[Editor’s Note: Considering this is the land of the “Bloody Buckets” and Bethlehem Steel was the largest shipbuilder of the time and armored the the modern Navy, it is surprising how little interest our state or its government have shown in the 100th anniversary of a war which dramatically changed us once again. This war completed our ascendance as world power in both the business and military senses of the word. We Americans tend to think that what is, always was, because we rarely put our ear to the rail of history. It is not so. And history is useful towards the learning of what works and does not work, if this special nation is to avoid arrogance. If you know a high school history teacher or a history or sociology professor, you might want to mention this symposium to them. ]
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World War 1 History Symposium – Saturday, 12 May 2018 at the United States Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle, PA, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
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Observing the 100th Anniversary of the First World War (1914-1918), four presentations examine a world calamity that fundamentally changed America. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania World War One Centennial Committee. Join Us for an Engaging Full-Day Program on The History of the First World War. This all-volunteer effort is free, but you must register. See the event flyer for registration details. The seminar will include lectures on:
- “The Eddystone Model of 1917 Rifle”, Kurt Sellers, Major, U.S. Army (Retired). In World War I, government arsenal production of the standard Model 1903 Springfield rifle was inadequate to meet the demands of the expanding American forces. The demand was met by commercial production of the Model 1917 rifle.
- “Citizen Soldiers, Preparedness and Combat: G Company, 111th Infantry in the Great War”, John D. Shepherd, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired). There is more to the story of American Infantrymen in World War I than the brutal days of combat. The full story involves the idea of preparedness, the relationship of the Regular Army with the Militia/National Guard, and the legislative milestones that enabled the mobilization of 1917.
- “The Hog Island Shipyard in the First World War”, Gloria J. House, author of Spirit of Philadelphia: A 100th Anniversary of WWI Story. The largest ship-building site in the world at the time, Hog Island, near Philadelphia, is now the site of the Philadelphia International Airport. At one time there were 70 some ships being built simultaneously at the shipyard on the Delaware River west of Philadelphia as an answer to the critical wartime sea-lift shortage.
- “Women’s Contributions to the Great War”, Barbara Selletti, academic librarian at Neumann University. Genealogist, historic researcher and film producer, Ms. Selletti researches the lives of women from our nation’s history. The Great War would change the face of society in profound ways. While vast numbers of men either enlisted or were conscripted to fight in the military, their leaving left a shortage of manpower on the home front. Nearly three million women workers undertook conventionally male roles, while thousands more were allowed for the first time to serve in the military in more traditional occupations such as nursing.
If your mail server removes attachments, please download the event flyer from the ‘Pennsylvania WW1 Centennial Events’ page of the World War One Centennial Commission web site: https://tinyurl.com/yaybspqz
For additional information on the symposium, contact Barry Johnson, Pennsylvania World War One Centennial Committee volunteer at Pennsylvania@WorldWar1Centennial.org or tel: 215-542-9359
As of 25 April 2018.