UPCOMING EVENT: WWI IN THE MIDDLE EAST

LECTURE: PHOTOGRAPHING THE EGYPT-PALESTINE FRONT DURING THE GREAT WAR

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2014, 6:00 PM

WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS, 109 OELMAN HALL

Ottoman troops Jerusalem Nablus Rd

Ottoman troops on the Nablus Road, Jerusalem

When we think of the First World War, it’s the Western Front that usually springs to mind. But it was a world war, after all, fought on many fronts, and not just in Europe. The fighting in the Middle East was equally crucial, and the impact of the Great War on the region is still very much visible today. Professor Issam Nassar (Department of History, Illinois State University) will discuss Jamal Pasha’s failed attempt to seize control of the Suez Canal in 1915, featuring images by local Jerusalem photographers Khalil Raad and John Whiting. The Raad/Whiting photos show Ottoman preparations for the war, the men and commanders of Pasha’s Fourth Ottoman Army, military installations, and much more, bringing this largely forgotten campaign back to life. Using photographs as historical documents, Dr. Nassar will examine the role photography — and propaganda — played in the war.

The event is open and free to the public. Free parking is available to visitors (go to the WSU Parking Services website here); Dr. Nassar will speak in the large lecture hall in Oelman (109 Oelman; see campus map here).

Sponsored by: War & Society, Wright State University; Department of Art and Art History, Wright State University; Department of History, Wright State University; University Center for International Education, Wright State University.

OLD MEDIA AND NEW DISCOVERIES

Two things to bring to your attention: first, the new page on this site — Media. Here we’ll link audio and video content relating to the Great War Dayton project as it comes up. Right now that includes two interviews on WHIO’s “Miami Valley Voices” with Ron Rollins and Paul Lockhart.

Second — much of interest is just coming to light in archival collections in the region and in private hands. Special Collections and Archives at Wright State University is digitizing much of their manuscript material relating to the First World War, like the Palmer Coombs diaries and papers (check them out here). The folks at Dayton History keep uncovering treasures of their own. I’ll be profiling some of them on our “Dayton in the Great War” Facebook page, so check it out here. Interesting things on the horizon.

It’s here!

The article on our “Dayton in the Great War” exhibit at Carillon Park is now in the print edition of the Dayton Daily News…yesterday, actually. You still need a subscription to see the online article here. But now there’s video, which you can view whether or not you have a subscription.

Coming up this Sunday, April 6, 8am: my interview with Ron Rollins (DDN), on “Miami Valley Voices,” WHIO 95.7FM, or online. This is a two-parter, so the second half will air April 13 at 8am.

Hopefully this will garner some attention. Apparently people are already calling into Dayton History with objects they want to donate.

The Great War in the news…

Well, it didn’t appear in today’s Dayton Daily News as originally anticipated. I have been assured that it will be so, soon. Tomorrow: shooting a video trailer for the documentary. Wednesday: interview with Ron Rollins (Cox Media) on Dayton in the First World War, the CELIA project, and the 2016 Wright State/Dayton History exhibit on Dayton in the Great War. Big things are happening! 

 And if you haven’t already seen the Wright State “War & Society” Tumblr, check it out. For now, the focus will be on the Great War…and especially its impact on Dayton. 

Dayton in the Great War…in the news

Print story will be out in Monday’s Dayton Daily News. Hopefully TV spot to follow. But for now, here’s the DDN online article on the exhibit we’re going to be doing with Dayton History/Carillon Park, starting in 2016. I’m hoping that the article will inspire folks to look through their attics for letters, diaries, anything that might help us tell the stories of the Miami Valley in the Great War.

World War I artifacts sought for local exhibit | www.mydaytondailynews.com.

via World War I artifacts sought for local exhibit | www.mydaytondailynews.com.

First World War events

The Calendar of Events is now up and running; please check it out by clicking on the “Calendar of Events” link above. More details will be added as they become available. And tomorrow, the Dayton Daily News will run a brief article on Dayton in the war…and what we’re doing to commemorate it. More soon!

In the meantime, if you have any suggestions regarding events that we might include on our calendar, please feel free to contact me (Paul Lockhart, History Department, Wright State University) at warandsociety@wright.edu. Thanks!

What we’re doing…

Hello Daytonians (and anyone who drops by, for that matter):

Welcome to “Commemorating the Great War in Dayton.” This year marks the centennial of the outbreak of the First World War — the “Great War” to an earlier generation — and over the next four years or so our little group of individuals and institutions throughout the Miami Valley will be doing what it can to commemorate this momentous, if tragic, event in our history. Through concerts and lectures, exhibits and film, we hope to draw attention to the importance of the First World War in shaping our culture, our society, our world, our nation, and our communities. And we intend to do so in collaboration. Hence this page. Right now, “Commemorating the Great War in Dayton” is bringing together scholars, musicians, museum professionals, and others from Wright State University, the University of Dayton, Dayton History, and the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance.

Over the next year or more, our group will use this page to list all First World War-related events in Greater Dayton and the surrounding region.

In the meantime, please check out the links (below), and visit my Facebook page on Dayton’s role in the war: Dayton in the Great War.