MOUNT VERNON - The first week of April this year marks the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I, in which several hundred Knox County persons served both at home and abroad.
The event will be featured as the program for the Wednesday, April 5, meeting of the Knox County Historical Society, 875 Harcourt Road in Mount Vernon, starting at 7:30 p.m. The illustrated program will be given by KCHS longtime member and Trustee, Dr. John Fowler, who for many years has been gathering information and artifacts relating to Knox County’s military history.
Dr. Fowler's presentation will highlight life in Knox County and America in the years leading up to the war, the circumstances that brought us into the conflict, and information about many of the area people who saw service during World War I.
Dr. Fowler also encourages any Knox County families who had ancestors who served to bring photographs, uniforms or other artifacts for display at the Museum or, if desired, to add to Museum collections. The meeting is free and open to the public, and all persons interested in area history are invited to attend.
The April meeting also represents the Annual Meeting of the Historical Society, at which Trustees are considered for continuation or addition to the KCHS Board. All Annual and Life Members of the Society are especially encouraged to attend. For more information, contact the Museum at 740-393-5247, or the website at www.knoxhistory.org.
End of World War I in Mount Vernon - photo submitted