A reluctant but energetic America entered the fighting in 1917. We sent our sons. We rationed our bread. We stopped wearing corsets to save the steel for warships … and we wrote and sang the songs that rallied the troops.
The music, food, patriotic pastimes and tragic losses were things that every American family knew. World War I ushered in what came to be known as The American Century. What did it feel, sound and taste like to be there?
During the Sycamore History Museum’s Winter Fundraiser on Feb. 16, Ellie Carlson has one foot firmly planted in the early 20th century. Throughout the program, “A Hundred Years Ago On the Homefront: How Families Faced The War to End All Wars” she will transport the audience there with the sights, sounds and tastes of the era.
If you know nothing of World War I, come to learn. If you had relatives and friends who were there, come to be reminded. Learn the history, sing the songs, taste the food. Travel back in time. Have a real-life time capsule-opening experience.
“Ellie is an amazing presenter. She is engaging, funny and entertaining all while sharing important stories about history. We are very excited to have her as our featured performer as part of our annual winter fundraiser,” Michelle Donahoe, executive director of the Sycamore History Museum, said in a news release.
“In exploring World War I, Ellie will share fascinating stories that are unfamiliar to many people. With images,music and food, Ellie will transport our audience to life one hundred years ago,” Donahoe said in the release.
The evening will include food, a silent auction and cash bar. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Memorial Hall, 322 Waterman St. in Sycamore. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $10 for children younger than 14 and can be bought at the Sycamore History Museum, Sycamore Chamber of Commerce, 407 W State St., or online at sycamorehistory.org/events.