World War I artifacts coming to Richland

RICHLAND -- Tri-Citians will have a rare opportunity to walk through an authentic World War I trench and see 90-year-old war artifacts at a traveling exhibit making a stop in Richland on Friday.

Financial services firm Waddell & Reed is bringing the Honoring Our History World War I traveling gallery to Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science and Technology in Richland.

The mobile museum is touring 75 cities in the United States this year as part of the firm's celebration of its 75th anniversary.

Waddell & Reed founders Chauncey Waddell and Cameron Reed were World War I veterans, said Joel Ockey, managing principal with Waddell & Reed in Kennewick.

The company said bringing information about the war to communities would be an appropriate way to remember the two men who started the firm in 1937.

Among the 66 artifacts in the tour are Waddell's flight suit, gear and log book. Other artifacts include weapons, tools, flags and posters. There also are videos and audio tracks.

It's a great opportunity to see artifacts from the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Mo., Ockey said.

And the Tri-Cities is fortunate because the mobile museum is only visiting the top 75 of 200 Waddell & Reed offices in the nation, Ockey said.

The gallery is aboard a big rig truck that expands to 80-by-36 feet and fits about 60 people at a time.

Ockey expects that more than 2,000 people to go through the museum Friday.

Donations at the event will be split between the National War I Museum at Liberty Memorial and CREHST. Ockey said they liked the idea of partnering with local museums too.

"(CREHST) runs a great museum on a shoestring budget," he said.

CREHST, at 95 Lee Blvd., will offer free admission Friday as part of the event, said Patty Brown, office coordinator. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It's a wonderful opportunity to have the mobile World War I museum stop in the Tri-Cities, she said.