Sep 04

World War I Series Begins Monday, Sept. 10th

Posted on September 4, 2018 at 7:01 PM by Tony Madeira

In April 1918, without her family's approval, Dr. Jessie Weston Fisher left her home, husband and son in Connecticut to do her part for our nation's effort in the First World War.  She traveled to France, where she worked for the American Red Cross in a hospital at Beauvais, in Picardy.

During her time abroad Dr. Fisher kept two diaries, documenting her part in one of the most historically significant events of the 20th century.  "Over There: The World War I Diaries of Dr. Jessie Weston Fisher,” a program that includes narrative commentary, period images and dramatic readings from Dr. Fisher's diaries, will be presented in the Community Room of Otis Library, at 6:00 pm, Monday, September 10th.  Historians Beverly York and Rick Spencer are the presenters. The program is open to the public without charge, and is sponsored by the Norwich City Historian and the Norwich World War I Memorial Committee.

It is the first in a series, which will include a talk on African Americans in World War I , on September 17th, a program on Polish Americans and the war on September 24th, and on October 1st, “Beyond the Lost Generation: Literature and the Great War,”  about the impact of the war on C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and many others, presented by Dr. Faye Ringel. On November 5th, the animated feature film Sergeant Stubby, about the mascot of the 26th Division, the “Yankee Division,” will be shown.  All programs begin at 6 pm.

On Saturday, November 10th, former Connecticut State Troubadour Tom Callinan will give a concert at Otis Library, “Over Here and Over There: Songs From and About the Great War,” at 1:00 pm in the Community Room.

Sunday, November 11th, the Veterans Day observance on Chelsea Parade at 1:00 pm will honor those who served in World War I and other conflicts.

Jun 04

100th Anniversary of World War I

Posted on June 4, 2018 at 4:10 PM by Tony Madeira

Please join us as Christine Pittsley, Director, Remembering World War One community archiving project leads a discussion on:

Remembering World War I :
Connecticut & Norwich
in the First World War

June 14, 2018
7:00 PM
City Council Chmabers
Norwich City Hall

May 11

World War I 100th Anniversary Commemoration

Posted on May 11, 2018 at 12:00 PM by Tony Madeira

World War I 100th Anniversary Commemoration

For the remainder of this year, 2018, the Norwich City Historian blog site will focus on the 100th anniversary of World War One and the role of men and women from Norwich in the conflict. An important event coming up is June 23rd - NORWICH DIGITIZATION DAY. Staff from the Connecticut State Library led by Christine Pittsley will be at the Otis Library from 10:30 am until 2:30 pm to digitize photographs and other documentary material from World War One.  There will also be a display in June of World One memorabilia at the Otis Library.
Fellow historian Dave Oat has kindly permitted me to post his article on William Durr, a young man from Norwichtown who died in action during the war. Although his body was never recovered, his name is inscribed in the chapel of the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France. In Norwich, the youth group at the First Congregational Church planted a memorial tree in his honor near Meetinghouse Rocks in 1919. The tree died in 2017, and was removed, but a granite memorial remains.

 Aisne-Marne American Cemetery France

Aisne-Marne American Cemetery

Chapel at Aisne-Marne Cemetery

Aisne-Marne Chapel

Private William Durr Monument
Private William M. Durr Memorial