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McLean County Home Front during World War I with Bill Kemp

Sat Aug 19 13:00:00 2017

McLean County Home Front during World War I with Bill Kemp



As part of the Museum’s continuation of programming to commemorate the centennial of World War I, on Saturday, August 19 at 1:00 p.m., the Museum’s Librarian, Bill Kemp, will present an illustrated program on the McLean County home front during the war. This program will be held in the Governor Fifer Courtroom located on the Museum’s second floor, and is free and open to the public.
The “Great War” involved a host of home front activities, including war bond drives, food conservation efforts, shipments of Red Cross supplies, parades, and public gatherings to sing patriotic songs. There was also a dark side to the war, including the suppression of a thriving, large local German community.
Bill Kemp has served as the Museum’s librarian for 14 years. Prior to that, he was at Milner Library, Illinois State University, for eight years. Kemp is also the author of a weekly Pantagraph column, “A Page from Our Past,” which debuted in the Sunday Pantagraph in December 2005. To date, Kemp has written over 550 installments of his column on a variety of local history topics ranging from baseball to the railroad, racism to local artists, and more.
For more information on this program and for a complete list of programs commemorating the World War I centennial, please contact the Education Department at education@mchistory.org or (309) 827-0428.

McLean County Home Front during World War I with Bill Kemp