Bath Historical Society presents a lecture by the State Historian, Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., on Maine during World War I.
One hundred years ago this last spring, on April 6, 1917, America entered World War I. With the same patriotic fervor that Maine had responded to a call for troops in the Civil War, 35,000 men and women across the state joined the military in 1917-18 to fight in a “war to end all wars” that promised to “make the world safe for democracy.” Maine civilians supported the war by purchasing 118.4 million dollars in government bonds and 8.4 million dollars in war savings stamps. Private sector relief programs operated by the American Red Cross, YMCA, YWCA, and the Salvation Army also received generous contributions from the public. By the end of the war, every man, woman, and child in the state had donated an average of $147 to the war effort.
This illustrated lecture documents the role played by Maine men and women in World War I, especially here at home. Previously unseen historic photographs, many of them real photo post cards of the period, tell the story of recruitment, troop departures, parades, bond drives, shipbuilding, war-related industries, and knitting socks for the soldiers. This chapter in Maine’s past comes alive in these century-old pictures.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 10 AM. For more information, call 443-5141, extension 18.