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2018 Free History Brown Bag Series: America’s Greatest Battle

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The Greeley Historic Preservation Commission continues the free 2018 History Brown Bag Series held on the 4th Thursday of each month from January through October, noon to 1 p.m. On Thursday, October 25th, University of Northern Colorado History Professor Emeritus Ron Edgerton will present about America’s Greatest Battle.  He will also give the same presentation at 1:30 p.m. due to sizeable number of students attending the presentations.  Both presentations will be held in the Community Room at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th Street.  The presentations are free, open to the public and no reservations are required.

For many of the 1 million American soldiers who fought in it, the terrible Meuse-Argonne Battle gave rise to haunting nightmares for the rest of their lives.  Confronting well-entrenched German troops occupying rugged terrain between the Meuse River and Argonne Forest, the doughboys attacked, fell back, and attacked again and again.  Extraordinary acts of heroism marked the 47 days and nights of battle between September 26 and November 11, 1918.  These included the unfailing resolve of Col. Charles Whittlesey’s “Lost Battalion,” and the unflinching courage and deadly accuracy of Sergeant Alvin York.  Other famous Americans who played important roles in the battle included John J. Pershing, George Marshall, Douglas MacArthur and Harry Truman.  In all, 26,277 Americans died, while another 96,000 suffered physical wounds and an untold number incurred psychological scars that would stay with them for life.  It was the greatest battle in American military history.  Why have so few of us even heard of the Meuse-Argonne?  Dr. Edgerton will introduce you to the battle and ensure that the Meuse-Argonne Offensive remains imprinted on your memory from this time forth.

Following are the remaining offers a part of the 2018 History Brown Bag series.  All remaining presentations will be held at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th Street, in the Community Room, unless otherwise noted.

November 8               
Battlefields, Cemeteries and Monuments of WWI in Europe , Don Runnells (NEW addition to 2018 History Brown Bag series)

For more information, contact Betsy Kellums in the Historic Preservation Office at betsy.kellums@greeleygov.com or 350-9222.


Release Date:
Oct 19, 2018

For more information, media representatives should contact:

Betsy Kellums, Historic Preservation Specialist
Community Development Department
970-350-9222
betsy.kellums@greeleygov.com

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