WWI HISTORY: The YMCA and World War I

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 29th at 3:00pm

"His Home Over There": The YMCA and World War I, At Home and Abroad

Presentation with John Marks, Ph.D

Join us Saturday, April 29th at 3:00pm for "His Home Over There": The YMCA and World War I, At Home and Abroad, a presentation with John Marks at The Doylestown Bookshop. This talk will examine the role of the YMCA in supporting the war effort at home and abroad during World War I. In an age before the USO and other military support organizations, the YMCA played a crucial role in providing goods, services, and guidance to United States soldiers before, during, and after their deployment to the Great War. This talk explores the history of the YMCA as it relates to WWI, taking a close look at the way the organization played a crucial role in supporting the US war effort in a wide variety of ways.
Click here to visit the Doylestown Historical Society's page about this event.
YMCA poster from the WWI era entitled "His Home Over There"


About John
John Marks is a historian of Early America and the Atlantic World. He earned his Ph.D. in History from Rice University in 2016, where he completed a doctoral dissertation examining racial identity in the 19th-Century United States and Latin America. John joined Saving Hallowed Ground in 2017, where he serves as Program Coordinator.
John Marks
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"Saving Hallowed Ground is a non-profit organization based in Devon, PA. Saving Hallowed Ground promotes engagement with and appreciation of the past by connecting individuals and communities with historic preservation and commemoration initiatives. You can find out more about the organization and its programs at www.savinghallowedground.org

Saving Hallowed Ground is supported by the Uncommon Individual Foundation. www.uif.org."


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Event date: 
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
The Doylestown Bookshop
16 S Main St.
Doylestown, PA 18901