Sunday, March 5 - Thursday, March 30

To mark the 1OOth anniversary of the nation's entry into the war in 1917, World War I and America brings members of the veteran community together with the general public in libraries and museums around the country. Participants explore the transformative impact of the First World War by reading, discussing, and sharing insights into the writings of Americans who experienced it firsthand.

World War I and America is a major initiative involving public programs in all fifty states, a traveling exhibition, a multimedia website, and the publication of an anthology of writings by Americans who experienced World War I. The initiative is made possible in part by a grant from The National Endowment for the Humanities.

WWI Picture of Events

Calendar of Events

Exhibit Opener: Sunday, March 5 at 3 p.m.

Johnnies, Tommies and Sammies World War I and America
Determined by the Library of Congress to be one of two presentations for 2017, William Brooks, Professor of Music from the University of York, UK and five other historians bring Johnnies, Tommies and Sammies: Music and the WWI Alliance, a musical event about the contribution that music played in bringing the Allied forces together. Generously sponsored by local restaurants: Submarina, Papa Joe's, White Castle and The Original Baby's.
Please Check the Full Calendar of Events.

See What Events Happened Today in 1917

In 1917

In 1917-03-23:

The United States was the first to officially recognize the new Russian rule following a revolution that was called ''entirely successful'' by Ambassador Francis in Petrograd.

In New York's Madison Square Garden, a group of 15,000 rallied in support of immediate entry into the Great War, calling for the U.S. to ''delay no more.''

A woman attempting to jump into the Chicago River was restrained from suicide. Her husband was unable to account for her actions.

Three car thieves and ''highwaymen'' were captured by police riflemen at the intersection of Illinois and Rush in a stolen vehicle.

A group of women at a meeting in the Chicago Hebrew institute pledged not to buy milk if dealers continued to increase the prices of essential foodstuffs.

The weather was rainy, with an average temperature of 55 degrees.

The Chicago Daily Tribune, ProQuest Historical Newspapers

Orland Park Public Library cardholders can access the ProQuest Historical Newspaper Database to look at actual, full issue newspapers from World War One and even earlier!

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