Friday, March 31, 2017

Preserving Memories of WWI at New Haven Museum

NEW HAVEN - Connecticut residents are invited to bring their WWI photos, letters, medals and mementos to the New Haven Museum from 3 to 7 p.m. May 24,  "for scanning, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into the 'Great War.'”
The free event has been made possible in part by "the Connecticut State Library, and a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor," the release said.
"When fresh-faced Hamden, Connecticut resident Robert Remington and the rest of New Haven’s 102nd Regiment arrived in Seicheprey, France in late 1918, it was assumed that the green soldiers would slowly acclimate themselves to modern warfare. In the predawn hours of April 20, German Stormtroopers struck," the release said. " In what became known as the first U.S. engagement of World War One (WWI), Remington was bayonetted in the stomach. He died on May 1, shortly before his 19th birthday. Thanks to the Connecticut State Library’s 'Remembering World War One' project, Remington’s story, and the photos and papers collected by his descendants, have been digitized and archived for future generations."

Also noted in the release:
WWI led to more than 17 million deaths and 20 million wounded. Roughly 63,000 Connecticut residents served in the U.S. or Allied forces.
 For more information visit  or or call 203-562-4183.
Editor's note: All information and the photos in this post were contributed.

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