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Clayton State Library to celebrate World War I centennial

Clayton State Library to celebrate World War I centennial

Sep 05 2017

Clayton State Library is one of 120 libraries across the country selected to participate in the nationwide initiative called World War I & America. Funded through a grant awarded to Library of America with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the programming will highlight the influence of the First World War in America and abroad.

Organized to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the nation’s entry into the war in 1917, the project will bring members of the veteran community together with the general public in libraries and museums around the country to explore the transformative impact of the First World War by reading, discussing, and sharing insights into the writings of Americans who experienced it firsthand.

Providing scholar-moderated opportunities for those who served in more recent conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan to bring their experiences to bear on historical events and texts, the project will illuminate for a wide audience the lasting legacies of World War I, and the similarities and differences between past and present.

 The grant also includes a copy of World War I and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It, a collection of writings and speeches by soldiers, nurses, activists, and others who experienced the War.

“We are pleased to receive this grant from Library of America and the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide programming around these historical sources. We hope participants will be inspired to further explore the impact of war on America throughout history, the present, and into the future,” said Gordon Baker, Dean of Libraries.

Clayton State Library has partnered with the Veterans Resource Center and the Student Veterans Association to offer a series of grant-funded events.

The first event will consist of a facilitated discussion among a panel of veterans. Panelists will respond to and reflect upon the writings of individuals who experienced World War I. Guided by a scholar facilitator, the panelists and audience will explore the project themes of “Why Fight?”, “America on the World Stage,” and “Race and WWI.” The Veterans Panel will take place on Thursday, September 28th at 6:30 pm in room 101 of the Harry S. Downs Center for Continuing Education.

In October, the community is invited to participate in a second panel focusing on Women & War. Through primary sources, scholarly analysis, firsthand accounts, and documentary film footage, we will explore the influence of and impact upon “American Women at War” and “Home Front” issues throughout the past, present, and into the future. The Women & War discussion event will take place on Wednesday, October 25th at 6:30 pm in room 101 of the Harry S. Downs Center for Continuing Education.

All WWI & America programming offered by the Clayton State Library is free and open to the public. Veterans and non-veterans alike are welcome to attend. Faculty are encouraged to offer credit for attendance or related special assignments. The library will feature resources to supplement student research into the topics covered during the events.

For more information about these events and to stay up to date with future WWI & America programming, please visit or contact Erin Nagel at (678) 643-0268 or

This program is part of World War I and America, 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. Visit

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