World War I and America

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The Augusta Museum of History is pleased to offer a series of in-depth presentations on this area's efforts during World War I. Stretching back to the Revolutionary War, the Fall line of the Savannah River has provided the military with an ideal place to train and manufacture arms.

World War I and America marks the 100th anniversary of American entry into World War I. It is a two-year initiative that explores the continuing relevance of the war by reading, discussing, and sharing insights into the writings of Americans who experienced it firsthand.

The project aims to bring members of the veteran community, in particular, together with the general public in libraries and museums around the country to explore the transformative impact of the First World War. Providing scholar-moderated opportunities for those who served in more recent conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan to bring their experiences to bear on historical events and texts, the project will illuminate for a wide audience the lasting legacies of World War I, and the similarities and differences between past and present.

Free Sessions

World War I and the American Reader

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Dr. Lee Ann Caldwell, Director of the Center for the Study of Georgia History and University Historian of Augusta University will facilitate this session. Three veterans, Tom Sutherland, Kathleen Barnhart and Christine Betts, will read passages from WWI writers and writings.

WWI Impact on the River Region

Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Topics will highlight Camp Hancock, Barnes Field, and individuals from the River Region involved in WWI. This session will be conducted by Steve Rauch, who is a retired Army Ordinance officer and currently serves as the U.S. Army Signal Corp historian at Fort Gordon.

WWI History Detective: Primary Source Program and Tour

Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Amy Schaffman, the Museum's Education Manager, will introduce both children and adults to the Museum's vast collection relating to World War I. This will include using reproductions and providing tours of the Museum's permanent exhibition galleries focusing on Augusta's military ties. Tours will be led by Lt. Col Tom Sutherland (US Army Ret.), who served in Special Forces, 82nd Airborne, Big Red One, Signal Brigade and served two tours in Vietnam.

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The program is part of the 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.

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