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Old Westbury Gardens World War I Centennial

World War I Centennial

During the 2018 season, Old Westbury Gardens will present a number of exhibits and lectures commemorating the 100th anniversay of the end of World War One.  These include the following:


Gallery talks: The Great War: Portraits of Privilege, Duty and Sacrifice. Every Sunday and Wednesday until October 7th, 1:00 pm

World War I CentennialThe Great War: Portraits of Privilege, Duty, and Sacrifice exhibit introduces World War I
— its causes, responses by Americans prior to the declaration of war against Germany by the US in April 1917, and the subsequent mobilization of social institutions, human labor, and popular will, particularly on Long Island.  On display in Westbury House June 23 - October 7.  For more infirmation, CLICK HERE.

The Great War: Lecture Series

In association with The Great War: Portraits of Privilege, Duty, and Sacrifice Old Westbury Gardens presents a series of talks exploring the War’s affect upon the lives of Americans.

Role of Long Island’s Business and Political Leaders during the Great War Sunday, October 7,  2:00 pm.  Presented by Richard Welch, Guest Curator for Old Westbury Gardens’ WWI exhibit, LI historian and educator, author of the newly published book World War I and Long Island.

Men, Women, and Social Change in World War I.  Sunday, October 21, 2:00 pm, Presented by Libby O’Connell, Commissioner, US World War I Centennial Commission, author of The American Plate: A History of the United States in 100 Bites.

Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War: The 369th Regiment. Sunday, November 4, 2:00 pm. Presented by Jeffery Sammons, Professor of History, New York University, co-author with John H. Morrow, Jr. of Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African American Quest for Equality.

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Phipps: Letters from the Great War, Sunday, November 11, 2:00 pm.  A presentation about the correspondence from the archives the Phipps’s friends, families, and charities.

All talks are included with admission and will be held in the Barn at Orchard Hill.