A poster exhibition, "World War I – Lessons and Legacies," on display at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., explores the history of the Great War and its lasting effect on American life.

Sparked by the assassination of one man, the war eventually included the forces of the world's major industrial powers and ended with millions dead.

But beyond the countries involved and the people affected, World War I gave rise to significant and enduring changes in America.

Wartime technologies and medical advances resulted in new industries and novel ways to fight disease and treat disability. The roles that women and minorities played in the war led to the right to vote for women and a raised consciousness of civil rights issues throughout society.

From the Great Migration to the 1918 flu pandemic, and from the unionization movement to women's suffrage, World War I led to pivotal changes in America's culture, technology, economy and role in the world. It redefined how people saw themselves as Americans and its legacy continues today.

Worthington Libraries will host the exhibition through Dec. 30. It is open to the public on Old Worthington Library's lower level during regular business hours.

The exhibit is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the National Museum of American History, with funding from the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and the Smithsonian Women's Committee.

Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.