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Great War History Meet-Up in Rockland County Aug 8th


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rockland county meet upA Great War History meet-up will be held at the Ringwood Manor, 1304 Sloatsburg Road, Ringwood, NJ, on Sunday, August 6, 2017.

Participants will meet at the Ringwood Manor to commemorate the centennial of the U.S. entry into World War I. There will be military encampment on the grounds of the historic 19th century manor, lectures on the Women’s Emergency Services, an ongoing medical nursing display, uniform exhibitions, period music performed by the renowned historical balladeer Linda Russell, arms demonstrations, and more. Continue reading

Sullivan County’s First World War Sacrifices


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Leonard Houghtaling from Neversink (on right) served overseas and fought in WWIJuly, 2017 is 100th anniversary of the first U.S. forces sent overseas to fight in World War I. The Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville, NY will be honoring the men who fought in the war and the women who supported the troops by hosting a new exhibit and weekend of special programming on July 8th and 9th.

The new exhibit, A Rendezvous with Death: Local Sacrifice in the First World War highlights Sullivan County residents who participated in WWI. It includes photos, artifacts and little known facts and information about the war. The new exhibit can be viewed through Labor Day during Museum hours: Thursday through Sunday, noon to 4 pm and weekends in September. Continue reading

Kingston’s Part in World War I Noontime Conversation


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kingston in wwiPete Roberts, member of Friends of Historic Kingston (FHK), will host the last of three noontime conversations in the FHK gallery June 16.

The conversations will honor the centennial commemoration of World War I and Kingston’s part in it. Memorabilia from the FHK Archives, the William Anderson Carl Collection, and the Samuel Bernstein Collection are featured including photographs and related materials that depict Kingston’s role in 1917-1918. The American Legion (Post 150) made a special loan of the iconic artwork Columbia by Edwin Howland Blashfield (1919). Continue reading

New York State’s World War One Website Now Online


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photo of British tank on 5th Ave in New York City in World War IThe New York State WWI Centennial Commission website now contains links to oral histories with WWI soldiers and free access on Ancestry.com, through a partnership with the New York State Archives, to information compiled from federal WWI military service records for Army officers, enlisted men, sailors, Marines, and nurses who enlisted or were drafted in New York.

This service information is particularly valuable because most World War I Army service records were destroyed in a 1973 National Personnel Records Center fire. New York’s information, however, exists for exploration only because, shortly after World War I, New York’s adjutant general gathered the military records for New Yorkers. Continue reading

American Ambulance Field Service in WWI


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ww1 ambulanceOn Saturday, May 13 at 2 pm, the Wilderstein Historic Site will host a lecture about the American ambulance field service in World War One, by Thomas Fife.

“Alsace Revisited: American Ambulance Field Service Section Three 1915 to 1916” will discuss the beginnings of the American Ambulance Field Service in France and chronicle American Ambulance driver Henry Suckley’s eldest son Henry’s participation with Section Three during its first two years in Alsace and at the Battle of Verdun. Continue reading

Brooklyn Cemetery Puts WWI Biographies Online


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green-wood cemeteryTo mark the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I, Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery has unveiled biographies of more than 160 men and women, military and civilian, who served in the war to end all wars and who now are interred in the National Historic Landmark designated cemetery.

More than a year in the making, Green-Wood’s WWI Project covers the men and women who served in that conflict as pilots, nurses, infantryman, gunners, pay clerks, intelligence officers, logistics specialists, and others. The biographies were researched by a group of volunteers under the guidance of Green-Wood historian Jeff Richman. Continue reading

First World War Program at Slate Valley Museum


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ww1 in americaThe Slate Valley Museum has been awarded a Library of America Grant for programming connected to the Library’s World War I and America project commemorating the centennial of World War I and the entry of United States forces on April 6, 1917. With the funds the Museum is planning three events through 2017 that will highlight writings and discussions around issues important to those who fought and the family and friends left behind. The first talk will be Saturday, April 29 at 2 pm at the Slate Valley Museum in Granville, Washington County. Continue reading

Unpacking Long Island’s Support For World War One


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Chancellor Von Bethmann-Hollweg“New York State has prepared for war.” The headlines of the South Side Signal for April 6, 1917 announced the entry of the United States into conflict. “Local War Notes,” a new feature (later, simply, “War Notes,”) would chronicle Long Island developments through armistice.

On April 6th , it was announced, that, among other news items, Edwin N. Post, R.N. had been appointed head of the enrolling party for the naval reserves, establishing recruiting headquarters over Smith and Salmon’s drugstore in Babylon village. Recruits thronging to Babylon village, seventeen had already enrolled at Sayville and another fifteen at Bay Shore. Legislation had been introduced to increase the size of the naval militia, allow the state to appropriate lands, and expand punishments to those showing disrespect to the flag. Continue reading