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May 16, 2018

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Portsmouth Athenaeum

9 Market Square

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$10

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603-431-2538

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Portsmouth Athenaeum 2018 Program Series Remembering the Great War: Home and Abroad

One hundred years ago, the war to end all wars came to an end in Europe. The Portsmouth Athenaeum 2018 program series shines a light on World War I soldiers from New Hampshire and the East Coast, the homes of warship builders in Portsmouth, NH and the women who manned the factories to keep our country productive during this turbulent time. We explore how this conflict that played out on a world-wide stage affected the lives of those in our region who fought overseas and the families who remained at home working to support them.

Each program begins at 7:00pm in the Research Library of the Portsmouth Athenaeum at 9
Market Square in Portsmouth, NH (unless otherwise noted.) Reservations for each program are required as seating is limited; please call (603) 431-2538, Ext. 2. Attendance at programs is free for Athenaeum Proprietors, Subscribers and Friends. Guests and members of the public are welcome to attend the entire series by becoming a Friend of the Athenaeum for as little as $25 per year, payable at the door. Admission to an individual program is $10.

On March 21st, Richard Candee presents “Atlantic Heights, Portsmouth’s 1918 ‘War Village’.” At the beginning of World War I, the federal government authorized the establishment of shipyards to construct freighters. One such company was the Atlantic Corporation of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. After building ten ships, the corporation went out of business but the unusual housing development constructed for the workers remains. Follow the work of architect Walter Kilham, who designed what has been called the finest industrial community of the era. A Proprietor of the Athenaeum, Richard M. Candee is Professor Emeritus of American and New England Studies at Boston University.

The following month, on April 18th, Byron Champlin examines “Flying for America: Granite State Airmen and the War in the Air.” Entering the First World War woefully underprepared to fight in an air war, the United States rapidly expanded its Air Service to meet the challenge. Men from the small city of Concord, New Hampshire played a surprisingly prominent role flying for Uncle Sam in the Great War. Hear the story of New Hampshire residents who were members of the 26th Infantry “Yankee” Division. Byron Champlin is a former journalist and historian who is currently writing a book exploring Concord, NH as a microcosm of the American Experience in the First World War.

May 16th brings Hugh Dubrulle with “Over There: The Yankee Division and the Ground War in Europe, 1917-1918.” At the beginning of World War I, the 26th Infantry Division was assembled using National Guard units from every New England state. This so-called “Yankee Division” was the first American infantry division to be transported to France as a complete unit, and it spent more time on the Western front than any other American infantry division but one. Learn of the recruitment, training, and combat experience of this unit with a special emphasis on the 103rd Infantry Regiment which included New Hampshire National Guardsmen. Dr. Hugh Dubrulle is a professor in the Department of History at Saint Anselm College, with particular interests in military history, the British view of the Civil War and modern European history.

After a break, the Athenaeum program series resumes on September 19th, with L’Merchie Frazier and “The Harlem Hellfighters: Powered Differently.” The contributions of the 369th Infantry Regiment of African American Soldiers that served in World War I, along with their courage, commitment and efforts, will be juxtaposed to their experience as black soldiers during the period of Jim Crow segregation. With that lens, the dynamics of their power relationships internationally, nationally and in their community, will be explored to better understand the impact of their service and its reflection on contemporary society.
L’Merchie Frazier is Director of Education and Interpretation for the Museum of African American History and is adjunct faculty in Massachusetts at Pine Manor College and Bunker Hill Community College.

On October 17th, Carrie Brown discusses “Rosie’s Mom: Forgotten Women of the First World War.” One hundred years ago, a full generation before Rosie the Riveter, American women rolled up their sleeves and entered war industries where they had never been welcome before. They ran powerful machinery, learned new skills, and faced the sullen hostility of the men in the shops. Discover their courage and hard work and the impact “the Great War” had on their lives. Explore how these women helped shape the work that their more famous daughters would do in the next World War. Carrie Brown is an independent scholar who holds a doctorate in American Literature and Folklore from the University of Virginia and is the author of two books and many articles and exhibit catalogs.

Finally, on Sunday, November 11th, at 4:00pm, Douglas Aykroyd leads the program, “Poetry of the Great War.” One hundred years ago, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, World War I ended in Europe. The poetry written during or shortly after this war expresses a wide range of emotions and helps us to gain a deeper understanding of the personal impact of that conflict. Join us to explore the thoughts and feelings of those dramatically affected by the “war to end all wars.” Douglas Aykroyd, Secretary of the Athenaeum Board of Directors, is a 1969 graduate of the United States Military Academy and in his 23 years in the Army, often acted as military historian, with opportunities to visit the European battlefields and cemeteries of WWI.