Library to Host WWI Exhibit
Mar. 1, 2017
Orland Park Public Library will be putting on events and showing an exhibit in the month of March starting March 5 at 2 p.m. to mark the 100th anniversary of U.S.’s entry into the Great War in 1917.
The World War I and America exhibit and events are made possible in part by a grant from The National Endowment for the Humanities, in conjunction with the Library of America, The Gilder Lehrman Institute, Warrior Writers, the Wounded Warrior Project, The National WWI Museum and Memorial, The World War One Centennial Commission, The Orland Park Veterans’ Commission, the Orland Park Veterans’ Center, the Ridge Historical Society, and many others.
World War I and America brings members of the veteran community together with the general public in libraries and museums around the country to explore the transformative impact of the First World War by reading, discussing, and sharing insights into the writings of Americans who experienced it firsthand.
Determined by the Library of Congress to be one of the presentations; Johnnies, Tommies and Sammies World War I and America will be presented by William Brooks, Professor of Music from the University of York, UK and five other historians. This presentation is about music and the WWI Alliance; it is about the contribution that music played in bringing the Allied forces together. This event is generously sponsored by local restaurants: Submarina, Papa Joe's, White Castle and The Original Baby's. Held at 3 p.m. on March 5, patrons are encouraged to visit the library early at 2 p.m. see the exhibit open.
World War I and America is a major initiative involving public programs in all fifty states, a traveling exhibition, a multimedia website, and the publication of an anthology of writings by Americans who experienced World War I.
The Orland Park Public Library is located at 14921 Ravinia Avenue in Orland Park, IL 60462. Hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information please visit www.orlandparklibrary.org/wwi where more information including events and supplemental reading can be found.