A new film by filmmaker Cathy Lee Crane, The Manhattan Front: Women, anarchists, and spies conjure the fantastically true story of how America entered World War I is set to premiere in New York City on Sunday, November 11th, at the Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Ave, New York. [Read more…] about New Film About WWI, Women, Anarchists, and Spies
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Local historian and author Anthony Gero is set to present a lecture about African American soldiers on Sunday, November 4 at 2 pm in the Carriage House Theater at the Cayuga Museum.
In this presentation, Gero will offer a vision of these soldiers’ legacies from 1750 through the First World War, featuring the role of African Americans from Cayuga County.
The Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Department of Cultural Affairs launched its fall season with an exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War in Jersey City, New Jersey.
WWI: Beyond Flanders Fields curated by Michelle Vitale, HCCC Director of Cultural Affairs honors New Jersey veterans and features unique military items from the National World War I Museum and Memorial, lectures by distinguished scholars, and interactive displays. [Read more…] about Jersey City World War I Centennial Exhibition Opens
A program focusing on the Polish community in Utica during World War One, led by Patricia Bury Yocum, has been set for October 13th, 2018 at the Oneida County History Center.
Poles in Utica worked tirelessly during the Great War to support the war, war relief, and the re-establishment of Poland as an independent nation. ZłotaKsięga: A Golden Book, or Five years of work for Poland in Utica (1919) commemorates these efforts recognizing the material and human sacrifices. [Read more…] about How Utica Aided Poland In World War I
A century ago on September 29, 1918, Allied forces breached the formidable 400-mile Hindenburg Line, spelling the beginning of the end for Imperial Germany in World War I. In the vanguard that cool, misty morning were two American divisions under British-Australian command. The 30th division, nicknamed “Old Hickory” after Andrew Jackson, was drawn from North and South Carolina and Tennessee National Guard regiments.
The 27th division, commanded by Major General John F. O’Ryan and nicknamed “O’Ryan’s Roughnecks,” was drawn entirely from New York National Guard units. Fresh but inexperienced, the Americans lost heavily that day in the battle of St. Quentin Canal. Among the fallen was my great uncle, Everett Wallace Baker, not yet 20, who had enlisted with several Newburgh Free Academy classmates the previous year. [Read more…] about 100 Yrs Ago New Yorkers Breached the Hindenburg Line
The segregated 369th United States Infantry, also known as the “Harlem Hellfighters,” assigned to fight in the French Army’s 161st Division, served 191 days in front line trenches in France, more than any other American unit, and also suffered the most losses of any American regiment with approximately 1,500 casualties. Soldiers fought on two fronts, domestically and internationally, to show both their bravery and patriotism to defend America as well as their efforts to have the respect and rights as full citizens free from racial discrimination. [Read more…] about Harlem WWI Armistice 100th Anniversary Observance Set
The word hero is often tossed around loosely, but when it comes to wounded soldiers, no one argues that it’s fitting — so what does it say about someone else when wounded soldiers call them heroes? Consider American women during World War I. Although many wanted to, they didn’t have to serve because of their sex, and could support the troops by important actions at home. But some chose to place themselves near the front lines, and with no weapons to defend themselves. Their only protection came from nebulous agreements by both sides not to bomb hospitals and care centers.
That’s what nurses did, risking their lives to comfort, save the lives of, or ease the deaths of, soldiers. Which explains why so many wounded men referred to nurses as the real heroes. A fine example of that circumstance, with an unusual twist or two, involved Ruth Williams of Ogdensburg. [Read more…] about Ruth Williams: A World War One Nurse Overseas
The Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison, in partnership with The Living History Education Foundation has announced a Military Reenactment Day set for Sunday, August 26 from 11 am to 4 pm.
On the grounds of Boscobel House and Gardens, directly overlooking the Hudson River and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, military reenactors will set up encampments from the American Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War, and World Wars. They demonstrate camp life with inspections, formations, musket firings, artillery demonstrations, and drills. [Read more…] about Military Reenactment Day at Boscobel, Garrison, NY
Two new exhibits are set to open at the Oneida County History Center on August 9, 2018.
World War I Centennial: Oneida County and New York in the Great War commemorates the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into the first World War by focusing on the American experience and local history of the war. The exhibit uses original documents, artifacts, and posters to explore topics such as New York’s efforts to fund the war and conserve resources, technological innovation and its impacts, women in the war, and individual Utican’s experiences during the conflict.
The Alice T. Miner Museum and the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute have announced a Centennial Summer Fair to be held on Saturday, July 14 at Miner Institute in Chazy, from 1 to 4 pm. This event will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One and will also serve as a fundraiser for the United Way of the Adirondack Region.
The Fair will give visitors the opportunity to learn about the significance of World War I and to enjoy period-themed entertainment and refreshments. [Read more…] about Centennial Summer Fair at Miner Institute