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 1917-03-26:

The Illinois Militia received the call from President Wilson: Urgent. - The President of the United States has called for an emergency increase in the navy's enlisted strength to 87,000 men. This is an increase of 18,300 men. Please give full publicity, as the country needs these men for first-line defense. The department directs all commandants and commanding officers to make extraordinary efforts to recruit men. (Signed), BUREAU OF NAVIGATION, DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY

Mary Frances McGoorty, the sixteen year old daughter of a Grand Rapids Judge who had been missing for several days was found after she was recognized from a picture by a clerk at the hotel where she was staying under an assumed name. She had reportedly been lured from home by dreams of becoming an actress.

A nineteen year old motorcyclist fired into a crowd of youths, injuring one, after they made a ''slurring remark,'' spurring a heated argument.

Henry C. Lytton & Sons advertised that ''You don't have to pay $10 or $15 for shoes to secure lengthy service, a comfortable fit, and the right style.'' They offered spring shoes and oxfords for 4, 5, or 6 dollars.

The weather was overcast and rainy, with an average temperature of 54 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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