Way back in the upper part of the closed stacks is an interesting collection of newspapers. They were donated by Mrs. Wilfred S. Rambo in 1969, but our accession records don’t indicate who originally collected the papers. They all come from Europe and all concern the armistice and peace conference that ended World War I.
I would guess that these newspapers were collected by a service man or woman serving with the American Expeditionary Force in Europe. Now, if you’re reading a history blog you probably already know that the fighting in World War I ended at 11 am on November 11, 1918. This was followed by a peace conference in Paris that lasted several months, and was attended by President Woodrow Wilson.
November 11th was made a holiday, originally called “Armistice Day.” It became Veteran’s Day in 1954, and it honors all men and women who have served in our nation’s military. Let’s all thank them this Veteran’s Day.