Clayton Library Lecture Series

Library: Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research

Date: 6/17/2017

Room: Clayton Library Carriage House

Time: 2:00PM - 4:00PM


Age Group: adults, teens ages 13-18 years

World War I centennial commemoration:   

This April marks the centennial of America’s entry into World War I, and to commemorate this monumental anniversary, Andrew Carroll—author of four bestselling books and director of the Center for American War Letters—gives readers a stunning work of narrative history in MY FELLOW SOLDIERS: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War (Penguin Press) Carroll has made it his life’s mission to raise public awareness about the need to find and preserve war letters and diaries to honor and remember veterans, troops, and their families. In this new book, Carroll includes little-known and newly uncovered letters by General Pershing, as well as those who served with him, to create an incredibly vivid and poignant account of the American experience in World War I. 

Simultaneous with the book launch, Carroll will initiate the “Million Letters Campaign,” a nationwide effort encouraging Americans to seek out and preserve 1,000,000 letters from every U.S. conflict. To mark the war’s centennial, Carroll helped curate two exhibits both called My Fellow Soldiers, at Chapman University and the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum; they will open on April 1st and 6th, respectively. Carroll will also be featured in the PBS film about World War I, The Great War, which premiered on April 10, 2017.

Space is limited. RSVP is highly recommended.

About the Author

ANDREW CARROLL is the founding director of the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University. Along with editing the New York Times bestsellers War Letters and Behind the Lines, Carroll edited Operation Homecoming, which inspired the Emmy-winning documentary of the same name. Carroll lives in Washington, D.C. and Orange, California.