University Panel to Commemorate WWI Centennial

April 4, 2018

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University Panel to Commemorate WWI Centennial


CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University’s Department of History and the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (PPHM) will host a panel commemorating the WWI centennial, “Spring 1918, ‘Over Here:’ Production and Perceptions on the Eve of Desperate Battle,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19 in the PPHM Hazlewood Lecture Room.

This Great War centennial event will address little-known aspects of the spring 1918 homefront as the American Armed forces prepared for the massive assaults that took place on the western front in fall 1918. Specifically, panelists will discuss how Texas dealt with wartime immigration, the Panhandle’s contributions to war production and how World War I changed gender identity in early 20th century America. The four presenters will examine these national issues of production and perception through the lens of how Texans shaped, and were shaped by, their WWI experiences. 

The four panelists include PPHM’s Michael Grauer along with Dr. Tim Bowman, associate professor of history, Dr. Matt Reardon, assistant professor of history, and Kirbi Kelley-Diaz, history major and PPHM intern. Dr. Byron Pearson, professor of history, will moderate.

“The History Department at West Texas A&M University is excited to host this continuing series on the centennial commemoration of World War I because it is true public history,” Pearson said. “The response has been fantastic, and the events have been well-attended.”

The American Armed Forces played a critical role in the allied victory during World War I. However, the American Armed Forces could not have been victorious without the equally important efforts made by Americans at home.

“As historians it is incumbent upon us to not only engage in discussions with our professional colleagues about history, we must also stimulate and enter into ongoing public discussions about that history,” Pearson said. “This upcoming panel discussion will focus upon how Texas and the Panhandle were connected to the 1918 Homefront as the American forces geared up for the final allied offensives of the Great War.”




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