Events & Related Media

Exhibit — Northwestern Remembers the First World War

Northwestern University Libraries (Evanston, IL)
March 27 – June 16, 2017

Northwestern Remembers the First World War is on display at Northwestern University Libraries from March 27 – June 16, 2017, with displays in the Main Library and the lobby of Deering Library with artifacts from Northwestern’s own Base Hospital 12, and on the third floor of Deering Library with war posters that rallied a nation’s courage and support.

Event — World War I: Crucible of Twentieth Century Chicago

Chicago History Museum
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7pm

The “Great War” unfolding in Europe seemed at first very distant to many Chicagoans, but its repercussions shaped the city from the outset. Although the United States did not engage militarily until 1917, the entire period of war, from 1914 through the Versailles Treaty in 1919, worked permanent changes in Chicago’s economy, its ethnic and racial landscape, and its politics. Join Northwestern University Libraries as Northwestern’s Henry Binford (Associate Professor, History) provides a fascinating look at the this period in Chicago’s history.

 Event — Remembering Edith Ayres and Helen Burnett Wood

University of Illinois-Chicago
Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 1pm

Archivists Susan Sacharski (Northwestern Memorial Hospital) and Yvonne Spura (Northwestern University) give a talk as part of the U.S. Nursing in the First World War Symposium.

 Event — Wreath Laying Ceremony for Helen B. Wood

Rosehill Cemetery
Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 10am

A wreath laying ceremony will take place at the grave of Evanston Nurse Helen B. Wood at the Rosehill Cemetery. Wood died on May 20, 1917 on board of the ship Mongolia while on her way to France (with Northwestern’s Base Hospital 12). 

Resource — United States World War I Centennial Commission


The Commission’s mission is to plan, develop, and execute programs, projects and activities to commemorate the Centennial of World War I (WWI).

More events and related media coming soon.