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Learn how Redlands responded to World War I from the experts

By in Press Enterprise on September 16, 2017

By Kristina Hernandez

History buffs can dive into all things World War I when the authors of a book highlighting the conflict kick off their lecture series on the subject in Redlands.

Ann Deegan, one of four writers responsible for “Redlands in World War I” released earlier this year, will speak on Saturday, Sept. 23 at the A.K. Smiley Public Library, 125 W. Vine St. “Entering into Service” will be the topic of her discussion.

April marked the 100th anniversary of America’s involvement in the conflict. “Redlands in World War I” explores the city’s response, as well as the men and women affected by the war both home and abroad.

Deegan, along with historians Maria Carrillo, Nathan Gonzales and Don McCue, pieced the publication together after years of research and help from the community. Local and online archives, and material related to the town and the war aided their search.

The authors had planned to host a lecture series on the subject. A film series was launched earlier this year.

“What has been really interesting is how little has been done to commemorate the war, and we’re seeing that across the country,” Carrillo said. “It’s really great that we’re able to do this.”

When the war broke out in 1917, Redlands had more than 800 men who were either drafted or enlisted in the war, according to the book. At the time, Redlands’ population stood at 10,000. Forty Redlands men died during the conflict, some killed in action or by other means. Those who stayed in the states aided in the war by taking on various jobs and titles. Women took on roles not previously available to them.

“It’s very personal when you talk about the people from this town,” Carrillo said. “It’s a personal, smaller story that you can tell in context of what was going […]    

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