Hulser talks WWI in Greenwich

Historian Kathleen Hulser will talk about how World War I plunged small towns across the country, including Greenwich, into global affairs.

Ms. Hulser will discuss how Greenwich, with its art colony connections in France, its captains of industry and its immigrant communities, was uniquely poised to be caught up in the march to war. The discussion is presented by the Greenwich Historical Society and will be held at the Vanderbilt Education Center Thursday, Oct. 9, from 7 to 8 p.m. It will be followed by a short Q&A session.

In Greenwich, America’s early declaration of neutrality did not translate to inaction but manifested itself in vigorous debate, establishment of humanitarian enterprises and military preparedness initiatives. When America officially joined the conflict, government propaganda and the resulting suspicion of aliens became counterpoints to pep rallies and bond drives. In her talk, Ms. Hulser will explore how, through the crucible of the Great War, Greenwich residents in all walks of life came to see themselves as playing a greater role in a new national and world order.

Ms. Hulser was public historian at the New York Historical Society from 1999 to 2011. Her current exhibition is The Volunteers: Americans Join World War I, 1914-1919, that opened this past week at the National World War I Museum. She teaches history and American Studies at The New School and at Pace University in New York and creates public history and digital humanities projects.

Ms. Hulser attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she studied philosophy and political science, and the Université de Strasbourg in France. After attaining her bachelor of arts degree, she earned a master’s in American history at New York University.

Admission costs are $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. To purchase tickets, visit Greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899, ext. 10.

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