Browse World War I materials in Lexington Historical Society's collections here.
Lexington Remembers WWI is jointly sponsored by Lexington Historical Society, Town Celebrations Committee, Lexington Minute Men, Lexington Veteran's Association,
and Cary Memorial Library.
Events supported by
the Community Endowment of Lexington, an Endowed Fund of the Foundation for MetroWest,
the Lexington Lions Club, and the Rotary Club of Lexington.
Colonial Times Magazine,
Great coverage of WWI events and stories.
Events & Activities
October and November 2018, Cary Library. Exhibits of objects, ephemera, and archival material.
October 2018 – March 2019, CVS Pharmacy, "Lexington's Lost Generation: Soldiers of WWI". Window exhibit memorializing Lexington soldiers who died in the war.
Thursday, October 4, 7 PM (light refreshments starting at 6:30), Lexington Depot, Lecture: "India's Role in WWI." Michele Louro, Professor, Salem State University: India's Role in WWI. Michele L. Louro received her Ph.D. from Temple University and is broadly trained in the fields of modern South Asian history, British imperial history, international history, and world history.
Thursday, October 11, 7 PM (light refreshments starting at 6:30), Lexington Depot, Lecture: "Edith Norse Rogers and History of Veterans." Pat Fontaine, Professor at University of Massachusetts–Lowell,is passionately interested in the history of WWI, especially the history of France during the German occupation. Her concern about the history of veterans led her to discover Mrs. Rogers' extraordinary contributions to those who served the United States.
Thursday, October 18, 7 PM (light refreshments starting at 6:30), Lexington Depot, Lecture: "Impact of WWI." Dan Breen, professor of Legal Studies at Brandeis University, where he was named the recipient of the 2017 Louis Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching, examines the US entry into WWI. In the Spring of 1917, while most of Europe was mired in the calamitous First World War, the United States was enjoying a prosperous peace. Why, then, did President Wilson deem it crucial for the United States to actually enter the war, committing Americans to the misery of the trenches?
Friday, October 19, 6 PM, Masonic Hall, Armistice Day Poppy Gala. Catered dinner. Silent auction. Toe-tapping music. Fundraiser for Lexington Historical Society.
Tuesday, October 23, 6 PM, Lexington Depot, Book Club.
The first book for this year's Book Club is "The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War" by Richard Rubin. In conjunction with our WWI commemorations, read and discuss interviews of the final surviving men who fought in the first world war. Tickets.
Wednesday, October 24, 7 PM, Lexington Depot, The Devil Dogs: A Documentary Film about Americans in WWI – A Film Screening and Discussion. This film features the story of sisters Carolyn Kingston and Diana Cole as they uncover the story of their grandfather, Major Edward B. Cole, and his involvement in the Battle of Belleau Wood. Kingston and Cole will lead a discussion after the film. More information.
Thursday, November 1, 7 PM (light refreshments starting at 6:30), Lexington Depot, Lecture: "World War I: The End, The Failed Treaty, And The Enduring Legacies." Dan Leclerc, former military officer, educator, and lecturer. An appointed member of the Massachusetts World War I Centennial Commission, he regularly presents seminars with a focus on World War I.
Tuesday, November 6, 7 PM (light refreshments starting at 6:30), Lexington Depot, Lecture: "1914: Could History Repeat Itself?" Joseph Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, Emeritus and former Dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
Friday, November 9, 6:30 PM, Lexington Depot, Salute to the Songs of World War I. A cabaret-style evening at Lexington Historical Society. Period music, entertainment, food.
Saturday, November 10, 7 PM, Cary Hall, Lexington Symphony. Featuring compositions by Joseph Canteloube who was inspired to write these pieces while serving in the French Army during WWI. More information.
Sunday, November 11
Tuesday, November 13, 1:15 PM, Cary Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, Lexington Veterans Association Monthly Speaker Program, "Pilgrimage to My Grandfather’s War." Carolyn Kingston and Toni Tasker, whose grandfathers fought in World War I, follow two separate paths of discovery in France where their grandfathers served.
Lexington's Liberty Loan Flags
During World War I, communities were encouraged to launch drives for the sale of bonds to finance the American involvement in the war. There were five drives in total, including one after the war had ended. A community that met its quota for a drive was awarded a Liberty Loan flag by the U.S. Treasury.
Lexington met its quota in all five drives. It received four flags and then, to show oversubscription in all drives, its fourth flag was altered with a line through the four stripes. It is exceedingly rare for any one institution to possess four intact flags.
Two of these flags have been conserved recently and will be on display on November 11. For more information on the conservation of these flags and to donate to their treatment, visit here.