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Saturday, September 30, 2017

"World War I and America" series

Today I'm speaking just to people able to attend events in the metro Detroit area BUT before you stop reading, since this is about a program that is grant funded, if you would like to bring my storytelling program your way, it may help to know my storytelling is recognized as grant worthy and is also part of the Michigan Humanities Council's Arts and Humanities Touring Directory.  The 2017 Arts and Humanities Touring Directory Grants are closed, but plan now for grants for 2018.  I value creative thinking and will work with you on funding your program, whether by a grant from the Humanities Council or elsewhere, or a sponsorship, or another way to bring storytelling to your audiences.
Storytelling can be included as part of a series offering varied approaches.  Telling about the U.S. World War I Centennial my Hello Girls program has sometimes been scheduled in mixed company.  I don't usually list my programs here, but because it gives an opportunity to discover such a rich assortment of experience by the various leaders, if you can join this series, I hope you will.  For readers able to go, here is further information.  To register, click on the underlined hotlinks given below.  The Orion Township Public Library location and contact information is given at the end.

The Orion Township Public Library has received a World War I and America grant, which marks the 100th anniversary of the nation’s entry into the war in 1917.  World War I and America’s principal objective is to bring veterans and their families together with the general public to explore the American experience of war and its role in shaping the contemporary world by reading, discussing, and sharing insights into the writings of Americans who experienced it firsthand.
To that end, we hope you can attend any or all of the following programs:

World War I and America Book Discussion Series

Wednesdays, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM for Students, Adults, and
Senior CitizensWorld War I and America - Cover Img

Join Oakland University's Dr. Karen Miller as she moderates a series of three discussions of readings drawn from the book World War I and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It. In compiling World War I and America, distinguished scholars were invited to write brief essays related to World War I. The writers - soldiers, airmen, nurses, diplomats, statesmen, political activists, journalists — provide unique insight into how Americans perceived the war and how the conflict transformed American life. This evening the readings and discussion will follow the following themes:
  • Why Fight? October 11
  • The Experience of War October 18
  • Race and World War I  October 25
Register for the whole series or any of the evenings online, and stop by the library to pick up the readings being discussed so that you can read them ahead of time. Discussions will also include other forms of media related to each evening's themes. 

Monday, October 16,  7:00 PM to 8:30 PM for Adults
Discuss Ernest Hemingway's classic A Farewell to Arms
Copies are available now at the Adult Reference desk.

The rest of the series:

Hello Girl Collage

World War I “Hello Girl”, Oleda Joure Christides

Wednesday, November 1 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM for All Ages

World War I was won not only on the battlefield, but also at the phone switchboard. Join local storyteller Lois Keel as she shares the story of how bilingual operators helped General Pershing in France. Oleda was a Michigan teenager, a weekend musician, and a telephone supervisor who saw it all, including a 60 year battle to win veteran’s status.

Tuesday, November 14 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM for All Ages

Dr. Eric BeShears, clinical psychologist, with the John D. Dingell, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, will speak on the topic of PTSD and Moral Injury. The program is especially geared towards veterans and their family members, or anyone whose lives PTSD had affected. Topics discussed will include what PTSD is, what it looks like to loved ones, the toll it takes on family members, and what happens if PTSD is not treated. Also discussed will be the relatively new issue that is being addressed in the mental health field, Moral Injury. Dr. BeShears welcomes questions throughout his discussion, and the program can become as interactive as the audience prefers.

The Makings of Americans: A WWI Home Front Story

Saturday, November 18 from 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM for All Ages

Historian Dennis Skupinski will present an interactive program about WWI and Michigan. Michigan's work force included many European workers who were affected when Michigan's industry was needed for the war effort. How did these workers react to war on their former countries? George Creel and the Committee on Public Information who promoted Nationalism, combating dissent and creating a patriotic "Home Front", will also be discussed. Veterans of any war and their families are invited attend and will have the opportunity to share their stories and/or reactions to the topics discussed.

This series is part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of The Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.

825 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion, MI  48362

For more information contact or call 248-693-3001.

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