Great War Symposium

Event Details

Fri, May 13, 2022
8:00 am - 3:30 pm

First Division Museum at Cantigny Park

1s151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60189
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Great War Symposium

Lesser-Known Stories of the Great War: Women, Minorities, Civilians, and the Untold

First Division Museum at Cantigny Park
May 13

Cost: $50 per person
Registration cost includes semi-host meet-n-greet, breakfast, and lunch. Registrations will be open to a limited number of the public.



Friday, May 13
8:15-11:15am: Light Refreshments and Beverages

8:30-8:55am: Session 1: Welcome and Opening Remarks
Dr. Krewasky A. Salter and Dr. Timothy Westcott

9:00-9:50am: Session 2: The Contributions of Women: Medicine and Communications
Chair: Dr. Krewasky A. Salter, Executive Director, Museums at Cantigny Park
Panelist: Erin Fehr, Assistant Director and Archivist, Sequoyah National Research Center, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Presentation: “Searching for the Fourteen: American Indian Nurses in the Great War”
Panelist: Linda Jantzen, Colonel (Ret.) U.S. Army and Assistant Professor at the National Defense University
Presentation: “Signal Corps Honors ‘Switchboard Soldiers’ of the Great War”

10:05-10:55am: Session 3: Native Americans and African Americans on the Battlefield
Chair: Dr. Timothy Westcott, Director, George S. Robb Centre for the Study of the Great War, Park University
Panelist: Patricia Cecil, Specialist Curator Faith, Religion and World War I, The National World War I Museum and Memorial
Presentation: “Resurrecting the Warrior: The Great War, American Indian Soldiers, and Spiritual Transformations”
Panelist: Andrew Woods, Research Historian, Colonel Robert R. McCormick Research Center, Museums at Cantigny Park
Presentation: “First Lieutenant William J. Warfield”

11:10am-12:00pm: Session 4: Women Casualties of War and as Forgotten Veterans
Chair: Dr. Edward G. Lengel, Chief Historian, National Medal of Honor Museum, Arlington, Texas
Panelist: Dr. Jeffrey Sammons, Professor of History, New York University
Presentation: “But They Were Soldiers: The First U.S. Casualties of WWI Were Neither Men nor Killed and Wounded by the Enemy”
Panelist: Dr. Allison S. Finkelstein, Independent Historian
Presentation: “The Forgotten Female Veterans of World War I: America’s Other Lost Generation”

12:05-1:05pm: Session 5: Lunch*
Panelist: Hanna Lipsey, Ph.D., Candidate, University of South Florida
Presentation: “The Untold: The American Horse in the Great War”

1:10-1:30pm: Break/Socialization

1:35-2:15pm: Screening: “More Than a Medal”, Dr. Westcott

2:20-3:20pm: Session 6: Orphans of War and Precursors to LGBTQ+
Chair: Dr. Salter, Executive Director, Museums at Cantigny Park
Panelist: Jeremiah S. Moore-Moauro, M.A. American History, Northern Illinois University
Presentation: “Mud and Kids Together: Rethinking Soldier Participation within the American Humanitarian Movement of World War I”
Panelist: Lauren Crawford, Graduate Student, University of Nebraska at Kearney
Presentation: “Loyal Love Has Deathless Wings: Pacificism, Protest, and the Queer Community during the Great War”

3:20-3:30pm: Session 7: Closing Remarks
Dr. Westcott and Dr. Salter

*Lunch is included in the symposium registration fee. Please email Gayln Piper at Gpiper@FDMuseum.org if you have dietary restrictions.