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From the Great War: A Postcard Message Sent, Received, and then Retrieved
7/25/23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us at the Lawrence Public Library for a unique presentation by Prof. James J. Heiman of Metropolitan Community College, Blue River.
Selected, written, and sent by soldiers and civilians during the Great War, postcards discovered today in shoe boxes scattered about the vendor booths of antique malls tell authentic stories of unique moments in time that can never be fully replicated. Augmented further with biographical research, these post cards also reveal the larger story of a people who entered into a global conflict carrying the burdens of past conflicts inside. Here in post cards is the story of a native man, Sam Fairbanks, who was inducted into the army in Lawrence, Kansas, in 1917, and his friend Charley Little Owl, who joined an artillery regiment from Minnesota. Both men had attended an Indian Training School. Both men arrived at Camp Mills, New Jersey, ready to embark at the same time, and both men carried with them into a battle for territorial dominance in Europe a history of their own territorial dispossession in America.
Audience members for this program will be eligible for $5 member’s rate tickets to our exhibition On Two Fronts: Kansans Fighting the Great War.
Prof. Heiman will have his books on World War I available for purchase via cash or check at this program.