This fall, CRRL and our partners honor veterans, culminating with the Museum of Valor Exhibit November 10-11.
A Troubled Place: Reconstructing Fredericksburg
England Run Branch, Thursday, October 19, 7:00–8:00
Rebekah Oakes and Elizabeth Parnicza, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, present a look at the immediate postwar years in Fredericksburg and the ravaged landscape surrounding the town.
Hallowed Places: Remembering and Forgetting and a Nation Moving Forward
Fredericksburg Branch, Thursday, November 2, 7:00–8:00
John Hennessy, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, looks at how the nation has viewed, treated, and understood the hallowed grounds of Virginia.
Learn more about this troubled time with the books and videos on our list, Reconstruction After the War.
World War I and America is a two–year initiative of Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Great War from the Margins: WWI Literature by Women and African Americans
Fredericksburg Branch, Tuesday, October 17, 7:00–8:30
Dr. Mara Scanlon, Professor of English, UMW, leads a discussion of less traditional WWI literature, including pieces from the Library of America online reader World War I and America, available at wwiamerica.org/downloads/WWI_Reader_v1.pdf.
Museum of Valor Exhibit
Fredericksburg Branch, Friday–Saturday, November 10–11, 9:00–5:30
The Museum of Valor presents an exhibit to commemorate the entry of the United States into World War I. Included will be a display of medical devices and equipment.
Reading More About the Great War
These booklists contain true tales and novels set during the sadly ill-named "War to End All Wars."
- World War I for Kids
- True Stories from the Great War for Teens
- Memoirs from the Great War
- The Poets of World War I
- World War I Fiction
- World War I and the Homefront
When Fiction Goes to War: Creating Characters In and After Combat
Porter Branch, Saturday, November 11, 9:45–10:45
Steve Watkins, award-winning local author and past instructor of journalism, creative writing, and Vietnam War literature at the University of Mary Washington, will lead this workshop for veterans, their family members, and anyone who is interested in writing about the war experience. Part of our Writers Conference.