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

This Day in 1917

In 1917-03-28:

According to a Berlin telegram received by the Amsterdam bourse, Berlin was filled with rumors of a peace offered to Russia, with terms allegedly including the complete autonomy of Poland, internationalization of Constantinople, the evacuation by Russia of Austrian territory, and Russian protectorate over Armenia.

Fighting was resumed at Mapula, south of Chihuahua City, between Villa and Carranza forces, as of 4 o'clock.

A ''John Smith'' a.k.a. John Singleton, was arrested in Belize, Honduras by the detective bureau following a six month chase. Smith is accused of swindling the National Bond and Investment Company out of $13,000.

The weather was fair, with an average temperature of 36 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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