WWI HISTORY: World War I, What Happened and Why it Matters

This April the Doylestown Bookshop will be partnering with the Doylestown Historical Society to host events through the month of April as a precursor to The World War I Commemoration programming the DHS will celebrate throughout the town in May 2017. This year the focus is on World War I, specifically the role that Doylestown and its citizens played in the Great War. In order to honor the past and all those who were touched by the war, we will be hosting four speaking events here at the Doylestown Bookshop with hopes of providing a space for reflection and education. For other events in this series, please visit our WWI History Series page.

Saturday, April 1st at 2:00pm

World War I, What Happened and Why it Matters 

Presentation with John Shepherd

A century ago, the United States declared war on Germany and joined the great world-wide conflagration that we know today as World War I.  Explore the beginnings of the conflict and the ways in which America attempted to deal with the warring powers.  We'll look at the people and ideas involved on both sides of the Atlantic, how war finally came to America and the threads of the war's history that still run through today's world.
Click here to visit the Doylestown Historical Society's page about this event.
About John
John Shepherd is a retired Army officer and system engineer with a lifetime interest in military history.  He half-jokingly describes himself as both a student of and participant in military history.  Since 2007, he has been an instructor at Delaware Valley University’s Center for Learning in Retirement.  The courses he has taught include /War, A Citizen’s Guide/, a general survey of military history; /War in the Twentieth Century/; /Revolutions in the Mid-East/, a near-real-time survey of the 2011 Arab Spring; /Defense Policy of the United States/, a review of the tools and constitutional means for building and using military power; /The American Circus/, a interesting and unusual departure from his usual subject; and - for the past two years - /World War I/, a history of the Great War and its impact upon the world we live in today. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from Lehigh University and is a member of the Society for Military History.
  Logo for World War I 100th Commemoration 1917-2017, Doylestown Historical Society  
Event date: 
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
The Doylestown Bookshop
16 S. Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901