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Minnesota in the Great War

2017 is the 100th anniversary of the America's entry into the Great War, now known as World War I. Commemorate the Centennial of the First World War by coming to see "Minnesota in the Great War.”

 The First World War, which for America, lasted only 19 months involved more than 100,000 men from Minnesota. They served in the army, navy, marine corps and medical corps. Of that number more than 1,400 were killed in battle or fatally wounded. Another 2,000 died of disease; many from the flu epidemic which broke out during the war. Learn about the huge sacrifice that our state made as you learn about the life of the typical Minnesota soldier or "Doughboy."

 Learn about the new technologies that were introduced during the war. Technologies like the airplane, the submarine, and the tank, made the Great War the first "industrial war." Minnesotans found themselves on battlefields and on seas that were far more lethal than anything that had come before. This interactive program featuring Arn Kind will bring to life what has become a mostly forgotten war.

 This event will be held at all Duluth Public Library locations. Dates and times for each location are listed below:

  • Thursday, March 16, 6 p.m. at the West Duluth Branch Library, 5830 Grand Ave.
  • Friday, March 17, 3:30 p.m. at the Mt. Royal Branch Library, 105 Mt. Royal Cir.
  • Saturday, March 18, 10:30 a.m. at the Main Duluth Public Library, 520 W. Superior St.

 This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more information on Duluth Public Library events, visit or call 730-4200.