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World War I Centennial Historic Display: Strong Foundations, New Possibilities

July 30, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

As part of a continuing effort to chronicle Chelsea’s history, the Chelsea District Library presents World War I Centennial: Strong Foundations, New Possibilities, commemorating the centennial anniversary of WWI.

Join community members, neighbors and friends for our official ribbon cutting ceremony at 11am on the library lawn followed by docent guided-tours of the banner installations. Check out our exhibits of local WWI era artifacts, stop in to see a World War I reenactor, and take a moment to cool off in the library and check out the stories and photos on our Stories of Chelsea local history website

The installation includes two dozen 36-inch x 18-inch avenue banners hung on light posts lining Main Street, as well as twelve large-format images (ranging in size from 55-inch x 91-inch to 167-inch x 96-inch) placed on 11 community buildings.

The 36 images chosen to be reproduced and displayed were among hundreds submitted by Chelsea residents who have shared histories from the Great War. This includes the only-known remaining photo of Herbert J. McKune, a local Chelsea soldier who died on October 4, 1918 during the Battle of Champlain in France. This photo is permanently on display at the Chelsea American Legion Post #31, which was named in his honor. A reproduction of this image will be featured on a banner gracing the library’s front steps.

Read more about this project here: Chelsea WWI (Media Alert)





July 30, 2016
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Chelsea District Library
221 S Main St Chelsea, 48118 United States + Google Map