WWI Centennial Commemoration

We're honoring the 100th anniversary of U.S. involvement in WWI
with presentations & exhibits this November.
In 1917 the United States military, including Menasha’s Company E of the 4th Infantry Division of the National Guard of Wisconsin (some of whom are pictured above) deployed to Europe to defend democracy in one of the greatest conflicts in history.  All 156 men of the Company E volunteered to fight; twenty-seven did not return.  One hundred years later, World War I has for many become The Forgotten War, yet more Americans gave their lives in that war than in the Korean and Vietnam Wars combined. 

This November the library offers multiple exhbits and presentations to learn about, commemorate, and honor the history of The Great War. 

[All of these programs take place in the library’s lower level Company E Room.  Fifty years ago, Menasha’s Common Council dedicated the main meeting room of the public library to the service and valor of Menasha’s Company E, and this year the Council and local veterans re-dedicated the room to those brave men.]

Sunday, November 5, at 2:00pm: World War I Centennial: Why and How We Remember by Historian Tom Sutter.  Mr. Sutter provided many of the artifacts on display this month for this commemoration. 

Thursday, November 9, at 6:00pm: The Outbreak of the War and the Origins of U.S. Involvement by Professor Steven Sheehan of UW-Fox Valley.  Dr. Sheehan is a history professor with a special interest in American History and the origins of World War I and II.

Saturday, November 11, at 9:30am:  Menasha's Company E’s Involvement in the War by Historian Rhys Kuzdas of the Menasha Historical Society.  Hear about the heroic efforts of the young Menasha men who volunteered to become the Company E of the 4th Infantry Division of the National Guard of Wisconsin.  This presentation will be followed by a Veterans Day Ceremony at 11:00am conducted by our local veterans.

Thursday, November 16, at 6:00pm:  Development of the War by Professor Mark Karau, UW-Sheboygan.  Dr. Karau is a history professor and author of the book Germany's Defeat in the First World War, published in 2015.

Monday, November 20, at 6:00pm:  How Americans Remembered the War in Literature, Film, and Art by Professor Scott Emert, UW-Fox Valley. Dr. Emert is a literature professor specializing in American literature.

Exhibits on the library’s art wall and in its display cases will be available during library’s hours.