On March 6, a screening of The Great War was shown in the Ouachita Center on the main campus of the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain. The 40-minute screening focused on Propaganda and Americanism and is part of a 6-hour series premiering on PBS/AETN on Monday, April 10th, 8:00 p.m. CST. Additional topics to be shown in the series include: Wilson’s Fourteen Points, Influenza Epidemic of 1918, Harlem Hellfighters in France, Vigilantism/Slacker Raids, Selective Service, New York 15th National Guard, Suffragist Protests, Food Conservation & Surveillance, Choctaw Code Talkers, Sinking of the Lusitania, and the Treaty of Versailles.
Brenda Miner, UA Rich Mountain Director of Library Services for the Johnson Learning Commons coordinated the screening and program. In addition to the screening, all veterans attending the event were recognized for their service; Q & A with historian panelists: Harold Coogan, Richard Hohman, and Kathy Adams; and the following activities and events announced:
– Host of WWI memorabilia currently on display in the Johnson Learning Commons, including letters from a WWI veteran. The American Experience and the Center for American War Letters has launched a campaign this April to preserve wartime correspondence through the Million Letters Campaign. For more information, visit www.WarLetters.us .
– UA Rich Mountain supporting Charlie Company through donations to buy needed items during their deployment in Africa.
– Linda Johnson, Commander of VFW Post #4451 recognized for raising support and coordinating efforts to bring The Wall That Heals display, a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, D.C., to Mena. The Wall That Heals will be on display March 23-26, 2017.
– A holly tree will be planted on the campus of the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain in honor of the WWI Anniversary.