LETTERS HOME: World War I The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society will host Mark Fritz on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 10:00am as the third lecture of its 2018 Lecture Series.

Entitled “Life on the Home Front & the Art of Propaganda during WW- I: How artful images were used to sway public opinion in favor of the war effort”, Mark Fritz’s lecture will convey to the audience a taste of what it was like to live through World War I as a ‘home-fronter’ in Central Pennsylvania. An emphasis is placed on the way the Wilson Administration used art and media to persuade home-fronters to support the war effort. The power point presentation employs photographs, advertisements, cartoons and headlines from local newspapers, specifically the Columbia County newspapers of the day. Posters were commissioned by Wilson’s ‘Committee on Public Information’.

Mr. Fritz is a retired writer and journalist. He is the author of four books, all of which deal with local history. Published under the auspices of the Columbia County Historical and Genealogical Society, the titles include The Doctor Montgomery Receipts, Small Town Doctor, 2nd World War in 1st Person and LETTERS HOME: World War I (a compilation of letters written to local newspapers by Columbia County soldiers, sailors, aviators, and nurses). Fritz will be autographing LETTERS HOME after his presentation. The book sells for $15 (plus tax) and benefits the Columbia County Historical and Genealogical Society.

During 2018, fourteen lectures at the Taber will focus in on the era of World War I as the 100th anniversary of the end of the war approaches. Traditionally, the end of the war is remembered on Armistice Day (now more commonly referred to as Veteran’s Day), 11 November. In 1918, the armistice was signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I. It took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”. The lectures are free and open to the public.

The Lecture Series combines Thursday morning Coffee Hours with Sunday afternoon Society Programs. The Lecture Series has received the support of the Edward J. Smith Post, Muncy; the Bower-Decker Post 251 American Legion, Montgomery; the Garrett Cochran American Legion Post in Williamsport; and Leroy O. Buck Post, Duboistown. As well, the Lecture Series is underwritten by the Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts. For further information regarding programming at the museum, please telephone the museum at 570.326.3326.