If you’re a long time follower of this blog, you may remember Dennis Cross’ frequent re- posts from his blog “Centennial Countdown to the Great War”. This was a condensed news report covering events every month from 1911 to 1920, as viewed from a 21st Century perspective.
In November 2020, original cast members of Prospect Theater Company’s original musical, THE HELLO GIRLS, gathered at Symphony Space in NYC (with rigorous safety protocols in place) for a one day film shoot. At the end, we captured this behind-the-scenes video of a new song written to reflect on the experience of soldiers coming home from WWI… and the experience of 2020.
There’s nothing that feeds the holiday spirit like WWI programming on C-SPAN 3 . . . As usual, all times are Central, and we can’t be responsible for schedule changes. Errors on our part are possible and highly resented.
–How World War I Affected the U.S. Airs at 10:02 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16th (that’s tonight!) Repeats at 3:10 a.m. Thursday, December 17th.
“All is Calm” is a musical production of the Christmas Truce of 1914, presented by the Latte Da Theatre Group of the Twin Cities. It is going to premiere on Twin Cities Public Television on November 27th; it looks like general release to PBS stations will be December 10th. Check your local listings.
The following link will take you to an article by Matthew Cavanaugh that appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on Anzac Day, April 25, 2020.
We need to catch up with the Education Newsletters regularly issued by the National World War I Museum and Memorial, which we’re always happy to promote. The last two issues are especially timely given the state of current events.
Issued in April, that month’s newsletter covers the subject “Pandemics, Past and Present.” Here’s the link: https://wfly.co/r1OEx
Some good programming for this weekend on C-SPAN3–all times Central as usual.
–1919 Paris Peace Conference. Margaret MacMillan’s keynote at the National World War I Museum and Memorial Symposium gets another airing. 11:40 a.m. on Saturday morning, June 13th.
Some good programs this week on C-SPAN2 & 3, including several repeats on Chad Williams’ excellent talk on African American activism after World War I, and two programs by Margaret MacMillan, including an also excellent talk given at the National World War I Museum and Memorial last November. All times are Central as usual.
Several programs on C-SPAN3 coming up on WWI, including a few taped at last November’s symposium at the National World War I Museum and Memorial (MWWIMM), and others taped at Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. All times are Central as usual.
In fact, if you turn to C-SPAN3 right now (2:00 p.m. Thursday May 28), there are a few programs on now until 7:00 p.m. You can see programs on Psychological Impact on World War I Pilots, American Artifacts: The Lost Battalion, World War I Railroad Operations, American Artifacts: Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, and Domestic Unrest During & After World War I.
I’m sure you are a bit weary of seeing the word “pandemic” just now, but comparisons to the Spanish flu pandemic ought to provide a teaching moment.
A few weeks ago Jim posted an item about the pandemic, and used the quote often attributed to Mark Twain: “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” I recently read Nancy Bristow’s American Pandemic about the Spanish flu, and the comment often ran through my head.