July 28, 2014 marks the beginning of the 100th anniversary of The Great War (World War I), and though the United States did not enter until April 6, 1917, we still suffered over 300,000 casualties. Documentation and artifacts of this war are not as available as those from other conflicts in our history, but Linebaugh Public Library will be joining together with other partner organizations to offer the community an opportunity to share stories and artifacts of their family’s contribution to the war effort. The final goal will be, along with centennial speakers and displays, for the library to provide a digital record that will be available for the community for years to come.
For this reason, Carol Ghattas, Linebaugh’s Branch Librarian, is asking residents to begin sharing with the library any WWI memories or mementoes that could be used for the commemoration. This could include items such as: letters, post cards, church histories, diaries, photos, military uniforms or documents, etc. Ghattas and others will work to digitalize the contributions and select some items for display with family approvals.
Wars affect communities, and Ghattas wants by 2016 to develop a resource for Rutherford County residents to not only learn of our contribution to the war effort but how the community changed as a result of this first of the World Wars. For any questions about this project, please contact Carol Ghattas at 615-893-4131, ext 119 or firstname.lastname@example.org.