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.
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See What Events Happened Today in 1917

In 1917

In 1917-03-22:

As news from Berlin confirmed that Germany expects the United States to enter the war sooner rather than later, President Wilson announced his intention to make public the evidence of several German plots that may serve as justification for an appeal to arms.

Captain W. A. Moffett of the Great Lakes Naval Training station outlined a plan for war preparedness which, if enacted, could have 1,500 Chicago yachtsmen and sailing enthusiasts trained, equipped, and ''in the thick of anti-submarine warfare within a few weeks.''

Newspaperman, playwright, and author George Bronson Howard, it was announced, was engaged to be married to Zitelka Dolores, ''a show girl of the Ziegfield Midnight Frolic Company.''

Revel's advertised their ongoing March Sale on Furniture, Oriental Rugs, Curtains, and Office Desks.

Maurice L. Rothschild advertised the ''Knapp felt De Luxe'' hat by Crofut & Knapp for $6, available in soft or stiff styles.

The weather was partly cloudy, with an average temperature of 48 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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