On Sunday, November 11, 2018, the Elmhurst History Museum invites the community to honor Veterans Day and learn about the history of the First World War with a performance by accomplished living history impersonator R. J. Lindsey. Mr. Lindsey will bring to life the story of General Charles Dawes, a successful Chicago banker and businessman who was compelled to serve his country during WWI. At the seasoned age of 52, Dawes joined the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) in France under the leadership of General Pershing. He famously coordinated American, British, Belgium, Italian, and French military requirements during the war, earning high honors from all five nations. After the war, he was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1925 for his work on the Dawes Plan for WWI reparations. Dawes also served as the 30th U.S. Vice President alongside Calvin Coolidge from 1925 to 1929, and he was appointed Ambassador to the United Kingdom in 1929.
The program takes place at 2:00 p.m. in the Elmhurst History Museum’s Education Center, located just south of the Elmhurst History Museum at 120 E. Park Ave. in Elmhurst. Reservations are required and may be made online at www.elmhursthistory.org (in the Adult Programs section) or by calling 630-530-6879. The program is free to members of the Elmhurst Heritage Foundation, and $5 for non-members. Limited, free on-site parking is available.
This year, on the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, learn more about the history of the conflict through the eyes of one of the many veterans who served with honor, General Charles Dawes. For more information, visit the Elmhurst History Museum’s web site at www.elmhursthistory.org or call 630-833-1457.