Armistice Day

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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.

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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.

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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.

Everything you wanted to know about World War I but were afraid to ask

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One hundred years ago this summer, the First World War broke out in Europe.  The war was fought all around the world, and by the time it ended over 16 million people were dead.  It was the first modern war and saw the first widespread use of submarines, chemical weapons, and aircraft.  It changed the map of Europe, destroying four empires, creating nearly a dozen new countries and the first Communist state.  Yet, most Americans are unfamiliar with World War I.  Its battles are not household names and its causes are murky.

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This April the Historical Society of Montgomery County is offering a four-part seminar on World War I to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the war. While the stalemate on the Western Front is perhaps the most well-known aspect of the war, this course will also examine the more dynamic Eastern Front, the famous Arab Revolt, and the war at sea.  It will also cover the home front and the Versailles Peace Conference.  So, if you ever wanted to know more about the “War to end all wars”this is your chance.  The course is $40 per person and begins on Tuesday, April 15th and continues for following three Tuesdays.  Please call the Historical Society if you have any questions or to sign up.