WWI and America: A Facilitated Discussion on Mon. Jan. 8

Join the Jesup Memorial Library, Acadia Senior College and the George Edwin Kirk American Legion Post #25 in January for two programs about World War I and its impact on Mount Desert Island, Maine and America. First, on Monday, Jan. 8 at 9:30 a.m. join Dr. Libby Bischof for an in-depth discussion about World War I. Then on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. join members of the Post to learn more George Edwin Kirk and his connection to World War I and Bar Harbor.

For the first program, Dr. Bischof, an associate professor of history and chair of the Department of History and Political Science at the University of Southern Maine, will moderate a discussion, springboarding from assigned readings about World War I. This event is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register and receive the readings, contact Melinda Rice at mrice@jesuplibrary.org or at 207-288-4245.

Then on Saturday learn about Kirk, his life and World War I service and how he came to be the namesake of the American Legion Post. Kirk was from MDI and a graduate of the Bar Harbor High School in 1912. He went to the University of Maine before joining the Army at the beginning of the war. Kirk died in 1918 in a field hospital in Europe. There will also be some World War I-era documents and artifacts on display.

These programs and display are supported by a grant for “World War I and America,” a two-year national initiative of the  Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information on any of these programs or to register for the two facilitated discussions, contact Melinda Rice at mrice@jesuplibrary.org or 207-288-4245.