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Programs

OCTOBER NOVEMBER

OCTOBER

Courtesy Rose Hayden-Smith.

 

Saturday, October 3, 2:00 p.m.

Rose Hayden-Smith, Strategic Initiative Leader, Sustainable Food Systems, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Community Gardening During World War I:
Sowing the Seeds of Victory


Ruth Hayden-Smith will consider the significant impact on American food production, consumption patterns, and cultural life of three popular World War I national gardening and agricultural programs: the National War Garden Commission, the United States School Garden Army, and the Woman’s Land Army. Through these programs, the federal government, in partnership with private organizations and a strong grassroots effort, urged Americans to express their loyalty and patriotism through by producing and conserving their own food. As then, the connection between the nation’s food readiness and national security has relevance today. This program is free thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation.

 
 

Courtesy Marian Moser-Jones.

 

Saturday, October 17, 2:00 p.m.

Marian Moser-Jones, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Health

The Boston Red Cross in the 1918-19 Influenza Pandemic:
Vanguard Fighter or Rogue Chapter?


In August 1918, when pandemic influenza first struck Boston, the local Red Cross chapter acted quickly to meet the emergency. But after the pandemic began spreading to other parts of the United States, Red Cross National Headquarters stepped in to call the shots—and the headstrong Boston chapter ignored or rejected these directives. This talk will explore the Red Cross-led response to the 1918-1919 flu in Boston and New England, and will discuss whether the local officials acted wisely in charting their own course during this public health crisis. This program is free thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation.

 
 

NOVEMBER

Courtesy Jayne Gordon.

 

Saturday, November 14, 2:00 p.m.

Workshop

Jayne Gordon,
Former Director of Education, Massachusetts Historical Society

Exploring the World War One Home Front:
How to Discover Your Family and Community History


When Americans sang the popular tune about how “the Yanks are coming," World War I had been raging in Europe for three years. Even before 1917, the Great War transformed American lives and communities. This workshop will support you in your exploration of family or community stories from the World War I era. Whether you are already researching or just getting started, Jayne Gordon will help you pose the right questions and find the right documents and resources to uncover your family or community narrative. This program is free thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation.
Space is limited; registration is required by November 5.
Contact: programs@srmml.org.