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"Elgin's Doughboys Fight World War I"

Event Type: Lectures
Age Group(s): Adults
Date: 11/11/2018
Start Time: 12:30 PM
End Time: 1:30 PM
Description:
 On the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, longtime Courier- News columnist Dave Gathman talks about the military aspects of that awful conflict. He will tell about why the war became so terrible and how that could have been avoided; parallels between it and the Vietnam War; his interviews with many of Elgin's World War I veterans; what happened to them before, during and after the war; and how their attitudes toward war compared with those we read about in novels, memoirs, poems and songs from the era. He also will tell how the men of northern Kane County's National Guard Company E set aside a bottle of whisky to be drunk by the last member of the company left alive. Dave, who describes himself as "a military historian temporarily forced to work as a journalist for 40 years," was there when the last Company E doughboy finally drank.
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Library: Main Library    Map
Location: Elgin Room
Registration Ends: 11/11/2018 at 11:00 AM
Status: Closed


We're sorry. The registration deadline was 11/11/2018 at 11:00 AM.