Beginning on November 6th, at 1 PM, the Little Falls Public Library will host a Zoom class about World War I.
192 Little Falls residents, 50 Dolgeville residents, and 163 Herkimer residents were drafted during World War I. Odds are, if you’re from this area, one of your relatives fought in World War I.
But most Americans know very little about the conflict known as the “Great War”. A recent survey found that only a third of the people polled could correctly identify that year that the U.S. entered the war.
This 6-week class is an opportunity to learn about the major battles, key people, and long-term effects of World War I. It’s free, courtesy of a grant from Humanities New York.
Instructor Giacomo Calabria spoke with Library Director Anne Nassar about the class and its goals.
Q. Why learn about World War I?
A. We recently commemorated the 100th anniversary of the war, which means we have a plethora of new writings and material on the subject. We are also living through a transformational era both as a country and a planet strangely similar to the world before and immediately after the First World War. There is much we can learn from the war, including quite a few lessons we tragically failed to learn in the years leading to World War II.
Q. What topics will you cover during this class?
Our discussions will focus primarily on military science, but we will examine political and technological aspects of the conflict as well. And naturally, as with any Humanities New York program, we welcome our participants to bring their own unique perspectives and contributions to the subject. If anyone has any family histories they would like to share or personal interests they have researched, please add them to our discussions!
Q. Who is your favorite hero from World War I?
Well, heroism comes in many different forms, and quite a few heroes from the war did not receive the honors they deserved until much later for the worst of reasons. Henry Johnson is an excellent example of this, and I look forward to discussing his heroics both on and off the battlefield.
Q. Do you see any parallels between now and the World War I era?
Between the ultra-nationalism, propaganda, war profiteering, and crippling worldwide pandemic, yeah. I see some similarities, and I’m afraid to say they’re a little too close for comfort.
To virtually attend this class, using your phone, laptop, PC, or tablet, go to zoom.us. Click on “join a meeting”. Type in the Meeting ID, which is 815 8527 8447, and click on join.
The library will have computers available if you’d like to attend class from the library. Library staff will be happy to help you log in.