Blogs Category: World War I

Words of War and the Road Back

On the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month of 1918, land, sea and air power ceased and the Great War finally concluded. Whether you know it by the original name of Armistice Day, or as Remembrance Day, Poppy Day, or Veterans Day, as it is known in the United States, November […]

Veterans and The Road Back at the Mary Pickford Theater: Saturday, November 10

Screened in conjunction with The Road Back: Veterans and Literary Writing Symposium on veterans’ “road back,” focusing on the use of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction as a means of healing from the trauma of war, and presented by the Library’s Poetry and Literature Center, Veterans History Project, and Exhibits Office, the Mary Pickford Theater […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (Nov. 1 - 3, 2018)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, November 1 (7:30 p.m.) The Dawn Patrol (First National, 1930) Richard Barthelmess and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. co-star as two ace pilots in a Royal Flying Corps squadron dealing with the stress of combat in France during World War I. John Monk […]

Happy Birthday, VHP! Cheers to 18 Years

The following is a blog post about Veterans History Project (VHP)’s 18th birthday.    Do you remember your 18th birthday? Birthdays, especially milestone birthdays,are often a time of celebration paired with reflection. You consider how far you have come, and yet dream of the next chapters.  As the Veterans History Project (VHP) turns 18 we find ourselves […]

At the Packard Campus -- November 2018

In November, the Packard Campus Theater will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One with three feature films that take place during the conflict: Howard Hawk’s original version of The Dawn Patrol, released in 1930 and starring Richard Barthelmess and Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Wings (1927), directed by William A. Wellman and […]

Baseball and World War I

This is a guest post by Naomi Coquillon, an education specialist in the Interpretive Programs Office. The post ties together themes from two major concurrent exhibitions on display at the Library: Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I and Baseball Americana. When the United States entered World War I on April […]

A Musical League of Nations: The 1918 Berkshire Festival of Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge

The following is a guest post from Robin Rausch, Head of Reader Services in the Music Division. For three days in September, in 1918, the musical elite gathered in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, for what was billed as the first chamber music festival ever given in America.  It took place September 16-18, two months before the November […]