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From Cowboy to Doughboy North Texas in WWI: Mobilization for The Great War

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the U. S. entering “the Great War,” which later became known as WWI. From July to October, visit the library to see how war introduced Texas to the world and the world to Texas and how neither would ever be the same again.

Exhibit

Many aspects of the conflict are still with us, hidden by 100 years of development and progress. This exhibit’s goal is to build awareness of the war across North Texas and connect many generations into a broader discussion of how WWI impacted our communities then and continues to impact them today.

On display throughout the Central Library from Jul. 9 - Oct. 19. There will be an opening reception at 2 p.m. on Sun., Jul. 9.

Film Series

Wings

Two young men of differing social classes learn about friendship, love and the realities of war as fighter pilots during WWI. “It” girl Clara Bow stars alongside Buddy Rogers and Richard Arlen. PG13, 1927, 144 min.

  • 5:30 p.m. Thu., Jul 13, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

The Big Parade

An American soldier faces the challenges of friendship and romance while on the frontlines in France during WWI. Silent era heartthrob John Gilbert and Renée Adorée star in this beautifully shot film by King Vidor. NR, 1925, 151 min.

5:30 p.m. Thu., Jul. 27, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

All Quiet on the Western Front

Based on the famed novel by Erich Maria Remarque, a German soldier on the frontlines becomes disillusioned by war during WWI. NR, 1930, 136 min.

  • 5:30 p.m. Thu., Aug. 10, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

The Dawn Patrol

During WWI, British flying aces must come to grips with the harsh realities of war. Swashbuckling hero Errol Flynn stars alongside David Niven and Basil Rathbone. NR, 1938, 103 min.

  • 5:30 p.m. Thu., Aug. 24, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

The Fighting 69th

Jerry Plunkett, played by James Cagney, is a WWI soldier who cares only for himself and is forced to rethink his ways before it is too late for redemption. NR, 1940, 90 min.

  • 5:30 p.m. Thu., Sept. 7, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

Sergeant York

Academy Award winner Gary Cooper plays Alvin York, a folksy sharpshooter from Tennessee, who becomes a war hero despite his pacifist beliefs. NR, 1941, 134 min.

  • 5:30 p.m. Tue., Sept. 12, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

For Me and My Gal

Judy Garland and Gene Kelly star in this musical about two vaudeville performers who fall in love and are tested by the arrival of WWI. NR, 1942, 104 min.

  • 5:30 p.m. Tue., Sept. 19, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

Paths of Glory

After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer, played by Kirk Douglas, must defend them. NR, 1957, 88 min.

  • 5:30 p.m. Thu., Sept. 28, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

Gallipoli

Two Australian sprinters learn the horrific realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during WWI. PG, 1981, 110 min.

  • 5:30 p.m. Tue., Oct. 3, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

War Horse

After selling his beloved horse to the cavalry, a young British man enlists to serve in WWI. The film follows the journey of both the young man and the horse as they face the hardships of war. PG-13, 2011, 146 min.

  • 5:30 p.m. Tue., Oct. 10, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire star in this story of married couple Irene Castle and Vernon Castle, sensational ballroom dancers prior to WWI. NR, 1939, 93 min.

  • 5:30 p.m. Tue., Oct. 17, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

Programs and Lectures

North Texas and WWI: Before, During, After and Today

Jim Hodgson, Director, Texas WWI Centennial Commemoration Association and Executive Director, Fort Worth Aviation Museum

Mr. Hodgson discusses the worldwide and Texas events that took place during 1914 - 1919. He also examines how the economy, culture and lives of Texans were changed and the continuing impact today. 60 min.

  • 1 p.m. Sat., Jul. 15, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

The Army and Camp Bowie

Tyler Alberts, Executive Director, Military Museum of Fort Worth

Mr. Alberts highlights the history of Camp Bowie and both the immediate and lasting impacts of the camp on the City of Fort Worth. He will touch on impacts to the local economy, the Spanish influenza at the base hospital, Infantry Division training, and the lasting relationship of the camp and the Arlington Heights neighborhood.

