part of the Allied effort
  • Unknown Soldier: transport home from the battlefields of France to Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

Rare historical mementos from several of Olympia's crewmembers are displayed, highlighting their experiences and reactions to the war, including photographs, an engraved trombone, a diary, and a single dried flower from the solemn transport of the Unknown Soldier home to America in 1921.