CARSON CITY – World War I changed America, both at home and abroad.
On a global scale, those changes led to an expanded role for the United States in world affairs. At home, they included women’s suffrage, the modern civil rights movement, the drive to protect civil liberties and new conceptions of military service.
Jennifer Keene, chair of the History Department at Chapman University in Southern California, is a leading expert on “The Great War” and she will be sharing her knowledge in Carson City as the as guest speaker at the September Frances Humphrey Lecture at the Nevada State Museum.
The event, titled “World War I: American During the Great War,” is Thursday, Sept. 20 in the museum’s South Gallery. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the lecture starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults; free for museum members and children 17 and younger.
‘The centennial of the end of the Great War has been the focus of the museum’s programs this year, and the lecture by Professor Keene will be a highlight of the commemoration,” said Myron Freedman, director of the Nevada State Museum.
Keene is the president of the Society of Military History, has published three books and numerous articles on America’s involvement in the First World War. She has served as a historical consultant for exhibits and films, and was recently featured in the PBS documentary mini-series, “The Great War.”
This lecture examines home-front mobilization and the experiences of soldiers on the battlefield, while also considering how the war affected women, immigrants and African Americans. In the inter-war period, Americans tried to “learn lessons” from the Great War in unexpected ways, revealing additional ways that the war continued to impact American society.
Seating for the lecture is limited. Those interested in attending should reserve a seat by going to http://nvculture.org/nevadastatemuseumcarsoncity/events/