World War I and America

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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 join us by attending any or all of the following programs:

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World War I and America Book Discussion Series

Wednesday, October 11th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Orion Library - Meeting Rooms A and B

  • High School Age
  • Adults

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?
  • The Experience of War
  • Race and World War I
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.

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Monday Evening Book Discussion

Monday, October 16th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Orion Library - James Ingram Room

  • Adults

World War I and America: We will be discussing A Farewell to Arms by Earnest Hemingway.

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World War I and America Book Discussion Series

Wednesday, October 18th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Orion Library - James Ingram Room

  • High School Age
  • Adults

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:

  • American Women at War
  • The Home Front: Selling Unity, Suppressing Dissent
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.

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World War I and America Book Discussion Series

Wednesday, October 25th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Orion Library - James Ingram Room

  • High School Age
  • Adults

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:

  • America on the World Stage
  • At Home / Coming Home: The Toll of War
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.

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World War I "Hello Girl", Oleda Joure Christides

Wednesday, November 1st from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Orion Library - Meeting Rooms A and B

  • 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.

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PTSD: a discussion for veterans and their families

Tuesday, November 14th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Orion Library - Meeting Rooms A and B

  • 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.

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The Makings of Americans: A WWI Home Front Story

Saturday, November 18th from 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM

Location: Orion Library - Meeting Rooms A and B

  • 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.

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