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Union County Remembers: World War I Centennial with Keynote Kickoff Lecture, April 3

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Elizabeth, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announces the first in a series of programs in remembrance of the Centennial of World War I. The keynote event will be a free lecture by Dr. Mark D. Van Ells, author of the acclaimed book America and World War I: A Traveler’s Guide, on Monday, April 3, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the historic Snyder Academy, 42 Broad Street in midtown Elizabeth.

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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Dr. Van Ells is Professor of History at Queensborough Community College in New York.

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 will follow the lecture.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to view a display of original sheet music from the World War I era provided by Mr. 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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For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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