World War I and America – A Series of Exploration
Join the Jesup Memorial Library, Acadia Senior College, and the George Edwin Kirk American Legion Post 25 for "World War I and America," a series of eight programs in early 2018 about the first World War and its effects on America and our local MDI community. Also, from January through March, stop by the Jesup to see artifacts and documents pertaining to World War and other wars, donated for display by the George Edwin Kirk American Legion Post, and members of the MDI community.
This is all part of "World War I and America," a two-year national initiative of the Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information on any of the programs in this series contact Melinda Rice, Program Director at the Jesup Memorial Library, at email@example.com or at 207- 288-4245.
All programs are at the Jesup Memorial Library and are free to attend, though some do require advance registration.
Mon. Jan. 8 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Facilitated discussion with Dr. Libby Bischof
Dr. Bischof, an associate professor of history and the chair of the Department of History and Political Science at the University of Southern Maine, will moderate an in-depth discussion,
springboarding from assigned readings. Dr. Bischof is a 19th-century American cultural historian. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register contact Melinda Rice at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 207-288-4245.
Sat., Jan. 13 at 1 p.m.
"George Kirk and Bar Harbor in World War I" with the George Edwin Kirk American Legion Post 25
Members of the Post will share the story of George Kirk, his life and World War I service, and how he came to be the namesake of Bar Harbor's American Legion post. George was a 1912 graduate of Bar Harbor High School and died at a field hospital in Europe in 1918. There will be some WWI-era documents and artifacts on display.
Thurs., Feb 1 at 7 p.m.
Film Screening: "War Horse"
Join us for a community screening of the Academy Award-nominated film “War Horse,” set during World War I and directed by Steven Spielberg. In the film, a British teen named Albert raises and trains a horse, Joey, but at the outbreak of World War I, Albert's father sells the horse to the British cavalry. Against the backdrop of the Great War, Joey begins an odyssey full of danger, joy and sorrow, and he transforms everyone he meets along the way. Meanwhile Albert, unable to forget his equine friend, searches the battlefields of France to find Joey and bring him home.
Sat., Feb. 12 at 1 p.m.
"World War II: Exploring Local Connections" with the George Edwin Kirk American Legion Post 25
Join a panel of speakers including those who served in WWII and learn more about the experiences of MDI residents during WWII.
Sat., March 10 at 1 p.m.
"The Wars in Korea, Vietnam, and Beyond: Exploring Local Connections" with George Edwin Kirk American Legion Post 25
Join a panel of speakers including those who served in Korea, Vietnam and subsequent wars and learn more about the experiences of MDI residents who served in them.
Mon., March 12 at 9:30 a.m.
Facilitated Discussion with Dr. Donald Zillman
Join Dr. Zillman for a facilitated discussion about the American experience during World War I, based on "Living the World War," which delves into experiences of American citizens during the war and explores how the experience of war and emerging national issues profoundly shaped America in the 21st century. Dr. Zillman is the Edward Godfrey Professor of Law at the University of Maine School of Law. He has worked as professor and dean at several law schools in addition to serving an Army Judge Advocate, and as a visiting professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. He will give an author talk the same day at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register contact Melinda Rice at email@example.com or at 207-288-4245.
Mon., March 12 at 7 p.m.
Author Talk and Book Signing: Dr. Donald Zillman, "Living the World War: A Weekly Exploration of the American Experience in World War"
Join Dr. Zillman as he talks about his comprehensive book "Living the World War." Using the Congressional Record and the New York Times, "Living the World War" explores the experiences of American citizens during the war in days before mass communications, when the people at home did not know what was happening overseas in real time. The book also explores how the experience of war and emerging national issues profoundly shaped America in the 21st century. Dr. Zillman is the Edward Godfrey Professor of Law at the University of Maine School of Law. In his career he served as an Army Judge Advocate, and a professor of law at Arizona State University and the University of Utah before coming to Maine as the dean of the University of Maine Law School. He also served as the president of the University of Maine at Presque Isle and as a visiting professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom.
Thurs., March 29 at 7 p.m.
"The Maine Homefront in WWI" with Earle Shettleworth
Join Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. to learn more about Maine's role in WWI both at home and
abroad. This illustrated lecture documents the role played by Maine men and women in World War I, especially here at home. Thirty-five thousand men and women from across the state joined the military in 1917 and 1918 to fight in a "war to end all wars" that promised to "make the world safe for democracy." Maine civilians supported the war by purchasing $118.4 million in government bonds and $8.4 million in war savings stamps. Private sector relief programs operated by the American Red Cross, YMCA, YWCA, and the Salvation Army also received generous contributions from the public. Newly unearthed historic photographs, many of them real photo postcards of the era, tell the story of recruitment, troop departures, parades, bond drives, shipbuilding, war-related industries and knitting socks for the soldiers. This chapter in Maine's past comes alive in these century old pictures.
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