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Sycamore History Museum Winter Fundraiser ~ A Hundred Years Ago On the Homefront: How Families Faced The War to End All Wars

DATE: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16
LOCATION: MEMORIAL HALL, ST. MARY’S, 333 WATERMAN STREET
TIME: 7:00 P.M., DOORS OPEN AT 6:30
COST: $20

The Sycamore History Museum is featuring popular presenter Ellie Carlson who will be exploring life on the Homefront during World War 1 during the Winter Fund Raiser on February 16, 2018.

Suspend your disbelief for a bit and imagine opening a time capsule that was buried 100 years ago when Americas first entered The Great War. Instead of just papers and photographs and trinkets coming out of that time capsule, a person comes out. She is a Blue Star mother which means her son has gone off to war. She will explain to you what those at home doing when our “boys” were over there.

A reluctant but energetic America entered the fighting in 1917. We sent our sons. We rationed our bread. We stopped wearing corsets to save the steel for warships…and we wrote and sang the songs that rallied the troops.

The music, food, patriotic pastimes and tragic losses were things that every American family knew. This war ushered in what came to be known as The American Century. What did it feel, sound and taste like to be there?

Ellie has one foot firmly planted in the early twentieth century. She will transport the audience there with the sights, sounds and tastes of the era. If you know nothing of World War I, come to learn. If you had relatives and friends who were there, come to be reminded. Learn the history, sing the songs, taste the food. Travel back in time to the Homefront. Have real-life time capsule opening experience.

This evening will also include desserts and silent auction. Tickets are available at the Sycamore History Museum, 1730 N. Main Street.

100 Years Ago on the Home Front

Ellie Carlson presents: “A Hundred Years Ago On the Homefront: How Families Faced The War to End All Wars” as part of the Sycamore History Museum’s Winter Fund Raiser on February 16, 2018.

A reluctant but energetic America entered the fighting in 1917. We sent our sons. We rationed our bread. We stopped wearing corsets to save the steel for warships…and we wrote and sang the songs that rallied the troops.

The music, food, patriotic pastimes and tragic losses were things that every American family knew. This war ushered in what came to be known as The American Century. What did it feel, sound and taste like to be there?

During the Sycamore History Museum’s Winter Fund Raiser on February 16, Ellie Carlson has one foot firmly planted in the early twentieth century. Throughout the program, “A Hundred Years Ago On the Homefront: How Families Faced The War to End All Wars” she will transport the audience there with the sights, sounds and tastes of the era. If you know nothing of World War I, come to learn. If you had relatives and friends who were there, come to be reminded. Learn the history, sing the songs, taste the food. Travel back in time to the Homefront. Have real-life time capsule opening experience.

“Ellie is an amazing presenter. She is engaging, funny, and entertaining all while sharing important stories about history. We are very excited to have her as our featured performer as part of our Annual Winter Fund Raiser,” explained Michelle Donahoe, Executive Director of the Sycamore History Museum. “In exploring World War I, Ellie will shares fascinating stories that are unfamiliar to many people. With images, music and food, Ellie will transport our audience to life one hundred years ago,” Donahoe continued.

The evening will include food, silent auction, and cash bar. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Memorial Hall, 322 Waterman Street in Sycamore. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children under 14 and can be purchased as the Sycamore History Museum, Sycamore Chamber or on-line sycamorehistory.org/events

This evening is sponsored by First Midwest bank, IDEAL Industries, Taxco and Banner-up.

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