‘100 Years Ago on the Home Front’ for the Museum Friday


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. This war 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 Fund Raiser on February 16, Ellie Carlson has one foot firmly planted in the early twentieth 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 to the Homefront. Have 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 Fund Raiser,” explained Michelle Donahoe, Executive Director of the Sycamore History Museum. “In exploring World War I, Ellie will shares 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 continued.

The evening this Friday will include food, silent auction, and cash bar. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Memorial Hall, 322 Waterman Street in Sycamore. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children under 14 and can be purchased as the Sycamore History Museum, Sycamore Chamber or on-line sycamorehistory.org/events

This evening is sponsored by First Midwest bank, IDEAL Industries, Taxco and Banner-up Signs.

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