CELEBRATE THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1939-40 WORLD'S FAIRS
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Arkansas — area 53, 335 square miles, of which 810 sq. miles is water; 26th state in size; admitted into the Union in 1836. State flower — Apple Blossom. Capital — Little Rock. Places of interest: oil fields at El Dorado and Smackover; Hot Springs National Park, 1 ½ sq. mi., containing 46 hot springs said to possess medicinal properties.
The United States government considered boredom to be one of the foremost enemies of soldiers in the training camps. It was feared that a soldier who was not properly entertained and morally educated would succumb to temptations of drink and debauchery. In order to prevent this, civilian and military officials sought to create a wholesome environment within each training camp that would keep the soldiers both mentally and physically healthy. The YMCA, YWCA, Knights of Columbus, Jewish Welfare Board, and the Red Cross were the key agencies in this crusade for morality. All of these organizations opened up facilities in the training camps, with the YMCA being by far the most important participant. Government officials hoped that the soldiers would patronize these organizations within the camp instead of visiting the town saloon or brothel. Alcohol was completely band (sic) within a five mile radius of all training camps.
Camp Wadsworth's entertainment facilities were typical of World War I era army installations. Seven YMCA huts were eventually constructed within the camp. These buildings measured 40x113 feet and could each accommodate 5000 to 6000 soldiers. The Spartanburg Herald newspaper reported that "Every facility at the command of the Association will be brought to bear on this great problem of serving the men through athletics, indoor games, writing rooms, entertainment of various sorts, religious meetings, Bible classes, etc." Letter writing and group singing were among the most common activities promoted by the YMCA.