  • 1 p.m. Sat., Jul. 29, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

We Fought Too - Native Americans and African Americans in WWI

Dr. Richard Selcer, Author/Historian
Doug Harman, Commissioner, Tarrant County Historical Commission

After the U. S. declared war on Germany in 1917, Native Americans, African-Americans, Hispanics Americans and others became Army soldiers training at Camp Bowie and other camps in Texas. Ms. Homes and Mr. Harman discuss the experiences these groups.

  • 1 p.m. Sat., Aug. 19, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

Regional Culture during WWI

Lynn Spalding, Archivist, Tarrant County Archives

During WWI, Americans spent their leisure time seeing movies, going to vaudeville shows, dancing to popular music in dance halls and reading books. Ms. Spalding focuses on Americans’ consumption of popular culture during the war years and provides examples of regional cultural themes.

  • 1 p.m. Sat., Aug. 26, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

Army Air Service and Royal Flying Corps Airfields

Bill Morris, Director, Fort Worth Aviation Museum and Ben Guttery, Collection Manager, Fort Worth Aviation Museum

Fort Worth and North Texas began its important role in American aviation during WWI with the establishment of military aviation fields, a depot and other facilities that set the foundation for a new era of technological progress that continues to this day. Learn the details of how the airfields were built, the operations around the area and the long-term impact of aviation on Texas.

  • 1 p.m. Sat., Sept. 2, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

Women in War Time

Dr. Kara Dixon Vuic, TCU Department of History

As America was preparing to enter the Great War, women were called upon to assist in the effort. Women of all ages in Fort Worth participated in the war effort through domestic and social measures as well as other skills.

  • 1 p.m. Sat., Sept. 16, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

Monuments & Memory

Hollace Weiner, Fort Worth Jewish Archives

Exposed to wind, rain, and sun many WWI monuments have faded and deteriorated over the past century. Hear the history of the Marble Honor Roll of Jewish Doughboys that has been restored and brought back to visibility in Fort Worth.

  • 1 p.m. Sun., Sept. 17, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

A World Overview of WWI

Justin Jolly, History Professor, Messenger College

WWI was a global phenomenon and had profound effects on nations around the world. Many factors brought the world to war and there was no single reason that each nation or territory chose to enter armed conflict. Professor Jolly provides a world overview of the conflict and examines how global colonialism and imperialism played a part.

  • 1 p.m. Sat., Sept. 23, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

Pre-War and Mexico-Texas Border Conflicts

Kent Knudson, Commissioner, Tarrant County Historical Commission

Mr. Knudson provides an overview of how the events along the Texas Mexico border influenced the Texas involvement in WWI. Some of these events include the Mexican Revolution, the Plan of San Diego, the Columbus Raid and the Zimmermann Telegram. 60 min.

  • 1 p.m. Sat., Oct. 14, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

Sponsors:

  • Ben E. Keith Co.
  • Fash Foundation
  • DuBose Family Foundation
  • Humanities Texas
  • Rotary Club of Fort Worth
  • Sid W. Richardson Foundation, via Imagination Fort Worth
  • Mary Potishman Lard Trust
  • Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Anita Robeson, in memory of her grandfather
  • Ruby Held, in memory of her father
  • Factor & Campbell Attorneys

In-kind donations:

  • Fort Worth Aviation Museum
  • Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
  • Fort Worth Library
  • Military Museum of Fort Worth

Partners:

  • American Legion
  • Fort Worth Aviation Museum
  • Fort Worth Jewish Archives
  • Fort Worth National Archives
  • Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
  • Fort Worth Stockyards Museum
  • Fort Worth YMCA
  • Friends of the Royal Flying Corps Cemetery
  • Frontiers of Flight Museum
  • Historic Fort Worth
  • Imagination Fort Worth
  • Lone Star Film Society
  • Military Museum of Fort Worth
  • Military Order of the World Wars
  • North Fort Worth Historical Society
  • Tarrant County Archives
  • Tarrant County Historical Commission
  • Texas Christian University
  • Texas WWI Centennial Commemoration Association
  • University of Texas Arlington Special Collections
  • White Settlement Historical Society

Last updated: May 15, 2017