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 "The Battle of the Meuse-Argonne" on Wednesday, October 17th from 1:00 - 1:45 pm in the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building's Rachel Carson Room.

One hundred years ago an obscure place in France named Meuse-Argonne became a household name in the United States. General John "Black Jack" Pershing, commanding American troops, wanted to be part of the greater Hundred Days Offensive, a coordinated Allied attack against German troops along the Western front. As part of the overall offensive, Pershing led an attack against the Germans at Meuse-Argonne, heralding a critical moment in World War I. At the time, the Meuse-Argonne campaign was the largest in U.S. military history, involving 1.2 million American soldiers. Well-known figures such as Patton, Marshall and MacArthur lent their talents to this successful campaign as young officers under Pershing's command.

Please join Park Ranger Paul O’Brian as he looks back at the pivotal Meuse-Argonne campaign, which began on September 26, 1918 and continued until November 11, 1918 when Germany agreed to an armistice ending the Great War. Understanding the conclusion of this horrific conflict includes comprehending the importance of this final campaign, leading to what turned out to be a temporary peace on the poppy fields of France.

To register for this program, please go to the following link:

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.

If the registration link above does not work at your location, you may also register using the Library's online Contact Form at https://www.doi.gov/library/interior-library-contact-form.  Please list the title of the program on the subject line and let us know if you wish to receive webinar access information.

You may contact the Library by phone at (202) 208-5815 or by e-mail at library@ios.doi.gov 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 http://www.doi.gov/library.

We hope you can join us in person or virtually on October 17th!


George Franchois
Director - U.S. Dept. of the Interior Library
Office of the Secretary - Office of Facilities and Administrative Services (OFAS)
1849 C Street, NW, Room 1151, MS 1151
Washington, DC 20240
Phone: (202) 208-3796
Fax: (202) 208-6773