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 1917-03-27:

''Spirited and successful'' French attacks threatened the German supply lines to the war's front. Despite ever stiffening resistance and repeated German counterattacks, their steady progress was expected to force a German retreat.

Following complaints of petty graft, two Chicago motorcycle police officers were suspended after being caught by department investigator Capt. Phillip Crippen, after they accepted a $2 bribe with the promise of a more, which came in the form of a marked $5 bill.

A man in the suburbs west of Oak Park was arrested as a German spy on the basis of hidden radio equipment in his home. Rumor speculated a chain of wireless stations reaching to Mexico.

Vose pianos were advertised, citing the brand's guaranteed durability, with Uprights as low as $360, and Grand and Player pianos at $575.

The weather was cloudy but fair, with an average temperature of 41 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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