The Start of War

August Events

  
  

 

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War in Europe! The outbreak of war dominated the headlines 100 years ago this week. In the ensuing years of World War I, death and destruction would take place on an unprecedented scale, eventually drawing the U.S. out of neutrality and leaving a lasting mark on the modern world. As we commemorate the centennial of the "war to end all wars," how do we begin to comprehend the events that occurred between 1914 and 1918?

The Lansing Historical Museum's tactic? Harness the power of literature. The museum is hosting "Remembering the Great War 100 Years Later," a four-part book discussion series exploring World War I.
On August 24, Scott Porter of the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, facilitates a discussion of "The Guns of August" by Barbara W. Tuchman at the Leavenworth Library. Other titles in the series -- which runs through May 2015 -- include "The Roses of No Man's Land" by Lyn MacDonald, "Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy" by Diana Preston, and "The Doughboys: The Story of the AEF" by Laurence Stallings. Click here for a full list of events and locations.

The "Remembering the Great War 100 Years Later" book discussion series is supported through a KHC Humanities grant. Humanities and Heritage grants for projects exploring World War I are available. Contact Murl Riedel, director of grants, for more information.

Banner Image: Headline from The Washington Times, July 28, 1914, via Chronicling America.  
 
Speaking of World War I 
KHC has six Speakers Bureau topics in the Humanities Catalog to help you commemorate the centennial of World War I in your community. Contact Leslie Von Holten, director of programs, for more information.  

 

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