ELIZABETH, NJ – The War to End All Wars will be remembered with a free lecture by Dr. Mark D. Van Ells, author of the acclaimed book America and World War I: A Traveler’s Guide,at the historic Snyder Academy, 42 Broad Street in midtown Elizabeth, Monday, April 3, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This keynote event is the first in a series of programs in remembrance of the Centennial of World War I, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced. The United States formally entered World War I on April 6, 1917.

“Dr. Van Ells offers fascinating insights about the challenges our country faced as we mobilized for war and sent thousands off to fight in foreign lands,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski, who is the liaison to the Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board.

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America and World War I: A Traveler’s Guide, includes details about major battles and battlefields as well as memorials, museums and other points of interest to the traveler, along with maps and photographs.

A question and answer period and meet-and-greet session with Dr. Ells, a professor of history at Queensborough Community College in New York, will follow the lecture.

Attendees can also view a display of original sheet music from the World War I era provided by Charles Shallcross, president of the Union County Historical Society.

Pre-registration is suggested but not required. To register or to receive more information, contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage at 908-436-2912 or jprescott@ucnj.org.

This program is coordinated by the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs in the Department of Parks and Recreation, and funded in part through the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

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