World War I and America at Milpitas Library

Milpitas Library is proud to present World War I and America,s 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.  Special thanks to the Friends of the Milpitas Library for making this possible.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the nation's entry into the war in 1917, WWI and America brings members of the veteran community together with the general public in libraries and museums around the country. Participants explore the transformative impact of the First World War by reading, discussing, and sharing insights into the writings of Americans who experienced it firsthand. The project illuminates for a wide audience the lasting legacies of World War I, and the similaries and differences between past and present.

Schedule of events:

democracy defeated: emma goldman 1917-1919

Sunday, April 2nd at 2:00pm
Distinguished Organization of American Historians Lecturer Dr. Candace Falk will tell the dramatic tale of wartime suppression of dissent as seen through the experiences of an immigrant advocate of the free speech of America's promise, whose eloquence was both feared and revered; whose trial, imprisonment, and deportation sent shock waves through the nation; and whose words remain an inspiration and a warning.

World War one and America

Wednesday, April 5th at 7:00pm
Join Professor Eric Narveson as he explores the story of World War I. "The Great War" began with a series of events that unfolded in the summer of 1914. European powers would soon discover new military realities that would change their perceptions about how the war would be waged. By the time the United States entered the war, millions of lives across the world had already been lost; however, America's involvement all but ensured the outcome.


The effect of combat on veterans' lives

Sunday, April 9th at 2:00pm
Every veteran of war carries with them the memory of combat, yet that experience affects their lives in different ways. This talk will explore those effects with anecdotal history as well as some conclusions and tips on better understanding the combat veteran. Presentation from Professor Eric Narveson followed by a panel featuring veterans Denny Weisgerber (USMC, retired) and Dana Arbaugh (USAF, retired).

documentary screening: world war I: American Legacy

Thursday, April 6th, 6:30pm
World War I: American Legacy tells the many forgotten stories of the men and women who served in the Great War. From the summer of 1914 to November 1918, WWI cost over 14 million lives, devastated entire countries, and destroyed countless architectural landmarks. The war also led to important developments in literature, technology, music, and social equality that have shaped the culture of 21st century America. Filmed in high definition and full of period music, photographs, and monuments, World War I: American Legacy brings the extreme detail of the Great War to life.

film screening: sergeant york

Wednesday, April 19th at 6:30pm
This 1941 film is the story of a boy (Gary Cooper) drafted into the military who begins his career as a pacifist and then soon sees the justification for fighting.

film screening: Paths of Glory

Monday, April 24th at 6:30pm
A compelling masterpiece from world-class director/writing Stanley Kubrick, Paths of Glory is a blistering indictment of military politics and an "unforgettable movie experience."


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