Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Honoring Katherine Baker’s Legacy

We were fortunate enough to spend our first full day in Paris honoring the work and legacy of Bucknell Institute alumnae Katherine Baker, class of  1892. Ms. Baker had served in Paris as a nurse during the First World War, where she traveled with French troops and worked in dangerous conditions that would lead to her death later in life. She was awarded a the rank of corporal (a rare appointment for those not in the military) and multiple awards for her tireless, passionate service to the French troops. Additionally, as we learned today, Ms. Baker also assisted Henri Rollet, a French attorney […]

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Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

New AMBC film on Meuse-Argonne / visiting our fallen Bucknellians

We had a fantastic day today during our visit to the Katherine Baker (1892) Pavilion at the Les Pléiades campus of the Henri Rollet Foundation, which protects and educates in-danger young women. Others will address this visit, but I was honored by our hosts and proud of our mature and engaged students Amy Collins, Julia Stevens, Steven Carita, AJ Paollela, and Dante Fresse! I share with you a new film produced by the American Battlefield Memorial Commission, which addresses the war overall and the Meuse-Argonne cemetery in particular. We will visit Bucknell fallen alumni veterans Charles O’Brien (’09) at the […]

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Friday, May 19th, 2017

Retracing the journey and honoring the service of Joe Aleshouckas (1915)

After doing a lot of archival research and ‘detective work’, we’re really looking forward to visiting the little French village of Manonville on the afternoon of May 27th, and more precisely what is now a nondescript farmer’s field but what was once a WWI American aerodrome on the Western Front. Here we are retracing the journey and honoring the service of Joe Aleshouckas (1915), a pilot who was stationed here with the 168th Aero Squadron. Keep following our blog (here on our webpage) and we’ll let you know what we discover!

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Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Itinerary for the Bucknellians in World War I Field Research Trip to France and Belgium, 22 May – 1 June

Date Location Sites 5/22/17 Newark airport 5/23/17 Paris arrive; travel into Paris; rest, relax, etc. 5/24/17 Paris Issy-les-Moulineaux (Baker Pavillion at Henri Rollet Association), perhaps during afternoon American Hospital in Paris or American Memorial at Suresnes 5/25/17 Paris free day 5/26/17 Paris to Argonne acquire van; Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial via Fismes; perhaps a stop first at Bazoches-sur-Vesles, behind which is Saint-Thibaut (for AJ) and the La Cendrière Woods at Bourg-et-Comin (for Amy); after stopping at hotel, proceed to Musée Marne 14-18 in Suippes 5/27/17 Argonne meet Dr. Thomson at 8:15am; hike to St. Hubert’s Pavilion; lunch; Pennsylvania Memorial […]

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Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Welcome to the Bucknellians in World War I blog

A hearty welcome to the Bucknellians in World War I blog. This site, so kindly put together for the BinWWI group by Jesse Turri, will serve as a site where the participants in our two planned field research projects to retrace the steps Bucknellian particpants in World War I took in France and Belgium, can share their experiences as they travel. The participants in the first trip, which will occur Monday, 22 May 2017 through Thursday, 1 June 2017, will include five students (Amy Collins ’18, AJ Paollela ’18, Dante Fresse ’18, Julia Carita ’20, and Julia Stevens ’20), two […]

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