15 March 2017

Military History Program this Saturday

We begin our commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Great War with "Send in the Marines" on Saturday, March 18th.

3/17/2017 - PLEASE NOTE: The location of this program has changed to the 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, SC - just outside our Research Room door. 

The Great War had broken out 1914 with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand  and his wife Sophie of Austria on June 28, 1914. For three years, Woodrow Wilson and the United States monitored what was happening in Europe as the empires of Austria, Germany, Ottoman, and Bulgaria fought against the Allied Powers of Great Britain, France, Italy and Russia. Wilson beefed up America's military, ended child labor, supported the right of women to cast votes, and dreamed of a League of Nations to secure the peace once hostilities ended. During the Republican Convention of 1916 at which Wilson was nominated for a second term, the delegates cheered a new campaign slogan, "He Kept Us Out of War," which world conditions made a hope more than a promise.

When the Great War broke out, there were less than 14,000 United States Marines and officers. When the guns fell silent on Armistice Day 1918, there were 72,920 United States Marines and officers. After America declared war on Germany on April 6, 1916, over 2 million Americans fought in World War I.

Our program "Send in the Marines" discusses the role of Parris Island in preparing Marines to go "Hang the Kaiser." Next month a program sponsored by the Parris Island Historical and Museum Society and its partner the Historic Port Royal Foundation,  examines the role played by the Corps during the war. The two programs naturally complement each other. So take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about Marine Corps history at each of these free programs. 

Event Name: “Send in the Marines”                                                                                     
Short Description of Event: Dave Smoot explains the role Parris Island played in preparing to go “Hang the Kaiser” as the United States enters World War I.
Time and Date of Event: Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 1:00 PM
Location of Event: BDC@ Beaufort Branch, 1st floor, Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, SC 29902
Price of Event: Free; Ages 12 – Adults
Contact info: Grace Cordial, 843-255-6468

Event Name: “The Marines in World War I”
Short Description of Event: Author Mike Miller will discuss the role played by the USMC during the Great War. This event is sponsored by the Parris Island Historical and Museum Society and the Historic Port Royal Foundation.
Time and Date of Event: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Location of Event: Union Church, 1004 11th Street, Port Royal, SC 29935
Price of Event: Free; All Ages
Contact info:  Caroline Fermin Ed.pihms@gmail.com  or Jim Crower jcrower@yahoo.com Website:   http://www.mcrdpimuseum.com/

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