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CLASSROOM STUDY MATERIALS: WORLD WAR ONE
Over Here: Lessons of Dutchess County's Engagement in the World War 1917~ 1919
Video and online tools that will include discussion guides are taking shape due to the generosity of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution who provided a significant grant, and to Central Hudson who provided a significant Corporate Sponsorship. In addition, DCHS has provided funding from gifts already given, and some that are in progress. The teaching material includes findings provided by outreach to the individual cities, towns and villages of the county through the DCHS local Vice President network.
We are working with Cogent Communications in planning to have six topic areas: 1) In short order: the shift from peace to war footing in five months in 1917; 2) Women and children find new roles, temporary "fix," or natural evolution? 3) Persons of color: promise, expectations, reality; 4) "How American Are You?" -- the role of identity in wartime; 5) Over there, the unimaginable experience of the men and women of our county in Europe 1917 to 1919; 6) Brief shining moment: how and why "the war to end all war" failed to live up to its name.
The search function in our digital bookshelf will search the followings books: DCHS Yearbooks (1914 to 1986) Woodlot Conditions in Dutchess County, New York (1915) The Records of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie, New York (1911) The History of Dutchess County, Hasbrouck (1909) The Eagle's History of Poughkeepsie: From the Earliest Settlements 1683 to 1905, Platt (1905) Commemorative and Biographical Record of the Counties of Dutchess and Putnam, Beers (1897) History of Little Nine Partners, Huntting (1897) History of Dutchess County, New York, J. H. Smith (1892) Documentary History of Rhinebeck, E. M. Smith (1881) General History of Duchess [sic] County 1609 to 1876, P. H. Smith (1877) The Bill Ratifying the Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting Slavery, M. D. Wilbur (1895) Shekomeko, or, The Moravians in Dutchess County, Davis (1858)