Delaware and World War I: Readings and Reflections
Thursday, November 09, 2017  6:00 PM
Delaware History Museum - Wilmington
WWI Centenary Anniversary Programming


Delaware and World War I: Readings and ReflectionsThe Delaware Historical Society will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I through a series of public programs and exhibitions that will take place starting in November.  DHS was awarded a programming grant from the Library of America that is part of a two-year initiative involving public programs in all fifty states, a traveling exhibition, a multimedia website, and the publication of the World War I and America anthology, which includes writings by Americans who experienced the war.  In addition to the programming grant, the Society will also host the associated traveling panel exhibition for the month of November in Old Town Hall.

An objective of the grant programming is to bring members of the veteran community together with the general public to explore the transformative impact of the war by reading, discussing, and sharing insights into the writings of Americans who experienced it firsthand.  The grant also provides topics and guiding questions that the programs should address.  The Society is partnering with the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs to explore topics including the Experience of the War, Race and World War I, and American Women at War, and to grapple with the questions the war provoked such as should Americans try to “make the world safe for democracy?”; are American claims to moral leadership abroad vitiated by racial injustice at home?; and what does the nation owe to those who fight on its behalf?

This program will be an informal discussion of and reflection on the war based on a look at primary sources from the time and scholarly commentary. Selections of readings from the World War I and America Reader, as well as from the Society’s WWI diaries and letters, will be read by students from Mt. Pleasant High School’s Army JROTC program while Historian Kennard Wiggins, author of Delaware in World War I, will serve as facilitator, by introducing the historical context, providing commentary after each selection is read, and inviting conversation from the audience.

A reception will follow.
Free parking provided by Colonial Parking, Sixth and Shipley streets.

Reservations requested: (302) 655-7161 or deinfo@dehistory.org



This program is part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of 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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