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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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