World War I -How and Why the US Got Involved
Wednesday, September 10
Dr. Paul Herbert, Executive Director, First Division Museum at Cantigny, will discuss the US entry into the war, from the initial stance of neutrality, to the evolution of President Woodrow Wilson's thinking and policies amid a changing international scene, and finally to the declaration of war in April, 1917. Using materials from the McCormick Research Center at Cantigny, he will cover the experience of Chicago Tribune publisher Robert R. McCormick during these years and the organization and deployment of the first combat troops sent to France, the First Division.
Military Genealogy-Finishing the Story
Saturday, Sept 27 at 11 am
Tracing a World War I or II soldier can be challenging. Many researchers are unaware of the records and resources available outside of the usual genealogical sources. Explore the lives, service, and deaths of three soldiers, and learn about numerous military resources available. Through a brief reading from her new book Stories of the Lost, Jennifer Holik will demonstrate how to write the stories of your Soldier.
Mike at the Movies : Global Perspectives on WWI
Saturday, October 18 at 2 pm
Film scholar Michael Smith will examine cinematic depictions of the "Great War" from a variety of perspectives. Film clips will include portrayals of the conflict as seen by Hollywood in the silent as well as the sound era not to mention responses from France and Germany, where the reaction was more "coded" through the bleak movement known as Expressionism.
Myths and Realities of World War I
Sunday, December 7 at 2 pm
In the popular imagination, WWI consisted of repeated attacks by neat rows of infantry against trenches defended by barbed wire and machine guns, resulting in the slaughter of a generation of young men. The reality of war was far more complex. Thomas Mockaitis, PhD, Professor of History at DePaul, will consider the significance of the war in historical context.