Throughout the month of May, the Friends of the Frankfort Public Library is hosting In the Trenches of World War I, a series of programs that offer compelling stories about the war and educate the community about its history and impact.
The library will hold of a number of activities in conjunction with its annual meeting on May 14:
- In honor of the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the library will display a half-scale replica of the tomb on its lawn. Members of the Indiana Patriot Guard will escort the replica to the library the morning of May 14, and the replica will be on view from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (In the event of inclement weather, the replica will move inside to the circulation area.) The Frankfort VFW Post #1110 is sponsoring the display of the replica.
- At 6:15 p.m., storyteller Sharon Kirk Clifton will present “Over There and Back Again,” which tells the story of Ruth Wright, an Indiana native who served as a nurse in WWI. Clifton has received multiple awards for her writing as well as a Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship. The program takes place in the library’s Skanta Theatre.
- At 7 p.m., Sgt. Matt Kreeb will speak. While in the Army Sgt. Kreeb was a sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, serving in a number of roles, most distinctively as Assistant Sergeant of the Guard. Sgt. Kreeb will share a history of the tomb and discuss his experiences training for and serving as a guard. The program takes place in the library’s Skanta Theatre.
For more information, contact Mindy Emswiller at email@example.com or 765.654.8746.
This program received support from an Indiana Humanities Action Grant.