Southern California During The Great War Nov. 13
November 11, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, “The Great War”, as it was known at the time. Although the United States had only entered the war on the previous year, our troops played a critical role in deciding the outcome. Southern California’s impact, however, is a lesser known story.
Please join us on Tuesday, November 13th, at 6:30 PM in the library’s Bidwell Forum, for an informative and fascinating look into the role played by local communities all over the Southland. Learn about the following:
- The background of the Great War, and U.S. involvement
- Californians overseas, famous military units
- Southern Cal on the Homefront (Shipping, Aviation, Red Cross, Military Bases)
- Southern California War Memorials
Courtland Jindra is an amateur historian and volunteer for the United States World War I Centennial Commission. His “Great War” interest is largely focused on America’s contribution to and remembrance of it. Delving into the archives of the Los Angeles Times, Mr. Jindra has located numerous memorials to the war in L.A. County, the first of which being the renaming of “Central Park” as “Pershing Square” in November 1918. He is a passionate advocate for highlighting their importance, and through them the war effort writ large.