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The Great War: A Nation Comes of Age Screening and Panel Discussion

Friday, March 31, 7–9 p.m.

Join us for a screening of part of The Great War documentary, followed by a panel discussion featuring:

  • R. Jackson Marshall III – Deputy Director, Division of State History Museums/Curator of World War 1 exhibit
  • Jeffrey J. Crow, Ph.D. - former director of the Office of Archives and History and deputy secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
  • Jessica A. Bandel - Research Historian for the Historical Research Office, North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

About the Documentary

Drawing on the latest scholarship, including unpublished diaries, memoirs and letters, The Great War tells the rich and complex story of World War I through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators and the American troops who came to be known as “doughboys.” 

The series explores the experiences of African-American and Latino soldiers, suffragists, Native-American “code talkers” and others whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten.

The Great War is also a story of little-known heroism and sacrifice (including the deadliest battle in American history) that would leave more than 53,000 men dead on the battlefield and more than 60,000 dead from disease. American fatalities would come at a critical time in the war, but they would be dwarfed by a cataclysm of violence that would ultimately claim 15 million lives.

The Great War, a six-hour, three-night event, will premiere in April 2017 in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into the war on April 6, 1917. “The Great War” is executive produced by Mark Samels and directed by award-winning filmmakers Stephen Ives, Amanda Pollak and Rob Rapley.

Event is free, but space is limited. Please reserve your seat(s) RSVP here or with Karen Nowak via email at or 877-407-0004.