‘WWI Road Show’ to mark U.S. entry into ‘War to End Wars,’ Oct. 14 at Morris library

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A free day-long event to help mark the 100th anniversary of our nation’s entry into World War I is coming to the Morris County Library in Whippany on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017.

American Legion Post 91 in Wharton is named for William J Hocking. Private Hocking was killed in action on November 1, 1918, in Germany. He was laid to rest on September 22, 1921, in the Orchard Street Cemetery in Dover. Photo credit: New Jersey State Archives
American Legion Post 91 in Wharton is named for William J Hocking. Private Hocking was killed in action on November 1, 1918, in Germany. He was laid to rest on September 22, 1921, in the Orchard Street Cemetery in Dover.
Photo credit: New Jersey State Archives

The World War One Road Show will give people an opportunity to share their personal memorabilia, artifacts and family stories with experts from the New Jersey State Archives and Morris County Archives who are well-versed on WWI-related objects, manuscripts, photographs, textiles and other memorabilia.

They also can share their professional expertise about caring for the items. But organizers are urging people not to bring any firearms, ammunition, or live artillery shells to the event.

Nearly 117,000 U.S. soldiers gave their lives in “The War to End All Wars” –including Giovanni Ricci of Morristown and some 200 others from Morris County.

Saturday’s event runs fron 9:30 am to 4 pm. It’s sponsored by the Morris County Heritage Commission, Morris County Library, and the NJ Historical Commission, State Archives and State Museum. — Bill Swayze

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Madison was named for Nurse Roberts. The Post has since merged with Post 3401 in Morris Plains. Nurse Roberts died at Base Hospital No.2 in Etretat, France. She was the first resident of Madison to lose her life in the Great War. Photo credit: Columbia University War Memorial
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Madison was named for Nurse Roberts. The Post has since merged with Post 3401 in Morris Plains. Nurse Roberts died at Base Hospital No.2 in Etretat, France. She was the first resident of Madison to lose her life in the Great War.
Photo credit: Columbia University War Memorial
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