To mark the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I in April 1917, Staatsburgh State Historic Site will offer a theme tour, “World War I & the End of the Gilded Age.” The 90-minute tour, led by an interpreter in period clothing, is offered on Saturday, April 8, at 1 pm.
The site also has on view an exhibit focusing on Ogden Livingston Mills, son of Staatsburgh’s residents, Ruth and Ogden Mills, who chose a life of public service, including service in the Great War. Focusing on his wartime activities and political career, the exhibit also features a silver tray given to his parents, Ruth and Ogden Mills, by General Pershing, to thank them for billeting American officers in their Paris home during the war.
From Noon to 4 pm, the site will also host a WWI re-enactor who represents Company C, 1st Battalion, 16th Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. The presenter, Glenn Lunde, will talk about the experiences of soldiers in the war including what it was like once a soldier signed up, underwent training and then shipped out, along with wartime experiences. He will also answer questions and display reproduction wartime objects.
Living history preservation and exhibition are free; theme tour at 1 pm, $10 Adult /$8 Students & Seniors. Reservations recommended, call (845) 889-8851.
Staatsburgh State Historic Site is located at 75 Mills Mansion 6 Rd, Staatsburg, NY
Photo: World War One Reenactor, courtesy Staatsburgh State Historic Site.