This schedule replaces the previously published list.
Off to the Great War: Learning About WWI Veterans from Michigan
Many of us have ancestors that served in WWI. Discover how locating the records of their service can shed light on the WWI experience.
- Wednesday, September 12, 6:30 PM, Byron Township
- Wednesday, October 17, 6:00 PM, Wyoming
- Monday, October 22, 6:30 PM, Comstock Park
- Monday, October 29, 6:30 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root)
- Wednesday, November 7, 6:30 PM, Nelson Township/Sand Lake
- Tuesday, November 27, 6:30 PM, Spencer Township
Rosie's Mom and Other Stories of the WWI Homefront
During WWII, Rosie the Riveter became the symbol of working women. Was she an orphan? No...during the Great War, twenty years before, her Mom worked building the armaments for WWI.
Michigan in WW1: Stories of the Home Front
Michigan's contribution to WWI was more than just its service people. It was the center for a spy ring, starting point of the peace movement, center for airplane production and armaments and so much more.
- Monday, September 24, 6:00 PM, Cascade branch
- Monday, October 15, 6:30 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root)
- Monday, October 29, 6:00 PM, Krause Memorial
WWI at Home: Prohibition, Women’s Suffrage, and the Red Summer
Learn about the impact on the home front, including the wartime food rationing, the impact of the 1918 flu epidemic (which is also having its centennial unpleasantly enough), national Prohibition of alcohol, and women’s suffrage. This also addresses the violence of the “Red Summer” of 1919, the worst year for racial violence in U.S. history, and then the “Red Scare” that led to the deportation of hundreds of suspected radicals such as anarchists and communists.
- Friday, October 19, 11:00 AM, Grandville Senior Neighbors Center, 3380 Division Ave SW, Grandville, MI 49418
The Impact of WWI on America and the Journey to WWII
This lecture discusses the long-term outlook of the United States in dealing with international organizations like the League of Nations, the backlash against the expense and consideration of war-profiteering that led to the Nye Committee that investigated U.S. participation in the war during the 1930s, and organizations like “America First” that concerned the U.S. joining WWII.
- Friday, November 9, 11:00 AM, Grandville Senior Neighbors Center, 3380 Division Ave SW, Grandville, MI 49418
WWI: Grand Rapids Airplane Company
Grand Rapids became a bomber city during WWI. Learn how the men and women of the city made this happen.