The New Milford Historical Society & Museum will open its next exhibit, “Warriors of the Homefront: American Women and World War I, 1917-19,” with a reception March 5 at 2 p.m.

The exhibit, which will commemorate the centenary of U.S entry into World War I, will run through June 4.

This display will explore the diverse, and often unknown, roles of women in the conflict, focusing particularly on the roles of New Milford’s women.

The New Milford unit of the farmerettes, an all-female volunteer corps whose members replaced men as farm laborers, helped produce tobacco, boosted military morale and earned the respect of all Connecticut farmers.

Tools used by the farmerettes and photographs of the Women’s Land Army, among other artifacts, will be on display.

The exhibit will also explore the contribution of nurses to the war effort.

Founded by Clara Barton in 1881, the Red Cross experienced tremendous growth during World War I.

Providing nursing services, the female volunteers of the Red Cross supported 500,000 dependent families.

“Warriors of the Homefront” will feature artifacts from the museum’s permanent collection, including a medical cap and supplies.

The exhibit will feature many items donated by residents of New Milford.

Items include a photograph of Marion Beach, a Red Cross nurse, from the late Charlie Barlow; World War I posters and an artillery shell from Bob and Loretta Kretchko; and prints of World War I artwork from Abe Chevarria and World War I memorabilia from a hometown hero, Clarence Stone.

To enhance the viewing experience, the Royal Bavarian 10th Infantry Regiment, 1st Company, a local war re-enactment group, will be present at the opening dressed in full uniform and also exhibiting some artifacts from World War I.

For more information, call the 6 Aspetuck Ave. museum at 860-354-3069.