Lexington Remembers WWI is jointly sponsored by Lexington Historical Society, Town Celebrations Committee, Lexington Minute Men, and Lexington Veteran's Association.
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, 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, 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, Lexington Depot, Lecture: "Impact of WWI." Professor Dan Breen teaches Legal Studies at Brandeis University, where he was named the recipient of the 2017 Louis Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
Friday, October 19, 6 PM, Masonic Hall, Armistice Day Poppy Gala. Catered dinner. Silent auction. Toe-tapping music. Fundraiser for Lexington Historical Society.
Thursday, November 1, 7 PM, 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, 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.
Sunday, November 11
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.
For more information on the conservation of these flags and to donate to their treatment, visit here.