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.

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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.
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See What Events Happened Today in 1917

In 1917

In 1917-03-21:

190 Members of the faculty and staff at Yale University sent a petition to President Wilson stressing the importance of preemptive preparedness, and urging Wilson's cabinet not to ''lean on Britain.'' Aside from an appeal to reason and tactical necessity, the petition also declared that the honor of the nation was at stake.

The companies that make up the principle U.S. producers of copper agreed to sell the government 45 million pounds of the metal (vital for the army and navy) for barely half the current market price.

Chicago's Mayor Thompson ordered an investigation in connection with the arrest of six patrons of a north side cafe after Mr. Peck, ''an old friend'' of the Mayor, complained that the police had mishandled the situation.

Willys-Knight advertised in the Tribune as the only motor to improve with use. Carbon build up, which normally slows a motor down, allegedly make a Willys-Knight motor ''more efficient after thousands of miles of use than when new.'' The seven-passenger luxury version of this marvel of engineering advertised for $1950.

The weather was overcast, with an average temperature of 44 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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