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World War I

November 11, 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the war we know as World War I. From November to February, visit the library to see how war had lasting impact on the citizens and culture of North Texas.


Remember Me!

The exhibit will present personal stories of the experiences of veterans and civilians and their experiences in war and contributions at home. There were many casualties and devastating physical and psychological injuries. Exhibit is suitable for everyone.

On display in the Gallery, West Wing, and Glass Display Case of the Central Library from Nov. 10, 2018 - Feb. 23, 2019. There will be an opening reception on Sat., Nov. 17, at 2 p.m.

Film Series

Join us for a selection of movies set during World War I.

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

In the silent epic that made Rudolph Valentino a star, a wealthy Argentinian family finds itself divided along enemy lines during the Great War. 1921, NR, 134 min.

  • 5:30 p.m. Thu. Nov. 15, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

Film for adults.

Hell’s Angels

Howard Hughes’ great aviation war epic tells the story of two brothers who fall in love with the same woman whilst fighting in the Great War. 1930, PG, 135 min.

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

Film for adults.

The Great Waldo Pepper

Robert Redford plays a World War I flight trainer and later famous barnstormer in this film loosely based on the life of Fort Worth aviator Ormer Locklear. 1975, PG, 107 min.

  • 5:30 p.m. Thu. Jan. 17, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall


The story of the first American fighter pilots, the Lafayette Escadrille, who volunteered to fight with the French military before the United States entered the war. 2006, PG-13, 140 min.

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

Programs and Lectures

Industry, Labor and the End of the First World War

WWI witnessed an industrial boom in North Texas. History professors Justin Jolley and Amber Jolley focus on how industries such as coal, oil, agriculture and the railroad drastically increased while the U.S was engaged in the conflict. However, after the conclusion of the war, the economy shrank drastically. This shrinkage led to a decrease in demand for industrial goods, a cutback in hours and wages, and labor turmoil.

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

Program is 60 minutes and for adults.

Texas, Before, During, and After the First World War

Explore Texas as it entered the Great War and was then transformed by the experience. Jim Hodgson, Executive Director of the Fort Worth Aviation Museum, explores the factors that changed the economy and culture of Texas to form a post-Civil War society into the modern age.

  • 2 p.m. Sat. Dec. 15, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

Program is 60 minutes and for adults.

Cowboys to Dough Boys: World War I Era Ranch Life in West Texas

Few images captivate the imagination more than the Texas cowboy at home on the range. Many left that home for the war never returned and their loss greatly impacted ranch life during the heyday of the Fort Worth Stockyards. Dawn Youngblood Ph.D., Archivist from the Tarrant Country Archives, shares fabulous images from the Tarrant County Archives and what she learned about the World War I era cowboy while authoring The SMS Ranch (Arcadia 2017).

  • 2 p.m. Sat. Jan. 12, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

World War I Aviation in Fort Worth and Some of Its Consequences

Bill Morris, Historian at the Fort Worth Aviation Museum, explores Fort Worth’s involvement in World War I aviation and the lasting legacy of that contribution on the growth and economy of the city.

  • 2 p.m. Sat. Jan. 26, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

Camp Bowie: The Final year and Lasting Impact

Tyler Alberts, Military Museum of Fort Worth, Executive Director Tyler Alberts, Executive Director of the Military Museum of Fort Worth, highlights the use of Camp Bowie as a demobilization camp, the effects of the war on the men coming home, as well as the death of the camp and birth of the west side.

  • 2 p.m. Sat. Feb. 9, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

World War I Ended But Led to More Warfare

The war came to an end, but the terms of the peace laid the foundation for another world war and for continuing conflicts in the Middle East. Doug Harman Ph.D. explores how the end of war impacted the world in the following years.

  • 2 p.m. Sat. Feb. 16, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

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Last updated: Oct. 10, 2018