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World War I- 
A Series at the Wilmette Library
 
   
August 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. This fall the Library will offer a series on "The Great War."  
 
Register for the book discussions and programs via the
Library's online calendar or call 847 256-6930.
Click here for a list of the World War I materials.
 
 
Book Discussions    7 pm

Led by Paul Grasmehr, Reference Coordinator 

at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library.

October 8  

Catastrophe 1914 : Europe Goes to War by Max Hastings     
A history of the war's outbreak from the breakdown of diplomacy to the dramatic battles that occurred before the war bogged down in the trenches.

             

November 12  

Storm of Steel  by Ernst Junger
A memoir of astonishing power and lyricism, the book illuminates not only the horrors but also the  fascination of total war, seen through the eyes of an ordinary German soldier. 
 
Registration required.  Sign up here.
 
 
 
Programs
  
World War I -How and Why the US Got Involved 
Wednesday, September 10
Dr. Paul Herbert, Executive Director, First Division Museum at Cantigny, will discuss the US entry into the war, from the initial stance of neutrality, to the evolution of President Woodrow Wilson's thinking and policies amid a changing international scene, and finally to the declaration of war in April, 1917.  Using materials from the McCormick Research Center at Cantigny, he will cover the experience of Chicago Tribune publisher Robert R. McCormick during these years and the organization and deployment of the first combat troops sent to France, the First Division. 
 
Military Genealogy-Finishing the Story 
Saturday,  Sept 27 at 11 am
Tracing a World War I or II soldier can be challenging. Many researchers are unaware of the records and resources available outside of the usual genealogical sources. Explore the lives, service, and deaths of three soldiers,  and learn about numerous military resources available. Through a brief reading from her new book  Stories of the Lost, Jennifer Holik will demonstrate how to write the stories of your Soldier.
Mike at the Movies : Global Perspectives on WWI 
Saturday, October 18 at 2 pm
Film scholar Michael Smith will examine cinematic depictions of the "Great War" from a variety of perspectives. Film clips will include portrayals of the conflict as seen by Hollywood in the silent as well as the sound era not to mention responses from France and Germany, where the reaction was more "coded" through the bleak movement known as Expressionism.
Myths and Realities of World War I 
Sunday,  December 7 at 2 pm 
  
In the popular imagination, WWI consisted of repeated attacks  by neat rows of infantry against trenches defended by barbed wire and machine guns, resulting in the slaughter of a generation of young men. The reality of war was far more complex. Thomas Mockaitis,  PhD, Professor of  History at DePaul, will consider  the significance of the war in historical context.
  
 
 
Film Screenings
2:30 and 6:30 pm
 
October 10       
 All Quiet on the Western Front  
A group of young World War I German recruits pass from idealism to disillusionment with war.
  
 
 
November 7  
Paths of Glory
 During WWI, a French battalion is ordered on a suicide mission that is likely
to fail .When it does, the general that planned the mission selects three soldiers from the battalion to be executed for cowardice, and selects their leader as their attorney.   
 
 
December 5
Joyeux Noel 
Based on the true story of three armies in the bloody trenches of World War I and the miraculous Christmas Eve truce they unexpectedly forge.   Subtitled.
 
  
 
 
 
For more information contact Nancy Wagner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or (847) 256-6930.
 
    
 
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