WWI Centennial Remembrance at Time and the Valleys Museum

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July, 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, Sullivan County will be hosting a weekend of educational programming and exhibit on July 8th and 9th.

On Saturday, July 8th at 2 pm, Military Historian Charles M. Breiner will give an overview of World War I including the different armies involved, impact of new weapons and how the Treaty of Versailles set the stage for over 100 years of warfare. A short presentation by Museum researchers on Dr. Karl Connell, a former Claryville Ulster County resident who invented the Connell Gas Mask is also included.

On Sunday July 9th at 2 pm, entertainer Mark Rust will perform the Songs of the Soldier, a stirring presentation of favorite songs of American soldiers and veterans from World War I. The songs reflect the experiences the soldiers encountered and well as the songs of the families remaining on the home front.

An exhibit on local residents who participated in WWI will also be on view both days.

The Museum is currently seeking photos, documents, letters, stories, memories and other materials about local individuals from throughout Sullivan County and the Catskills who participated in WWI to include in this exhibit. The exhibit will focus on the war’s impact on local residents and highlight many local residents and their stories. Anyone with WWI materials are strongly encouraged to contact the Museum so that their family member, loved one or friend can be remembered and honored for his/her WWI service during this centennial year.

Materials to be included in the exhibit can be brought to the Museum any Thursday, 1 pm to 4 pm or by appointment. Researchers and staff will be on hand to speak further about the exhibit and accept loans, donations and scan and return materials during that time. All materials supplied will be carefully preserved in the Museum’s archives for the future. Materials can also be uploaded to the Museum’s website (2 GB limit per upload).

For further information on the programs or exhibit call (845) 985-7700, email info@timeandthevalleysmuseum.org or visit the Museum’s website.

The Time and the Valleys Museum is a living and interactive resource that preserves the past, educates the present and ensures the uniqueness of the Rondout and Neversink watersheds for all generations.

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