Press Release: Evansville Museum hosts WWI Bus Trip of Evansville

Evansville Museum hosts WWI Bus Trip of Evansville

Evansville, Indiana – The Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science is excited to present a bus tour of Evansville, on Saturday, November 4, 2017, that is set around the 100th anniversary of United States entry into WWI and of the first combat death: James Bethel Gresham.

The Evansville Museum bus tour marks the 100th anniversary of United Sates entry into WWI and the first US combat fatality of the conflict–James Bethel Gresham of Evansville. The tour will drive by sites associated with Gresham–including places he lived and worked. Stops will be at the site of Gresham’s funeral in 1921–Simpsons United Methodist Church–and at the memorial home build for his mother through funds provided by the people of Evansville. The tour will also note several sites associated with WWI Evansville, including factories in the city that produced goods for the Allies in the war against the Central Powers. The tour will conclude at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Coliseum–site of services for Gresham in 1917 and 1921.

In conjunction with the bus tour, the Evansville Museum exhibition Over There: Evansville in the Great War, displays a more in-depth look at Evansville’s roll within WWI. The items displayed are pulled from the permanent collection of the Museum, the Indiana Military Museum, Willard Library, the University of Evansville and private collections until November 26, 2017. Tickets for admission are $12 for Adult Not-Yet Members, $8 Youth Not-Yet Members and Museum Members are free.

Tickets for the bus tour are $25 for Museum Members and $40 for Not-Yet Museum Members. Advanced registration is required; registration deadline is Thursday, October 12, 2017. To save a spot, please call (812) 425-2406 or visit us online at


About Evansville Museum

Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science (411 SE Riverside Drive, Evansville, IN 47713; Phone: 812-425-2406; Facebook: /evansvillemuseum; Twitter: @evvmuseum; Instagram: @evansvillemuseum) is a general museum with comprehensive collections in art, history, anthropology and science, as well as a giant screen planetarium and transportation center.