When the Chapman Branch opened in May of 1918, World War I still raged in Europe. April of that year marked a turning point that eventually led to the Armistice, ending that great and terrible war. To commemorate that “cruelest month,” the branch will host a series of presentations and discussions.
Sat, Apr 14, 2pm · How They Fought: Weapons of World War I
Chip Guarente of the Fort Douglas Military History Museum, presents a talk about the rifles, bayonets, gas masks, grenades, and other weaponry and equipment. A military history reenactor, Chip will be dressed in authentic attire from the period.
Sat, Apr 21, 2pm · World War I: Lessons Learned?
It was called the “War to End All Wars” — yet it didn't. After four years and 41 million human casualties, war has continued unabated throughout the 20th and 21st century. City Library Staffer Connor McManus discusses what happened, what could have been done differently, and the lessons that can be learned from this world-changing event.
April is the cruelest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
— From The Waste Land (1922) by T.S. Eliot
Based on late 19th and early 20th century lifelong learning programs originating from New York’s Chautauqua Institution, Chapman Chats are the flagship series for our Centennial year. They are presented by community members on topics that inspire their passions and inform their lives.
Location: Chapman Branch
Contact Information: 801-594-8623