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Museum to hold World War I lecture

• Apr 12, 2018 at 3:00 PM

The Tri-Cities Historical Museum will host the third in a series of lectures on the history of World War I: “World War I on the Periphery: Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.”

The lecture will be presented by James Smither, PhD, Grand Valley State University. It will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednedsay, April 18 at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, 200 Washington Ave. in Grand Haven.

Smither will present on the regions and significant, though little known, battles fought on the periphery of World War I, in places like Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

This lecture is the third in a year-long series of lectures and events held in support of the museum’s newest exhibit, Courage Without Fear: The Red Arrow Division in World War I.

Smither has a BA from the University of Chicago and an MA and Ph.D. from Brown University. He has taught at the University of Connecticut and the University of Dayton, and has been at GVSU since 1990. He served as chair of the History Department between 2001 and 2007, and currently serves as the director of the GVSU Veterans History Project. Smither has conducted more than 1,000 oral history interviews since 2007.

The Courage Without Fear lecture series is sponsored and supported by the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. The Tri-Cities Historical Museum’s newest exhibit, Courage Without Fear: The Red Arrow Division in World War I opened to the public in early January and will run through Nov. 25, 2018.

The Red Arrow Division fought in several key battles during the last months of the war, and it included many soldiers from the Tri-Cities area.

The Tri-Cities Historical Museum is free and open to the public Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Tri-Cities Historical Museum at (616) 842-0700 or visit www.tri-citiesmuseum.org.

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