Dr. Mary Burman will use diaries, letters, and other sources to illustrate the experiences of nurses during World War I, focusing on American nurses who served overseas. The impact of military service in WWI on individual nurses and also the profession of nursing int he United States will be described.
Burman is the Dean of the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing at the UW.
In addition to the lecture, the Army ROTC Color Guard will post the flag, the Harley-Fadial Duo and UW Graduate Spring Quartet will perform WWI era music, and the History Club will provide light refreshments.
More than twelve thousand American Indians served int he U.S. Armed Forces in the Great War. Interestingly, at the beginning of the war, many of these Indians were not U.S. citizens and did not enjoy the benefits of American citizenship. Douglas Cubbison and Johanna Wickman will discuss the participation of American Indians in the American Expeditionary Force and U.S. Navy, will acknowledge patriotism at Wind River Reservation prior to the declaration of war, will recognize the strong wartime support afforded by Indian reservations and nations throughout the United States, will identify the confirmed Wyoming Indians who fought in the war, and will discuss how Indian service and sacrifice influenced Indian-Government relationship following the war.
Cubbison is the Curator of the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum and Wickman is an Assistant Curator. This program is held in conjunction with the monthly Albany County Historical Society meeting.
Tom Rea will discuss civilian life in Wyoming during the years immediately before, during, and after the nation’s engagement in the war in 1917 and 1918. He will share anecdotes about the Red Cross fundraisers, the war bond drives, the anti-German sentiment and activities of the One Hundred Percent American Society, the murder trial of John Leibig, the enforcement of the Sedition Act, victory gardens, and more that occurred in Wyoming.
Tom Rea is the Editor of WyoHistory.org, a project of the Wyoming State Historical Society. This program is sponsored in part bye the Laramie Plains Museum.