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Cover of Soldiers Unknown by Chag Lowry
Cover of Soldiers Unknown by Chag Lowry

Grantee Feature– Over Here: Nevada County’s Experience of World War I

Harold Granger and Lauren Moody. Courtesy of Nevada County Historical Society
Harold Granger and Lauren Moody. Courtesy of Nevada County Historical Society

Although the battlefields of World War I were far from rural Nevada County, its residents were deeply engaged in the war’s issues and the challenges it presented.  The war was the most consequential event of the 20th century, yet it has almost faded from modern memory. Over Here: Nevada County’s Experience of World War I is a multifaceted program designed to reconnect our community to this transformational event in our nation’s history.  Our program is scheduled to coincide with the worldwide commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice between Germany and the Allies that brought and end to the fighting of the Western Front on November 11, 1918.

Check out these three exhibits in Nevada City and Grass Valley associated with this initiative.

Humanitarians on the Home Front exhibit pays tribute to Grass Valley’s Frances Jones and her noteworthy humanitarian wartime work.  On View until the end of November at the Madelyn Helling Branch Library in Nevada City.

Madelyn Helling Branch Library, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City, CA 95959
Monday, Thursdays: 10 am – 7 pm
Tuesday, Wednesdays, Fridays : 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday: Closed

 

Stanford Song Festival, June 9, 1918
Stanford Song Festival, June 9, 1918

The Art of War – 1914-1919:  A Window Gallery of the Poster Art of World War I will showcase some of the dynamic posters that rallied our nation. Thanks to the combined efforts of the Grass Valley Historical Commission and the Nevada County Historical Society, the windows of a currently-vacant storefront will be transformed into a nostalgic gallery at 206 W. Main St., Grass Valley.  This exhibit will run throughout November.  

Storefront Exhibit at 206 W Main Street, Grass Valley

Wake up, America!  Nevada County During World War I exhibit will feature artifacts from the Nevada County Historical Society and will run from November 1st through December 31st.  

The Eric Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City, CA 95959
Open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
On View until December 31

Other associated public programming include:

The Yanks Are Coming– Lecture by Gage McKinney on November 4  at the North Star House, 12075 Auburn Road, Grass Valley, CA

World War I and the Making of the Modern Middle East, Lecture on November 9 at Sierra Presbyterian Church, 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City, CA

Music to Unite A Nation: Songs of World War I and the Story of Ernestine Schumann-Heink on November 10 at Foothill Events Center, 400 Idaho Maryland Road, Grass Valley, CA

Illustration by Chag Lowry

Soldiers Unknown: A Graphic Novel by California’s Native Americans in WWI, Lecture by Chag Lowry on November 17 at Doris Foley Historical Library, 211 N. Pine St, Nevada City, CA

This program is part of a project entitled Over Here: Nevada County’s Experience of WWI which is supported by California Humanities through an Humanities for All Quick Grant. 

 

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