Saturday, May 26th, 2018

A Surprising Wealth of Information at the BDIC

The Bibliothèque de Documentation Internationale Contemporaine sits on the slightly secluded campus of Unitersité Paris Nanterre. It’s a bit difficult to find using public transportation, as the archive itself is nestled into the university’s library building, but the trip was certainly worth the effort. Julia Stevens (‘20) and I arrived at the archive not quite knowing what to expect. After receiving our researcher ID cards and receiving some help from the staff, we began searching through BDIC’s archives for information on Katharine and Frances Baker, Bucknell sisters who served as dedicated volunteer nurses, and Service Sanitaire unités 524 and 525, […]

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Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Reflecting on Charles O’Brien

This Memorial Day, our group of eight visited the burial site of First Lieutenant Charles O’Brien, a Pennsylvania native and a Bucknellian in the Class of 1909, at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery. Lt. O’Brien was one of the countless men and women to put their country and its values above all else and serve in the First World War. Lt. O’Brien’s story in WWI was short but powerful, because of his dauntless courage and inspiration. These qualities are some of the reasons why I was compelled to learn more about him and his pre-war story/life. It was haunting to stare […]

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Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Bucknell, the Liberal Arts, & WWI

Where did history happen, what history do we consider to be significant, who are ‘we’, and what can history do for us? As a geographer involved with this project, I have found myself considering these essential and interrelated questions, as we have all struggled to make sense of the massive scale of death associated with WWI, and to somehow find some meaning in it. So where did WWI history happen? Here I would argue it’s all about perspective, and for most people in the world, WWI history happened somewhere else -far beyond respective nation state borders. The result is that […]

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Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Visiting St. Thibault

I wish I could have posted this yesterday but the internet connection was a little iffy, however may 26th was a great day for developing the picture of Lieutenant George Wilson Potts, the Bucknellian that I chose to research before our trip. We visited the area that he likely fought for against the Germans after American troops descended from St. Thibault towards the Marne River. The area was a bridge that was essentially the only way over the river and the only way for either side to advance. This was where Lt. Potts earned his silver star for his valor […]

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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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