Hi Everyone -

Please join us for the next in our regular monthly series of free Department of the Interior Library Park Ranger Speaker Series lectures, entitled "American Involvement in World War I: Reflections After 100 Years" on Tuesday, October 24th from 1:00 - 1:45 pm in Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building's Rachel Carson Room.

As 1917 dawned, the Great War’s lethal new technologies and outdated battlefield tactics promised little beyond mounting casualty lists. Both the Allied and Central Powers grew more apprehensive amidst home front instability and renewed action across the globe. Germany’s leaders launched two bold gambles for victory. The Russian Czar abdicated and his former empire—rocked by revolutions and civil war—soon bowed out of the fighting. The Middle East experienced the advancing tide of revolution. It remained unclear by year’s end whether the combatants approached victory or collapse. 

Into this toxic environment waded the United States, led by President Woodrow Wilson’s declaration that the conflict was “the People’s War” wherein national populations could determine their futures, free from ancient monarchies and rivalries. The American People rallied around their flag as well as Wilson’s high-minded ideals and goals, despite their own bitter divisions along racial, ethnic, cultural and gender lines. Please join Park Ranger Michael T. Kelly as he discusses the transformation of the United States and Washington, DC in 1917.

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Please also note that we will be offering WebEx webinar access for this program.  If you are interested in remote live access to this program, please note it on the online registration form or send an e-mail to

You may contact the Library by phone at (202) 208-5815 or by e-mail at for more information about this program and/or directions.   For more information about DOI Library resources and services, please visit the DOI Library's website, located at

We hope you can join us in person or virtually on October 24th!


George Franchois
Director - U.S. Dept. of the Interior Library
Office of the Secretary - Office of Facilities and Administrative Services (OFAS)
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Washington, DC 20240
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