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Lunch and Lecture series-Understanding the First World War –A Century Later

Date: Wednesday, 19 April, 2017 - Wednesday, 19 April, 2017

Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: Veterans Memorial Hall211 N. Main St Rockford, IL 61101

Veterans Memorial Hall

Lunch and Lecture series 

Understanding the First World War –A Century Later

 Terry Dyer was born in Rockford and is a lifelong resident of northern Illinois. Terry’s passion for military history began when at an early age his father took him on a tour of Veterans Memorial Hall and spoke of his great-great uncle who served with the 12th Illinois Cavalry in the Civil War.

Terry currently holds the position of Docent at Veterans Memorial Hall and is the  past State Commander of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, a member S.U.V.C.W John A. Logan camp #26, and the Rock River Civil War Round Table.


         Wednesday April 19 2017 11AM-1 PM- Part 1

“Some Damned Mishap the Balkans” Why The World Went To War

In the spring of 1914, Europe was a troubled continent, especially in the Balkans where just about anything could set off a spark, that spark as set off on June 28, 1914.


              Wednesday May 17 2017  11AM-1 PM-Part II 

             “A Quick And Easy Little War” - It Will Be Over By Christmas

Through a decidedly tangled mesh of alliances that spark ignited what was supposed to be a short, victorious war, causing the people of  Europe to stumble, stagger, and then leapt willingly into the world’s first global war.

               Wednesday June 21 2017 11AM-1 PM-Part III                     “Here Come The Yanks” – America Enters The War

After nearly three years of unimaginable conflict costing millions of lives the war is at a stalemate, following a series of events America enters the war on April 6, 1917, by declaring war on the German Empire.


 Each session will follow the same agenda:

10:45- Arrival

11:00- Lecture

Noon- Lunch

12:30- Building Tour (optional)


Cost $12.00 (per session including lunch) for reservations please contact

Veterans Memorial Hall at 815.969.1999

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Winnebago County
404 Elm Street
Rockford, IL 61101
OFC: (815) 319-4444

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