NEW YORK (AP) — The French embassy in the United States is staging a yearlong series of events commemorating the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I.

The embassy’s Cultural Services kicked off the programs this week in New York City with public lectures and conferences focusing on art, literature and history and French-American relations.

On Wednesday, the Museum of the City of New York opens a new exhibit, “Posters and Patriotism: Selling World War I in New York.” The exhibit focuses on the prominent role played by New York City as the center for Allied propaganda during the First World War.

Other programs and events planned for the city and elsewhere in the U.S. in the coming months.

The United States formally declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917.

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