“Before the Yanks Were ‘Over There’: American Volunteers in World War I, 1914-1917

October 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
"Before the Yanks Were 'Over There': American Volunteers in World War I, 1914-1917

Join former Cazenovia College professor Dr. Tim McLaughlin October 10th for a look at the beginning years of WWI, prior to the United States’ entry.

Years before the United States entered WWI, American volunteers took an active part in the conflict. Many drove ambulances that played a critical part in saving lives during battles like the slaughter at Verdun. A handful joined in the rapidly evolving air war over the Western Front on the Layfayette Escadrille. Men like Walter G. Oakman Jr., who eventually settled in Cazenovia, overcame neutrality laws to enlist in the British or Canadian forces prior to the American entry into the war. This presentation features their stories.

Check our calendar for more programs honoring the centennial anniversary of Armistice Day. Lectures and films featuring areas of World War I study are planned throughout the September and October. These events are free and open to the public. Call the Library at 315.655.9322 with details.