“Home Before the Leaves Fall: The Great War 1914-1918,” a collaborative commemoration of World War I by heritage and educational institutions through the City of Philadelphia, kicked off at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on June 26. Peter John Williams, author of a pictorial history, Philadelphia The War Years delivered a talk that highlighted Philadelphia’s importance as the third largest city in the United States at the start of World War I and as a manufacturing powerhouse known as the “workshop of the world.” Nearly 60, 000 Philadelphia men and 2,000 Philadelphia women served in World War I and thousands more worked in factories and shipyards supporting the war effort. A large naval yard, munitions manufacturing, and an aviation training facility transformed Philadelphia during the years of the Great War into fully mobilized war time economy more commonly associated with the World War II home front.
At the time no one knew to call it World War One. In the mid-1910s it was widely termed the ‘Great War’ and later the ‘War To End All Wars,’ an especially ironic name given the role contemporary historians have argued WWI played in precipitating WWII. In fact the History Channel recently aired a three-part series treating the period from the mid-1910s through the mid-1940s as single era of warfare. This way of remembering World War I, as but a small part of a larger history, is common throughout the United States, although in sharp contrast to much of the rest of the English-speaking world.
From the National Building Museum: In 1996 the National Building Museum instituted Investigating Where we Live, a program bringing together middle […]
A Hunger for Memory and Thirst for Justice: Nourishing Consciousness and Awakening Imagination Event flyer Miller Invite – Description By telling stories gathered […]
From the Humanities Council of Washington D.C. Beginning this year, in partnership with the DC Commission on the Arts and […]
The New York Metro American Studies Association’s annual one day conference, Memory, will be held November 5, 2011 at Parsons, the […]
What does history look like? In school, we learn to conceive of time in a linear fashion, using dates as […]