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 1917-03-13:

Unions offered war aid even though a rail strike was imminent. Northwestern and Burlington railway employees were called to strike on the following Saturday. Trainmen were demanding straight eight-hour day.

1200 Chicago Automobile Trade Association diners pelted cabaret entertainers with bread as they left the stage. One member threw a French bread roll at a chorus girl who was engaged in a balancing act. Sergt. John Benson of the Town Hall station and force arrived at the Bismarck Garden to pandemonium. Quiet was restored and the entertainers finished their show.

The Sante Fe railway was advertising vacations to California. Polo, golf, sailing and motoring were just a few of the activities offered. ''Spring is coming around Chicago but the Lake winds are raw-raw-raw. You should go to sunny-sunny-sunny California.'' Call George T. Gunnip at Har. 4820.

Snow fell on Chicago damaging telephone and telegraph wires. Trains were delayed coming into town. Weather was predicted to rain that day with a temperature of 34 degrees, surprise!

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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