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April, 2017

Decatur County in the First World War
Dates: Thursday, April 06, 2017

Decatur County in the First World War 100th Anniversary of the United States Entry into the War The Greensburg School Corporation will commemorate the centennial of the start of World War I at the Decatur County Courthouse under the supervision of John Pratt. The community will be honoring all 29 Gold Star Honor Roll members of their community. Each grave site will be decorated and have photos taken, including the four buried in American cemeteries in France. This event will take place on April 6, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the Greensburg High School Auditorium to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the United ...
Contact: jopratt@greensburg.k12.in.us
Decatur County Courthouse

Greensburg, IN

 

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Carroll County WWI Ceremony
Dates: Thursday, April 06, 2017 11:00am

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the United States' official entry into World War I, Carroll County residents will hold a ceremony at the Carroll County Courthouse Lawn in Delphi, Indiana. The ceremony will take place on April 6, 2017 at 11 a.m. For more information, please email Carroll County Historian, Mark Alan Smith: markalansmith12171948@gmail.com
Contact: markalansmith12171948@gmail.com
Carroll County Courthouse

Delphi, IN

 

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Indiana World War I Centennial Kick Off Ceremony
Dates: Thursday, April 06, 2017 12:00pm - 01:00pm

  The United States officially entered World War I on April 6, 1917, a war that changed our state, nation and the world forever. To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the United States entering World War I, the Indiana World War I Centennial Committee hosted a ceremony on April 6, 2017 from noon to 1 p.m. inside Pershing Auditorium at the Indiana War Memorial to commemorate the start of the war.  This event brought Hoosiers together in honor of the United States’ official entry into World War I. The ceremony featured speakers including Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Brig. Gen. Ronald A. ...
Contact: WorldWarICentennial@iara.in.gov
Indiana War Memorial

Indianapolis, IN

 

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August, 2017

Indiana Genealogy & Local History Fair
Dates: Monday, August 28, 2017 10:00am - 03:30pm

The Indiana State Library will host the annual Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair in downtown Indianapolis. Admission is free and open to the general public. This year’s theme is “Sacrificing and Shaping the Future,” commemorating the Centennial of the Great War and examining military resources and history. Over 30 organizations and exhibitors will be in attendance. Visit the tables in the exhibition hall to collect information from genealogical and local history organizations, and shop the commercial vendors. Highly acclaimed, internationally known speakers and genealogy consultants, Kathleen Brandt and Katherine R. Willson, will present.
Contact: Stephanie Asberry - StAsberry@library.IN.gov
Indiana State Library

Indianapolis, IN

 

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October, 2017

Alex Arch Commemoration
Dates: Monday, October 23, 2017 05:00pm

Join the Schuyler Colfax Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution as they honor and remember WWI hero Sergeant Alexander Louis Arch.  Sergeant Arch of South Bend, IN was the first to strike at the enemy in World War I. On October 23, 1917, Alexander Arch would pull the lanyard on the gun that would cement his name in history.  Event Details: Monday, October 23, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. EDT Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens 10776 McKinley Highway, Osceola, Indiana 46561 Access Cemetery from Jefferson Blvd. - Site at Chapel Maus CA 42 The public is invited to bring Greetings and to place a Wreath.  Please RSVP at ...
Contact: Carol S. Nichols, Chapter Regent, Schuyler Colfax Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 574-651-9660
Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens

Osceola, Indiana

 

Category: Commemoration & Memorial Events
November, 2017

M-1917 U.S. Tank Dedication
Dates: Thursday, November 02, 2017 06:30pm

Join the Indiana Military Museum as well as the Indiana WWI Centennial Committee in dedicating an M1917 U.S. tank that has been fully restored in Vincennes, IN. It is one of approximately fifteen U.S. M-1917 tanks in the country. The banquet will be held at the Highland Woods Community Center in Vincennes, IN. It is located at 1377 South Hart Street just off the Highway 41 bypass. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are on sale for $50.00. There will be a social hour between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Highland Woods Community Center where the banquet ...
Contact: WorldWarICentennial@iara.in.gov
Vincennes, IN

Vincennes, IN

 

Category: Commemoration & Memorial Events

James Bethel Gresham Commemoration
Dates: Friday, November 03, 2017 12:00pm

Join the Indiana World War I Centennial Committee in honoring Hoosier WWI hero James Bethel Gresham.  Among the first American Doughboys to be sent to the front, James Gresham was a Hoosier who would be one of the first American soldiers to reach the battlefield in France and one of the first to give his life in the First World War. He was an average American from humble beginnings whose life was consistently characterized by personal sacrifice: both at home in Evansville, where he chose working to support his family over continuing his education, and on the Western Front where he ...
Contact: WorldWarICentennial@iara.in.gov
Locust Hill Cemetery

Evansville, IN

 

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Next Meeting

Indiana World War I Centennial Committee Meeting

  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Indiana War Memorial - Woodfill Memorial Room
    431 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Next Event

Alex Arch Commemoration

  • Please join us as we remember and honor WWI hero Sergeant Alexander Louis Arch who fired the first American shot of the war.

    - Monday, October 23, 2017
    - 5 p.m., EDT
    - Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens
    - 10776 McKinley Highway, Osceola, Indiana 56561

  • Learn more here: Alex Arch Commemoration

Indiana World War I Centennial Committee

Leadership

  • Chairperson
    Jim Corridan
    Indiana Archives and Records Administration
  • Vice Chair
    Jim Osborne
    Indiana Military Museum
  • Executive Director
    Brig. Gen. Stewart Goodwin
    Indiana War Memorial

Committee Members

  • Bruce Blomberg
    Indiana Department of Education
  • Hannah Brown
    Governor's Office
  • Jim Brown
    Indiana Department of Veteran's Affairs
  • Wayne Eells
    Sons of the American Revolution
  • Katherine Gould
    Indiana State Museum
  • Gerald Hadley
    Indiana National Guard
  • Elizabeth Howard
    Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Dr. Dan Murphy
    Hanover College
  • Lauren Patton
    Indiana State Library
  • Johnathan Pickett
    Department of Indiana, American Legion
  • Jo Ann Remender
    Salvation Army
  • Dr. Lawrence Sondhaus
    University of Indianapolis
  • Dr. Kathleen A. Tobin
    Indiana Association of Historians
  • Major Bob Webster
    Salvation Army