Where Do We Go From Here? America in the First World War

Join us as we continue our commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the United States entering World War One.

The story of war is much more than the recital of facts, battles, strategies, dates, casualties, and treaties. No matter the impacts of war upon nations and the world order, the underlying story of a war is its immediate and long-lasting impacts on individuals. The impacts are upon the planners and initiators of a war, the combatants in the war, the families of participants, and those who must suffer the privations always attendant to war and its aftermath.

World War I Film Series

Our partners at the Arvada Center present two World War I film events:

Saturday, January 13, 2:00 p.m.
Arvada Center for  the Arts and Humanities
6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada, 80003
Come watch Lawrence of Arabia, followed by a scholar-led discussion.  This classic film tells the story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who servied as a liasion between the Arabs and the British in their fight against the Turks.  Tickets are $15 each.

Saturday, March 17, 7:30 p.m.
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
Come see All Quiet on the Western Front, the first major anti-war film of the sound era.  This film tells the story of a young soldier facing profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I.  Ticket price: $15.

World War I Commemoration Reading Series

The participants in the World War I Commemoration Reading Series will be offered opportunities to read and discuss novels and memoirs that explore triumph, patriotism, loss, separation, death, and remembrance.   The libraries below will continue this series with scholar-facilitated discussions of Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain.  A memoir of a young nurse and the losses she endured during World War One, it describes how the author left her studies at Oxford to enlist as a nurse for the armed forces, her work in London and Malta, and her service on the Western Front.

Book Discussion Libraries for Testament of Youth

Golden History Museum
923 10th Street, Golden, 80401
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Contract Megan Murphy, 303.235.5275

Lafayette Library
775 Baseline Road, Lafayette, 80026
Thursday, February 8, 2017, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Contact Karen Andrews, 303.665.5200

Longmont Library
409 4th Avenue, Longmont, 80501
Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Contact Barbara Walters, 303.651.8785

Loveland Library
300 North Adams Avenue, Loveland, 80537
Thursday, February 15, 2018, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Contact Dr. Amy Philips, 970.962.2589

Denver Public Library, Central Branch
Floor 5 10th Mountain Division Room
10 West 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, 80204
Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Contact Laurie Spurling, 720.865.1487

High Plains Library District - Centennial Park Library
2227 23rd Avenue, Greeley, 80634
Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Contact Khristine Gamer, 970.506.8600
Discussion facilitator:  Ron Edgerton

Anythink Library
9417 Huron Street, Thornton, 80260
Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Contact Katharine Phenix, 303.405.3292

All reading series events are free and open to the public

World War I Speaker Series

Colorado State Historian Patricia Limerick, along with a panel of veterans, will speak about All Quiet on the Western Front. Erich Maria Remarque's classic novel, which relates the experiences of a German soldier during World War I, will serve as the basis for the panel to discuss universal experiences of soldiers during wartime, and how these experiences continue to affect them when they return home.

Saturday, March 10, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada 80003
Ticket price: $15

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