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History @ NCL: Mark D. Van Ells: America and World War I: A Traveler’s Guide

January 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Lamb Room

Historian and author Mark D. Van Ells will be discussing his book American and World War I: A Traveler’s Guide which follows the history and footsteps of the iconic Doughboy from the training camps of the US to the frontlines of Europe.

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It has now been a century since World War I began, but America’s role in this colossal struggle has been largely forgotten on both sides of the Atlantic. Historian and travel writer Mark D. Van Ells aims to change that. America and World War I follows in the footsteps of the Doughboy – as the U.S. soldier of the Great War was known – from the training camps of the United States to the frontlines of Europe. Tracing the totality of America’s experience from the factors that led the nation to enter the war in April 1917 to the armistice in November 1918, his riveting narrative describes a military buildup on a scale the world had never seen, as well as the war’s major battles and campaigns – and, throughout, it leads the traveler to the memorials erected in the Doughboys’ wake, as well as to the many places that remain unmarked and uncommemorated.

MARK D. VAN ELLS is Professor of History at Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1999, and is a native of the Badger State.  Prior to his position at Queensborough, he taught for Mt. Senario College and the University of Wisconsin – Platteville.  Dr. Van Ells also served as Archivist/Historian at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison from 1994 to 1998.  Among his duties at the museum was the conduct of the Wisconsin Veterans Oral History Program, in which he interviewed nearly 200 veterans who served in conflicts ranging from World War I to Somalia.  His research specialties include the cultural history of U.S. military, immigration and ethnicity, World War II, and popular culture.

Details

Date:
January 13
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Organizer

Anthony Marrocolla
Phone:
203-504-5078
Email:
amarrocolla@newcanaanlibrary.org

Venue

Lamb Room
151 Main Street
New Canaan, CT 06840 United States
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Phone:
2035945003