Howard County Historical Society named part of state WWI commemoration

Howard County Historical Society named part of state WWI commemoration

10/17/2017

The Howard County Historical Society is asking community members to bring in any mementos that relate to Howard County's involvement in World War I, including such items as letters, photos, uniforms and medals, to be included in a project this fall to tell the story of Howard County's involvement in “The Great War.”

The project, which will culminate in the society’s annual meeting Oct. 17, recently was approved by the Indiana World War I Centennial Committee to be part of the State of Indiana’s official commemoration of the war’s 100th anniversary.

“We are excited our Oct. 17 annual meeting will be part of the state and national effort ‘to educate, honor and commemorate the Great War’ and we hope local residents will be excited to be a part of it as well,” said Peggy Hobson, HCHS board member and chair of the event committee. “We hope anyone in Howard County with family connections to the war will want to share their mementoes and stories as part of this historical activity.”
The Howard County Historical Society will put these borrowed or donated items on exhibit to tell the story of Howard County's war involvement. On Oct. 17 at Rozzi’s Continental Ballroom, as part of its annual meeting, the historical society will have a program that will be open to the public to showcase the artifacts and re-enact the war effort put forward by Howard County.

Jonathan Russell, Howard County historian, has been gathering information on the county’s World War I involvement and is supporting the local commemoration of the war’s centennial.

In planning the October annual meeting, the society has focused on the wealth of information collected by Howard County educator and historian C.V. Haworth in his 352-page “History of Howard County in the World War” published in 1920, just two years after the war’s end. Very comprehensive, "Howard County in the World War" includes organizations contributing to the war effort and an explanation of the projects and/or donations they made. It lists all Howard County residents known to have been in military service in the war.

“We are contacting such organizations that not only were in existence in Howard County at the time but that, as we learned from Mr. Haworth’s book, contributed to the war effort,” Hobson said. “There were fund drives, letter-writing campaigns, and shipping of food and supply packages that local organizations supported and we want to share those stories.”

Hobson said the group hopes to go beyond the photos and the artifacts to share the personal stories of people caught up in “The War to End War.” Anyone willing to lend or donate memorabilia related to Howard County in World War I for the project is asked to contact Hobson at 765-271-0039 or mpzhobson@gmail.com for more information by Aug. 15.

For more information on the state commemoration efforts, go to www.ww1cc.org/indiana .